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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Racist cartoon inspired by Darwinism


To many people, the chimpanzee in the above cartoon represents Pres. Obama.[1]

The stupid fathead who drew the above cartoon should read "From Darwin to Hitler" by Richard Weikhart and "Darwin's Plantation" by Answers-in-Genesis to see how scientists depicted black people as being apelike.

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Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Guess who has written about the powerful influence of Darwinism in fostering racism, eugenics, and thus rather clearly, Nazism? Abraham Foxman, who now tries to deny the well-established Darwin-to-Hitler link.

Foxman wrote an introduction to Hitler's Mein Kampf (Houghton-Mariner Books paperback edition, 1999,) in which Foxman said:

"Racial theories became increasingly radical as they incorporated aspects of Darwinism, which swept the Western world in the mid- to late 1800's. Applied to race, the ideas of evolution and the 'survival of the fittest' turned the history of humanity, as well as the contemporary world, into a story of racial conflict. When coupled with nationalism, racial (social) Darwinism led to the development of national archetypes; thus educated people at the end of the nineteenth century could seriously claim that the distinctive cultural characteristics of the English, French, Americans and Germans were biological. Eugenics movements with the goal of improving national or racial 'stock' through selective breeding (which later became inextricably linked with the Nazi regime in popular perception) arose in England, Scandanavia, and the United States." (p.xx.)

So Foxman understands the Darwin-to-Hitler influence quite well; and it seems that he should hardly object to David Berlinski's point that Darwin's views were a "necessary, but not sufficient condition" for the rise of Nazism.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 5:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears that those who were protesting the cartoon were the racists. The author was commenting on the lack of intelligence of those who wrote the stimulus package. It was Al Sharpton who first claimed a similarity of the chimpanzee to Obama.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 6:41:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

"Eminent evolutionary biologists" of Hitler's era evidently regarded Hitler as a true Darwinist, a real disciple of Darwin's theory of evolution. Certainly that was the view of Sir Arthur Keith, a well-known British "evolutionary biologist," who merits his own entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica Online.

In 1942 Sir Arthur wrote an essay, "The Behavior of Germany Considered from an Evolutionary Point of View in 1942." The essay was reprinted in Keith's book Evolution and Ethics, published by Putnam in 1947.

"The leader of Germany is an evolutionist not only in theory, but, as millions know to their cost, in the rigor of its practice," wrote Keith in 1942, during WWII. (p.10 of the book.)

Keith notes that Hitler believed in some sort of God, and was thus a theistic evolutionist, or theistic Darwinist: "I may remark incidentally...the German Fuehrer, like Bishop Barnes and many of our more intellectual clergy, regards evolution as God's mode of creation." (Keith, p.11.)

Keith points out that in Mein Kampf, Hitler expounds the doctrine of reproductive isolation, which Darwinists regard as the key to the rise of new species: "Here we have expounded the perfectly sound doctrine of evolutionary isolation; even as an ethical doctrine it should not be condemned," writes Keith.

Darwinists hold that geographical factors, etc., can cause one variety, subspecies, or "race" to no longer interbreed with another. This supposedly results in the races going their separate evolutionary ways, and eventually evolving into different species.

In Mein Kampf, Hitler made it clear that he wanted to enforce the reproductive isolation of different "races." As Keith writes about German Jews and German non-Jews: "Is it possible for two peoples living within the same frontiers, dwelling side by side, to work out harmoniously their separate evolutionary destinies? Apparently Hitler believes this to be impossible." (p.14)

After WWII, as Nazism fell into great and well-deserved disrepute, it apparently became Taboo for conventional evolutionary biologists to point out that Hitler was greatly influenced by Darwinist ideas.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 4:57:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Jim Sherwood said (Tuesday, February 24, 2009 5:58:00 PM) --
>>>>> Foxman wrote an introduction to Hitler's Mein Kampf (Houghton-Mariner Books paperback edition, 1999,) in which Foxman said:

"Racial theories became increasingly radical as they incorporated aspects of Darwinism, which swept the Western world in the mid- to late 1800's . . . . " <<<<<<<

WOW, did the Anti-Defamation League's Abe Foxman really say those things? He has sure done a complete about-face -- he angrily denounced the Darwin-to-Hitler themes of the Coral Ridge Ministries' "Darwin's Deadly Legacy" TV documentary and Ben Stein's movie "Expelled." The ADL said of "Expelled,"

Anti-Evolution Film Misappropriates the Holocaust

New York, NY, April 29, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued the following statement regarding the controversial film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

The film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed misappropriates the Holocaust and its imagery as a part of its political effort to discredit the scientific community which rejects so-called intelligent design theory.

Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people and Darwin and evolutionary theory cannot explain Hitler's genocidal madness.

Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 5:19:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Abe really did write those things, implicating Darwin's theory in the rise of Nazism. I've been careful to quote him exactly.

It's true that many other factors had to come together in addition to Darwin's theory, in order to spawn Nazism. Hence David Berlinski's point that Darwin's allegedly "scientific" theorizing was a "necessary" condition for the rise of Nazism, but was not a "sufficient" condition, alone, to bring it into existence.

Thus without Darwin's supposed "science," Nazism could not have appeared. Yet Darwin's theory alone, was not enough to bring it into existence. Everyone who studies the matter, including ID proponent Bill Dembski, seems to agree on that. Nobody that I have heard of says that Darwinism alone was sufficient.

The factors that had to be added to Darwinism to give rise to Nazism included, in my opinion: German militarism, traditonal German racism and anti-Semitism, German nationalism, and probably others, such as the anti-Marxism that arose in reaction to the Bolshevik revolution.

But the point still stands: without Darwin's theory, there would have been no Nazism, no Hitlerism.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 4:45:00 PM  

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