Intelligent Design Exposed

May 4, 2008

When logic and reason are abandoned

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Fellow Christian, William Wallace, has a posting titled inappropriately “Applied Darwinism in NAZI Germany” in which he explores the links between Darwinism and the Holocaust.

In an earlier posting, William Wallace had argued that Darwinism was an essential component to the Holocaust, suggesting that the Holocaust would not have happened were it not for Darwinism.

Probably realizing that such a position was hard to defend, William Wallace chose instead to argue a strawman argument [1] namely that there are links between Darwinism and the Holocaust. However, such a position also opens up Christianity to a similar argument namely that there are links between Christianity and the Holocaust. In fact, these links seem to be much stronger than the tenuous links between Nazism and Darwinian theory.

William Wallace quotes:

Bourgeois social theory is primarily concerned with the individual. It is thus essentially determined by pity, or compassion, or the Christian love of one’s neighbor or similar conviction. Our Socialist ideas and actions have nothing whatsoever to do with such notions. Our starting-point is not the individual, and we do not subscribe to the view that one should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, or clothe the naked — those are not our objectives. Our objectives are entirely different. They can be put most crisply in the sentence: we must have a healthy people in order to prevail in the world.—Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels(Burleigh 1991 p. 69, see also USHMM 2008)

However, in Burleigh p. 69 we do not find this extended quote but rather the following

Our starting-point is not the individual, and we do not subscribe to the view that one should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, or clothe the naked — those are not our objectives. Our objectives are entirely different. They can be put most crisply in the sentence: we must have a healthy people in order to prevail in the world.

Source: Burleigh, Michael (1991) The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945 Cambridge University Press p. 69

Sloppy quoting of primary and secondary sources at best. Of course nothing Goebbels says here really establishes a link between Darwinian theory and Nazism, only a superficial argument could be presented.

Worse, Wallace seems to conclude from this that there is a link between Darwinism and Nazism. However, the concept of ‘healthy people’ and eugenics is one which precedes Darwinism and in fact, unless one can identify a selectable trait for being Jewish, arguments linking Darwinian theory to the Holocaust seem rather tenuous.

As Wikipedia explains

In Sparta infants were examined at birth and if they were extremely deformed, cachectic or sickly they were placed in the Apothetae [22](Greek language, Αποθέτας), meaning “depository” as Plutarch describes. This was a chasm under Taygetus.[2]

In fact, Hitler himself referenced the Spartan

The abandonment of sick, puny and misshapen children by the Spartans was more humanitarian and, in reality, a thousand times more humane than the pitiful madness of our present time where the most sickly subjects are preserved at any price only to be followed by the breeding of a race from degenerates burdened with disease.

The Jewish Anti Defamation League also opposes linking the Holocaust to simplistic and politically motivated causes

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.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

And of course, using quotes from the same person William Wallace ‘quote-mined’ we can establish:

“The idea of sacrifice first gained visible shape in Christ. Sacrifice is intrinsic to socialism. … The Jew, however, does not understand this at all. His socialism consists of sacrificing others for himself. This is what Marxism is like in practice…. The struggle we are now waging today until victory or the bitter end is, in its deepest sense, a struggle between Christ and Marx. Christ: the principle of love. Marx: the principle of hate.

or

I take the Bible, and all evening long I read the simplest and greatest sermon that has ever been given to mankind: The Sermon on the Mount! ‘Blessed are they who suffer persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’!

how these quote mines can paint a very different picture and yet, they are all relevant to understanding the complex roots of the many causes that lead to the Holocaust. And yet, Stein et al want to trivialize this by claiming that Darwinism was a necessary component.

[1] “It appears that those who claim Darwinism had nothing to do with the holocaust will have to battle the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.” William Wallace

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1 Comment »

  1. WW wouldn’t know the facts if they ran over him like an 18 wheeler truck.

    For a more honorable view of the matter regarding the Holocaust and evolution, look here:
    http://circleh.wordpress.com/2008/05/17/lunacy-from-a-racist-christian/

    Especially this video:

    Comment by Dale Husband — May 20, 2008 @ 8:05 am | Reply


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