I’ve had it up to here with this crap. I try to restrict my use of profanity on this site, but this argument is batshit insane, and it’s time for it to die. I want to save you from viewing the idiocy expressed therein, so I’ll gist the arguments of the link for you: it’s the typical creationist canard, that evolution, by iterating the idea of the “survival of the fittest,” gave Hitler the intellectual armaments he needed to perpetrate the Holocaust. As the author (Benjamin Wikier, “PhD”) says,
All this doesn’t mean that Darwinism was the sole cause of Hitler’s barbarism. But it does make clear that Darwinism must shoulder its share of the moral burden, because the connection is undeniable.
Lunacy. First, be suspicious of anyone who puts “PhD” in their public names. It’s a shameless plug that does nothing more than display the author’s own intellectual insecurity. But then again, what do we expect from the Discovery Institute?
More importantly, though, science does not imply a moral conclusion. While evolution posits that, in a state of nature, natural forces will weed out animals which are incapable of survival, it is a long jump from this statement of fact to the ethical (and extremely immoral) conclusion that mankind ought to attribute different subjective values to different races and social castes, and assume the duties of “selection” itself by weeding out those races. Let’s continue below the line.
This conclusion follows from a simple legal concept. In tort law, where someone creates a circumstance, exploited by another for harm, the initial creator of the circumstance is relieved of liability on the doctrine of “intervening, superseding causation.” This makes plain sense. Say I dig a pool. Am I liable to the victim of a murderer who drowns his victim in the pool, which I innocently dug? Clearly no.
Similarly, evolution as stated is a bland scientific argument, stripped bare of moral judgment. It nowhere suggests the forced application to human society of what the theory notes are qualities of the state of nature. If a madman seizes upon the theory to justify mass extermination and eugenics, his conversion of an an amoral (read: without moral consequence) theory into an evil purpose constitutes an intervening, superseding cause.
Further, Darwin’s own admitted racism is not imputed to the theory which he created. This tortured argument arises from the attempted creationist characterization of evolution as “Darwinism.” No scientific theory is bound up with its mortal creator. The body of knowledge that has become evolutionary theory (the “modern synthesis” or what have you) is unrecognizable from the bare foundations by Charles Darwin, having been built upon by scientists for 150 years. One could no more call all Protestants – or protestantism – antisemitic (based on Luther’s rampant antisemitism… link here, but be warned) than impute Darwin’s beliefs to later scientists, or to his theory.
Finally, this disgusting argument is an insult to the memory of the Jews who died in the Holocaust as a result of an extremely evil man and his own ideology of death. As the Anti-Defamation League states:
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.
This antisemitic lunacy is a last-ditch effort to discredit evolution, an effort which doesn’t even contest the validity of the theory. There’s an old law that someone who invokes Hitler in an argument should be held to have lost the argument. I couldn’t agree more. This shameless pandering ought to be – but sadly will not be – creationism’s final disgrace.
For shame, Stein. For shame, Human Events. I hope that the marketplace of ideas, buttressed by an informed populace, takes it upon itself to “select” out your deranged, antisemitic arguments.