OUR last post about this tenacious creationist was Where’s David Klinghoffer? Here’s some background information about him, which most of you can skip:
David Klinghoffer, is a “Senior Fellow” (i.e., full-blown creationist) among the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). David has his own blog, where his posts often duplicate what he says at the Discoveroids’ blog, or which are often praised by his comrades at the Discoveroid blog.
He has written a series of essays attempting to link Charles Darwin to: Hitler, and communism, and Stalin, and the Columbine shootings, and Charles Manson, and Holocaust Museum shooter, James von Brunn, and the Ft. Hood Massacre, and Mao Tse-tung, and Dr. Josef Mengele, Angel of Death and “Devotee of Darwin”, and most recently the Occult.
The notorious creationist propagandist has surfaced again, this time in the Huffington Post, where we read The Dark Side of Darwinism. It’s pure creationist trash, the sort of thing we’ve learned to expect from Klinghoffer, and there’s really nothing new in this essay — just recycled nonsense. The only notable aspect is the venue where it appears. The Huffington Post is one of the most popular blogs on the internet. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Between 1934 and 1939, in the interests of evolutionary hygiene, the eugenic program in Nazi Germany forcibly sterilized about 400,000 people.
Blah, blah, blah — Darwin and eugenics. Let’s read on:
While barbarism has been going on for as long as there have been human beings, there was something different about the 20th century. The world had never seen anything quite like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, or Pol Pot. And it was not only a matter of the technology available to them. Treating people as vermin to be exterminated was a new thing under the sun. Eugenics programs in United States and later Germany were warm-up acts for the mass slaughters that were to come.
Blah, blah, blah — Darwin and Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot. We continue:
Evolutionary thinking inspired modern scientific racism. For Darwin, evolution explained the phenomenon — so he saw it — of racial inferiority. Some races were farther up the evolutionary tree than others. Thus, in his view, Africans were just a step above gorillas.
Blah, blah, blah — Darwin and racism. Typical Klinghoffer blather. And typical of Discoveroids and creationists in general.
There’s not much else to be said here. As long as Klinghoffer can make a living doing what he does, he seems delighted to do it. Those who subsidize this kind of thing are getting exactly what they deserve — they’ve got Klinghoffer.
Update: See Hitler, Darwin, and … Winston Churchill? (Churchill, who was Hitler’s principal opponent, actually read Origin of Species.)
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