INSANE people do insane things, and sometimes such events are followed by insane commentary attempting to explain it all.
Klinghoffer, as Wikipedia informs us, is a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute. Need we say more? As one of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids), Klinghoffer can be expected to hold stridently anti-rational and anti-scientific opinions on virtually everything.
Klinghoffer’s essay on James von Brunn is all that we’ve come to expect from the Discoveroids. Let us offer you a few choice excerpts, with bold added by us:
Now isn’t this fascinating. James von Brunn, the white-supremacist suspect in today’s Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting in which the guard who was shot has now tragically died, describes the relevance of evolution to his sick thinking. He’s obsessed with “genetics.”
Genetics? Darwin wrote nothing about genetics. The subject was unknown to him. Let’s read on, as Klinghoffer quotes from von Brunn’s writings:
Approval of inter-racial breeding is predicated on idiotic Christian dogma that God’s children must love their enemies (a concept JEWS totally reject); and on LIBERAL/MARXIST/JEW propaganda that all men/races are created equal.
This is difficult material to slog through. As we do, however, bear in mind that it was Darwin (hardly a “liberal/Marxist/jew”) who — contrary to the opinion of biologists of his own time — concluded that all humans on earth were one single species. This concern with “inter-racial breeding” is alien to Darwin’s work, but it’s right at home in the ravings of ignorant fringe groups.
We read on, as Klinghoffer continues to quote von Brunn:
As with ALL LIBERAL ideologies, miscegenation is totally inconsistent with Natural Law: the species are improved through in-breeding, natural selection and mutation. Only the strong survive. Cross-breeding Whites with species lower on the evolutionary scale diminishes the White gene-pool while increasing the number of physiologically, psychologically and behaviorally deprived mongrels.
Although we didn’t follow his example, Klinghoffer put that entire passage in bold. It’s important to him. Why? Presumably because in Klinghoffer’s Discoveroid brain, those deranged words from von Brunn have something to do with the work of Charles Darwin.
We must ask ourselves — can Klinghoffer read? If he can, then how can he find in von Brunn’s writing anything that Darwin ever wrote? Specifically, did Darwin really write anything remotely similar to von Brunn’s claim that “the species are improved through in-breeding”? Of course he didn’t. It’s biologically absurd. Indeed, it’s well-known that Darwin was even worried about his own marriage to his cousin.
You don’t believe that Klinghoffer could write something so unhinged? Here’s more, and these are Klinghoffer’s own words:
Like Hitler in Mein Kampf, he [von Brunn] draws lessons from his interpretation of Darwinism. He’s very big on dangers to the Aryan “gene pool.”
That really is crazed. Hitler never even mentioned Darwin in his writings. As we’ve pointed out in Hitler and Darwin, in Mein Kampf, Hitler clearly indicates that he’s a creationist. Check it for yourself: Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, Volume Two, Chapter X:
For it was by the Will of God that men were made of a certain bodily shape, were given their natures and their faculties. Whoever destroys His work wages war against God’s Creation and God’s Will.
There’s certainly no “Darwinism” there, nor is there any in von Brunn’s scribblings. Both of them — Hitler and von Brunn — are just idiotic babblers. But Klinghoffer somehow sees Darwin in them. Perhaps Klinghoffer also sees Darwin in tea leaves and goat entrails. There’s no way to predict the workings of a disordered mind.
At the end of his rant, which is little more than a confession of brain-death, Klinghoffer says:
No, he [von Brunn] doesn’t cite Darwin by name in the part of his book that’s readable online — the first 6 of 12 chapters. But do you get the general drift? And you want to tell me that ideas don’t have consequences?
Yes, we get the general drift. Klinghoffer is capable of seeing the devil — oops, we mean Darwin — as the cause of any depraved act. Okay, that’s how his brain functions. Now we all know.
We also know that Klinghoffer is respected among his comrades at that sink hole in Seattle they call a think tank. They’ve made him a “Senior Fellow.” He’s one of their top thinkers. Do we need to know more?
Update: Klinghoffer has posted a defense of his article, and this is our response: Klinghoffer, von Brunn, & Darwin: Part II.
Second Update: Klinghoffer has posted at the Discoveroid blog. Our response: Discovery Institute Exploits James von Brunn.
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