See if you can figure this one out, dear reader. Despite years of observing The Controversy between evolution and creationism, what we found here is quite beyond our ability to understand.
This little goodie: Codevilla: “Darwinism corrupted Northern and Southern thinkers equally” has been up all weekend at the blog of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
Yes, you guessed it from their title. The Discoveroids are now talking about the American Civil War (a/k/a The War Against The States, or as it is still referred to in the conquered region, “The War”). And there’s one more thing you may have guessed from the Discoveroids’ title: They say (or certainly suggest) that the Civil War was Darwin’s fault!
We have many readers who visit us from countries other than the US, who probably know more about the Peloponnesian War than they do “The War.” For them it must be difficult to imagine, but there are few topics that can inflame an internet discussion more than the Civil War, except maybe abortion and evolution.
The Civil War is not a topic we would have chosen. We already discuss evolution, which is sufficiently controversial for one blog; but this situation has been thrust upon us, and we shall not shrink from the challenge.
But first, for our non-US visitors, here’s a bit of historical context before we proceed with the Discoveroid blog article:
Now that you’re aware of the sequence of events, and can judge for yourself the causal connections between those events, we can turn our attention to the Discoveroid blog article. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Angelo Codevilla’s new book The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It has been stirring enviable attention since it first appeared as an essay in The American Spectator. “Magnificent,” writes David Goldman at First Things. “I felt like I had just plunged head-first into 50-degree water.”
What are they talking about? This doesn’t seem like it’s related to The Controversy between evolution and creationism. The remainder of the Discoveroid blog article consists of excerpts from Codevilla’s book. It must be important to them, so stay with us as we read a few of their excerpts:
Human equality made sense to our Founding Fathers, because they believed that all men are made in the image and likeness of God, because they were yearning for equal treatment under British law, or because they had read John Locke.
That’s a fair statement. Let’s read on:
It did not take long for their paradigm to be challenged by interest and by “science.” By the 1820s, as J. C. Calhoun was reading in the best London journals that different breeds of animals and plants produce inferior or superior results, slave owners were citing the Negroes’ deficiencies to argue that they should remain slaves indefinitely.
Aha! “Science” (in scare quotes) was the serpent in the American garden. Presumably there had never been slavery or injustice before, anywhere in the world. We continue:
By 1853, when Senator John Pettit of Ohio called “all men are created equal” “a self-evident lie,” much of America’s educated class had already absorbed the “scientific” notion (which Darwin only popularized) that man is the product of chance mutation and natural selection of the fittest.
Wow! Darwin was merely a popularizer of the evils of evolutionary science. This is an absolutely stunning revelation! Skipping a bit, here’s more:
In short, Darwinism corrupted Northern and Southern thinkers equally.
We are gasping with intellectual excitement. We never dreamed that so many of our troubles were attributable to Darwin. If you can endure any more, this is the last excerpt the Discoveroids give us from Angelo Codevilla’s book:
As the nineteenth century ended, the educated class’ religious fervor turned to social reform: they were sure that because man is a mere part of evolutionary nature, man could be improved, and that they, the most highly evolved of all, were the improvers.
Thus began the Progressive Era….
We weren’t looking for another controversial subject. The Discoveroids have raised the Civil War-Darwinism issue, which was not of our choosing. We welcome your comments, even from baseborn Yankees — but y’all mind your manners. Hear?
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