This Hitler stuff is starting to look like far more than a foolish debate tactic 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).
It’s even more than we thought when we wrote Discovery Institute: Hitler, Hitler, Hitler. In that post we said their emphasis on Hitler showed that the Intelligent Design movement is in its final spasms.
Now their passion for the topic is looking like a combination of those two things, both a loser’s debate tactic and a cultish death rattle, but it’s also much more — it reveals a deep obsession, a fetish, an actual passion for Hitler himself. That is why the Discoveroids’ “All Hitler, All the Time” theme will be their shroud.
That’s the meaning of our title and we think it best describes the latest Discoveroid blog article: New in Paperback: “Hitler’s Ethic” by Richard Weikart.
As before, the Discoveroids are again touting another Darwin-Hitler book by Richard Weikart. He’s not only a Discoveroid “fellow” (i.e., full-blown creationist), he’s also the author of an earlier book titled From Darwin to Hitler, which influenced James Kennedy, the now-deceased televangelist who made the influential “documentary” Darwin’s Deadly Legacy. We consider Weikart to be the intellectual godfather of the Discoveroids’ frequently-repeated malicious mantra: “No Darwin, no Hitler.”
Apparently encouraged by the academic indifference that was heaped upon his earlier work, Weikart has produced another book that only a creationist could love. Here are some excerpts from the Discoveroid post, with bold font added by us:
One of the most controversial parts of the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed was the segment where Ben Stein interviewed the history professor Richard Weikart about his book, From Darwin to Hitler …
Speaking of that “documentary,” which is now Available in Bankruptcy Court, the “Bankruptcy Beat” blog of the Wall Street Journal has picked up the story: Rights to Ben Stein’s Controversial Documentary for Sale.
But let’s return to the Discoveroid blog article. It had just mentioned Stein’s interview with Weikart. Everyone with us? Okay, let’s read on:
Darwinists went apoplectic, deriding Stein and Weikart for daring to sully the good name of Darwin by showing the way that Hitler and German scientists and physicians used evolutionary theory to justify some of their atrocities, such as their campaign to kill the disabled. Some critics even denied that the Nazis believed in Darwinism at all.
We were one of those whom the Discoveroids might have seen as “apoplectic,” but we think “revulsion” better describes our reaction. See Hitler and Darwin, in which we not only quote from but also link to an online copy of Mein Kampf. Hitler claimed to be acting in accordance with the will of God, and he never even mentioned Darwin.
We later posted the previously unmentioned fact that Winston Churchill read Darwin, and we quoted Churchill’s own written words to that effect. It was the good guys in WWII, not the Nazis, who were familiar with Darwin’s ideas. So yes, the Discoveroids might have thought us “apoplectic” over their “documentary.”
One last excerpt from the Discoveroid blog article:
Weikart challenges his critics to examine the evidence in his fascinating sequel, Hitler’s Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress …
If you want more information about Weikart’s latest disgorgement you’ll have to visit the Discoveroid blog. They’ve got all the links you might want — except the one that connects them to reality. They cut that long ago.
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