Darwin, the Columbine Massacre, & the Titanic

This one is unbelievably bad, but we can’t resist. We found it at the website of Irish Central, which is located in New York. They describe themselves as “the largest Irish American media site” which is “aimed at the 40 million Irish Americans across the United States, and also the Irish Diaspora of 70 million worldwide.”

The article is titled Why evolution teaching is the root of much evil in this world. The author begins by praising the new anti-science education law in Tennessee, and then he really gets rolling. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

April 20 [when the Tennessee law goes into effect] will also mark the fateful day that survivors of the 1999 Columbine High School murders will memorialize that tragedy. On that day disturbed teens Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people before taking their own lives. People are still asking Why?

We’ve already seen a few creationists who blame the Columbine murders on Darwin. For example: Discovery Institute: Columbine Was Darwin’s Fault!, and also WorldNetDaily, Darwin, and Hitler, and also Is New Hampshire’s Jerry Bergevin Insane?, and now we’ve got another. He continues:

On his web page, Harris listed many things he hated, but Darwin’s theory of evolution, particularly his suggestion of natural selection, stood in stark contrast. “YOU KNOW WHAT I LOVE??? Natural SELECTION!,” he crowed. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to the Earth. Getting rid of all the stupid and weak organisms but it’s all natural! YES!” The day of the massacre, Eric Harris wore a white T-shirt with the inscription “Natural Selection” on the front.

The author has chosen, for his authority, the deranged ravings of two maniacs. That is, of course, the best way to discredit a scientific theory. What more proof could anyone want? What those two did was obviously Darwin’s fault. Besides, it’s typical of how biologists behave — they’re always running around killing people. Then the author makes another brilliant point:

April also marks 100 years since the Titanic sank. Doug Phillips, founder of the Christian Boy’s and Men’s Titanic Society, notes, “The Titanic’s sinking marked the darkest and brightest night in maritime history. Though more than 1,500 people died in this international tragedy, the Darwinian notion of the ‘survival of the fittest’ was rejected in favor of the age-old Christian doctrine that the ‘strong sacrifice for the weak.'”

Wow — the noble behavior of Titanic‘s passengers in staying behind and letting women and children onto the lifeboats proves that Darwin was wrong! Here’s how the article ends:

May God give grace to allow such a selfless, culture-preserving spirit to be awakened here in America on our watch.

So there you are. Columbine and the Titanic. If you’re not convinced now, you never will be. (But from some of the comments following the article, Irish Central‘s readers aren’t very impressed.)

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6 responses to “Darwin, the Columbine Massacre, & the Titanic

  1. But the “Natural Selection” he was referring to was the on-line shoot-’em-up game — whose logo was on the t-shirt he was wearing. Neither of the kids had taken evolution in biology, and neither had any particular understanding of Darwin — which made them more susceptible to stupid ideas, I think.

  2. I thought evil began with “The Fall”, if you listen to these creationists you would think evil only began after publication of the Origin of Species.

  3. Ceteris Paribus

    It is a puzzlement that the creationists rush to blame Darwin for voluntary deductions from the human gene pool.

    Hitler, Harris, and Klebold voluntarily self-selected to remove their own genes from the human gene pool by suicide before any known procreation on their part. The end effect of their actions is on a par with the decision of the probable majority of Catholic priests, who voluntarily practice celibacy. Is Darwin to blame for the loss of those genes also?

  4. Donald Clarke

    Erm. I am pretty sure this is a joke. It is an appallingly badly executed joke. But that’s what we’ve come to expect from Irish Central.

  5. “Though more than 1,500 people died in this international tragedy, the Darwinian notion of the ‘survival of the fittest’ was rejected in favor of the age-old Christian doctrine that the ‘strong sacrifice for the weak.’”

    This WashPo story contrasts fundie claims about who was saved on the Titanic with a few actual statistics. Not surprisingly, the fundies appear to quote mine the data. Specifically, they downplay or ignore the significant differences in survival rate based on class (in this case literal class; as in first, second, and third).

    But maybe this accords with the type of society the fundies want to (re)instate – i.e., proper women and children first, all you nasty feminists and working women, stay in the boat.

  6. On his web page, Harris listed many things he hated, but Darwin’s theory of evolution, particularly his suggestion of natural selection, stood in stark contrast. “YOU KNOW WHAT I LOVE??? Natural SELECTION!,” he crowed. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to the Earth. Getting rid of all the stupid and weak organisms but it’s all natural! YES!” The day of the massacre, Eric Harris wore a white T-shirt with the inscription “Natural Selection” on the front.

    The murderer accepted “microevoluton.” Imagine that.