The title of Klinghoffer’s article is Darwin the Dog Offers 7 Ethical Principles for Kids, Courtesy of American Humanist Association. Darwin the dog? Yeah, that’s what he’s writing about.
Klinghoffer is outraged about an ad campaign by the American Humanist Association that features a dog named Darwin who tells kids that they can be good without God. We’re not involved with the humanists and we haven’t seen any of their material, so we’ll have to go with Klinghoffer’s description. He says that Darwin the dog encourages the kids to:
Be nice! Care for the world around us! Think for myself! Think about how other people feel! Tell the truth! Help others! Take good care of myself!
Nothing wrong with that, but Klinghoffer is furious. He says, with bold font added by us:
Actually, that last one — which goes on to say, “I promise to eat healthy, get plenty of sleep and exercise, and practice good personal hygiene” — does resonate with a Darwinian system of values. If you don’t have physical life and health, the abilty [sic] to reproduce and compete, you’ve got nothing. But the others? From a perusal of the real Darwin’s books, with the picture of the ways of the world they offer, what morals would you draw?
Huh? Darwin was a naturalist; he didn’t write a treatise on morals. Let’s keep reading, to see what moral principles Klinghoffer derives from Darwin’s work. Here’s Klinghoffer’s imaginary advice to children from Charles Darwin:
More accurately they should be things like:
• Mate early and often! Note to boys: maximize the number of your partners if at all possible.
• Encourage members of inferior races to abstain from reproducing!
• When you observe the suffering of the weak, don’t let it get you down! It’s all for the betterment of the race.
• Lie or tell the truth as seems most expedient! Truth-telling carries no adaptive advantage.
Klinghoffer is an astute observer. We all behave like that! He continues:
Latter-day exponents of Darwinism might add:
• Persecute, intimidate and silence those who disagree with you!
• Shield yourself from evidence that runs counter to your conception of reality!
A creationist claims that “Darwinists” are shielding themselves from evidence? Amazing. As for the persecution thing, to our knowledge, besides well-known instances of theocratic insanity like the Galileo affair, the only person authorities literally tried to “persecute, intimidate, and silence” was John Scopes. But it wasn’t the “Darwinists” who committed those atrocities.
Klinghoffer is probably thinking of Discoveroid martyrs like David Coppedge, who lost his job for what a judge thought were good and sufficient non-religious reasons, but even so, Coppedge wasn’t “persecuted and silenced.” His creationist website is still out there, and he’s going around giving speeches to anyone who wants to hear him. It’s the same with the Discoveroids. Here’s the end of Klinghoffer’s little essay:
Isn’t it funny how humanism, materialism, Darwinism — whatever you want to call it — has to plagiarize its sense of right and wrong from the ethical tenets of the “gods from the stories” in whom Darwin the dog assures kids it’s just dandy to disbelieve.
Uh … David, we don’t know how to break this news to you, but there were moral people in this world who never heard of your religion. Socrates, for example. And although everyone’s heard of your religion by now, there are still moral people — lots of them — who accept Darwin’s theory, whether or not they ignore your religion.
Oh, we should add that there are plenty of preachers who know all there is to know about religion, yet they’ve done the most abominable deeds. And while we’re discussing Darwin, please name one immoral act on your list that he committed. Just one will do.
Can’t name any, David? We didn’t think so. Anyway, quit kicking Darwin the dog. He’s not bothering anyone.
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