From time to time we like to bring you creationism from news sources we don’t usually encounter. Your Curmudgeon believes that we should try to learn what everyone on this flat world of ours is thinking.
Today’s lesson comes from The Voice, published in London, which considers itself ‘Britain’s Best Black Newspaper.’ Their headline is Religion and evolution encourages racism.
The alleged linkage between evolution and racism is an old subject around here — see Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin. We get jaded and think we’ve heard it all before, but perhaps The Voice has something new to say. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Evolution theories and a misunderstanding of the Bible are to blame for the racist ideologies that exist in Europe, a scientist has claimed.
Who is this scientist? We’re told:
Dr Philip Asante, a pharmaceutical scientist and theologian, has suggested in his book The Truth about Racism that a misinterpretation of biblical texts about slavery is partially responsible for the racist attitudes that persist today.
Here’s a link to Amazon’s listing for his book: The Truth about Racism: Its Origins, Legacy, and How God Wants Us to Deal with It . They say it’s published by WestBowPress. We Googled for them. Yup — their their website says they’re a vanity press. Amazon also gives us some information about the author. They say:
Dr. Philip Gyang Asante has a PhD in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy.
We’ve never run across a creationist pharmacist before. This should be fun. Then The Voice tells us:
He also believes that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution supports the idea that certain ethnic groups are superior to others.
That’s been endlessly debunked. It’s so absurd that we even wrote a spoof about it here: The Scientific Case Against Darwinian Emancipation. Back to the news:
Asante said: “The so-called Christians at the time of transatlantic slavery used bible texts to justify their own means and gains. Then produced this theory of evolution which in its essence erases a creator, God – replacing him with the idea that we just evolved over billions of years from a primordial soup – and supports the notion that the white race is superior to all other races because they have evolved further.”
Admit it, dear reader. This is the first time you’ve ever heard of the Christian-Evolution-Slave Trade Conspiracy. Where else can you learn about these things except here at your Curmudgeon’s blog?
For journalistic balance, the newspaper quotes someone from the London Black Atheists, who says the problem isn’t evolution, it’s religion, because the bible endorses slavery. The creationist pharmacist disagrees:
But Asante insisted that the slavery referred to in the bible is different to today’s understanding of the word. “Bible texts such as Ephesians 6:5 that encourages ‘slaves’ to obey their masters, have been used to justify great atrocities against human beings. But the slavery in the bible is not the very hostile, very brutal and inhumane treatment of people that defined the enslavement of Africans. Slavery in the bible is more about servanthood. Bond servants were part of the family, treated well and given possessions. It was a very different kind of slavery.”
Hey — we’re learning lots of new things today. Bible slavery was good slavery, but evolution slavery is the bad kind.
Then the newspaper gives us another opinion, this time from Bishop and broadcaster, Dr Joe Aldred:
“Racism, prejudice has a number of origins. As a Christian I would want to begin with the predisposition of human beings to sin and to be selfish.” The religious leader added: “Inequality did not start with transatlantic slavery. For example, in many cases tribalism in Africa is a form of oppression.”
And he adds this:
This is why I believe it is impossible to eradicate racism. There should be strong laws to protect people from abuse. But actually, focusing your attention on eradication instead of finding ways to progress, despite the racism, takes the power away from you. It puts you in the position of being the victim, and this is where the most intelligent black person can be reduced to nothing by some idiot with a banana and a racist slur.
Well! We don’t know what to make of all that, so we’re interested in what you think, dear reader.
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