The Discovery Institute’s limited répertoire of subject matter is on display again. They’re back on the subject of euthanasia. It was practiced by the Greeks and the Romans in ancient days — if it weren’t a common practice, the Hippocratic Oath wouldn’t mention it — but as with everything else the Discoveroids don’t like, they blame it on Darwin.
Today at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog we find The Darwinian Origins of Euthanasia Advocacy. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. We’ll give you a few excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Scientism is the notion that science can tell us everything we need to know about ethics and about how to order a flourishing society.
Yes! When your Curmudgeon is faced with an ethical problem, all we need to do is look at our wall chart of the periodic table of the elements, and then we know what to do. But Klinghoffer finds that inadequate. He has a better way:
Another view is that nature itself represents merely the fulfillment of a design conceived outside the material world. In this latter perspective, rather than imagining that science — a limited, human endeavor — can inform us in all things, we reasonably seek the guidance of the intelligent source of nature’s design.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] That sounds so much better! Then Klinghoffer refers to an essay by the Discoveroids’ favorite historian, Richard Weikart, and declares:
Eugenic thinking, we know, has its roots in 19th-century evolutionary science. Less familiar is the extent to which advocacy for euthanasia, “mercy killing,” shares these Darwinian origins.
Uh huh, “Darwinian origins.” Except that Darwin never advocated euthanasia — see Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin. Let’s read on:
It goes back, not surprisingly, to Haeckel:
[Klinghoffer quotes Weikart:] In Germany the first serious proposal to kill people with disabilities came from Ernst Haeckel, a leading Darwinian biologist. … [H]e proposed killing infants with disabilities. He worried that modern medicine and humanitarianism would allow the weak and sick to survive to reproduce, thus subverting humanity’s evolutionary progress.
As we’ve written before in this article, those ideas are at least as old as Athens and Sparta. Unless Darwin had a time machine which enabled him to instruct the Spartans about destroying defective infants, and to encourage Plato to write about a selective breeding program for the republic, he’s innocent of the charges so thoughtlessly made by creationists.
Klinghoffer continues, and as the Discoveroids love to do, he blames Hitler’s atrocities on Darwin:
Weikart chillingly recalls how under the Third Reich, “The physicians and staff at Hadamar were so enthusiastic about their mass murder of those with disabilities that they threw a party celebrating the death of their ten-thousandth victim.” By the end of World War II, the figure had reach 200,000 murdered.
We rebutted that nonsense about a Darwin connection long ago — see Hitler and Darwin. Here’s more from Klinghoffer:
The picture of human life as cosmic flotsam not only should permit but should positively demand a cavalier attitude to taking life, where eliminating the weak and vulnerable suits society’s other purposes.
Human life is mere “cosmic flotsam.” That’s the Discoveroids’ perverted version of Darwinian evolution. Moving along:
On the other hand, recognizing that a human being — or indeed even a gorilla — reflects a designer’s creative purpose implies a very different view.
Yes — oh yes! We must abandon Darwinism and recognize the creative purpose of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — because that’s the true source of ethics. And now we come to the end, where Klinghoffer asks a profound question:
Everything in ethics, every single weighty cultural issue I can think of, hinges on the question of biological origins. The stakes are tremendous for us, whether as individuals or as a society. Why more pro-life advocates have not recognized this — or if they recognized it, fail to emphasize it — is a good question.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Discoveroids are attempting to build an alliance with the anti-abortion people. But first, they’ll need to post a few essays claiming that Darwin was an abortionist. That would be a good project for Weikart.
Copyright © 2016. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.