WorldNetDaily on Columbine, Hitler, and Darwin

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Remember the Columbine High School massacre? Sure you do. And of course, creationists blamed it on Darwin — see Discovery Institute: Columbine Was Darwin’s Fault! This is in accordance with our recently announced insight:

When a creationist is confronted with evidence and thinks about its cause, his conclusion will be derived from a limited set of possibilities which he knows are the cause of everything: (1) the curse of Adam & Eve; (2) the Flood; (3) a miracle; (4) the devil; or (5) Darwinist fraud.

Today we have an opportunity to revisit the Columbine affair, thanks to the Drool-o-tron™. It alerted us with its blaring sirens and flashing lights, which compelled us to look at the blinking letters of its wall display — they said WorldNetDaily (WND). As you know, WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post.

The faithful device had locked our computer onto this article: See Columbine’s link to Darwinism. It’s labeled “WND EXCLUSIVE.” Wowie — you can’t find this information anywhere but at WND! We know you’re eager to learn what the article says, so we’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us.

First they talk about some film, the title of which we won’t mention, after which they say:

Based on Harris’ own journal, and as depicted in movie clips given exclusively to WND, Harris, along with Dylan Klebold [the Colombine killers], found justification for their diabolical plans in Charles Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theology.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Then WND says:

A case has been made in the movie and by a few researchers that the evil embraced by the killers was not simply the product of a “Goth” lifestyle or an alienated, tortured youth. “It’s good that the movie is filling in details that the media overlooked,” apologetics author and university professor Nancy R. Pearcey told WND in an email. “If anything, I wish the movie had pressed even harder on the role that worldviews play. People are influenced by what they believe is true.” Pearcey adds, “From Harris’ journals, there cannot be any doubt that he was a thoroughgoing disciple of Darwin, and saw his own behavior as acting out Darwinian principles.”

Nancy Pearcey? We remember that name. She’s a new Discoveroid “fellow” who teaches at Houston Baptist University — see Discoveroids: Gimme That Old-Time Theocracy, and also Discoveroids: Evolution Is Self-Refuting. Because WND is quoting a Discoveroid, this is yet another example of what we’ve been calling the Great Creationist Coalescence (GCC) of various creationist outfits. Okay, back to the WND article:

In a scene in the movie showing Harris in Columbine’s high school cafeteria, he says, “Get rid of all the fat, retarded, crippled, stupid, ignorant, rich, worthless people in this world. No one is worthy of this planet. Only me and who I choose. Everyone should be sent out into space, and only the people I say should be left behind.” Harris also was a follower of Nietzsche, who concluded that humans were “evolving to the next stage in evolution, the Super Man,” Pearcey said.

Obviously a Darwinist. After that, WND tells us:

She [Pearcey, the Discoveroid] gave another example of like-minded thinking by referencing the Leopold and Loeb case, which was “one of the most celebrated criminal cases of the twentieth century,” involving two college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy for pure sport. “What influenced them? At least one of the students had been influenced by the philosopher Nietzsche, who in turn was influenced by Darwin’s concept of survival of the fittest,” she said. “The murderers conceived of themselves as the fittest, who would prove their superiority by committing ‘the perfect crime.’

“Who was the defense lawyer in the case? Clarence Darrow, who went on to defend John T. Scopes in the famous Scopes trial in 1925,” Pearcy said. “In other words, at the time, it was not Christians who pointed the finger at Nietzsche and Darwin as influences behind the murder. It was a secular, liberal lawyer.”

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Darwin is responsible for so much evil! But wait — there’s more. WND continues:

She points out that historian Richard Weikart, in his book “From Darwin to Hitler,” shows that during the Nazi era, the German high command was “deeply influenced by Darwinism.”

That’s another Discoveroid theme — see Discovery Institute: Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Part VIII. Here’s one last excerpt from WND, in which they quote Pearcey yet again:

She notes that “ideas have consequences,” and added, “As a professor at a Christian college, I hear from fellow professors about students who are reading secular thinkers and losing their faith. The names mentioned most often are Darwin and Neitzsche.”

Slogging through that mess was exhausting, so we don’t have anything to add. But perhaps you do, dear reader.

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6 responses to “WorldNetDaily on Columbine, Hitler, and Darwin

  1. The film described is clearly a propaganda effort – it can’t even get its attributions right. The “survival of the fittest” isn’t from Darwin; that’s from Spencer and was used in the pretty well discredited idea of “social Darwinism”, something that Darwin repudiated.

  2. Some very tortured logic there. By contrast, the path from the Old Testament to total war is a straight line. The path from the Pope to institutionalized, industrialized child sexual abuse is a straight line. The path from Christianity to the depopulation of the American continents is a straight line.

    I read somewhere that the office of the Discovery Institute in Seattle is behind a non-descript metal door. What’s the point of a metal door when you live in a glass house?

  3. What I’ve read seems to indicate the movie (by xtian company Pure Flix who brought us God’s Not Dead 1 & 2) is built around a recollection of one of the survivors. After he woke from a coma, he said he saw/heard an exchange between one of the killers and the first victim where the killer asked if she still believed.

    So of *course* it’s really all about the Darwinists…

  4. @Cynic
    Only that I would point out that “social Darwinism” is a grab bag term for several disparate social/political movements of the early 20th century which have little in common, and flourished during the era known as the “eclipse of Darwinism”, when “survival of the fittest” was out of favor.

  5. If you blame it on the devil, people think you are crazy. If you blame it on Darwin, people think you are credible.

  6. Prof. Pearcey’s claim that the Nazis were influenced by Darwinism is misleading at best. The SS, in particular, embraced a number of screwball ideas directly contrary to Darwinian evolution, such as Hans Hoerbiger’s world-ice theory. About the closest one can come is a link to the notion of “survival of the fittest”–but the Nazis’ notion of “fitness” was, to put it gently, idiosyncratic.