With no evidence and no research to support their “theory,” one of the Discovery Institute’s favorite tactics is trying to smear Darwin by claiming that Hitler was influenced by his work. This is a classic example of Godwin’s law — that the losing side of a long and hopeless argument inevitably plays the Hitler card.
As we pointed out in Hitler and Darwin by quoting Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, Volume Two, Chapter X, Hitler claimed to be acting in accordance with the will of God. And he never even mentioned Darwin. Instead, Hitler clearly indicates that he’s a creationist. Read it for yourself:
For it was by the Will of God that men were made of a certain bodily shape, were given their natures and their faculties. Whoever destroys His work wages war against God’s Creation and God’s Will.
We have no idea if Hitler actually believed that, but whatever he believed, there’s certainly no “Darwinism” there. On the other hand, in Hitler, Darwin, and … Winston Churchill? — we showed that the World War II leader who actually did read Darwin was Hitler’s principal opponent — Winston Churchill.
The Discoveroids are playing the Hitler card again. This appeared yesterday at their creationist blog: Was Hitler a Creationist? A Christian? Decoding a Famous Quotation from Mein Kampf, written by Richard Weikart. He’s not only a Discoveroid “fellow” (i.e., full-blown creationist), he’s also the author of a book titled From Darwin to Hitler, which influenced James Kennedy, the now-deceased televangelist who made the influential “documentary” Darwin’s Deadly Legacy.
We consider Weikart to be the intellectual godfather of the Discoveroids’ frequently-repeated malicious mantra: “No Darwin, no Hitler.” If he’s not the originator of that foul dogma, he’s certainly one of its principal pillars. Here are some excerpts from his new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
In the many years I have studied Hitler’s ideology, I have seen the following from Mein Kampf more often than any other: “Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” Because of its theological language, very often this quotation is offered as proof that Hitler was a Christian. Since he used the term Creator here, some even maintain that Hitler was a creationist.
Weikart devotes much of his essay to that little quote, while never mentioning the many references Hitler made to Christianity, and of course he doesn’t reveal that Hitler never — not even once — mentioned Darwin’s name in any of his writings or his speeches. Weikart does cite a few accounts of private conversations with Hitler where he allegedly mentioned evolution, but the sources of that “information” are dubious. Then, giving it his best shot, he says:
Hitler also clearly expressed belief in human evolution in a 1937 speech opening the Munich House of German Art. In this lecture he derided modernist artists, whom he described as being throwbacks to creatures at earlier evolutionary stages. He said:
[Weikart’s quote:] When we know today that the evolution of millions of years, compressed into a few decades, repeats itself in every individual, then this art, we realize, is not “modern.” It is on the contrary to the highest degree “archaic,” far older probably than the Stone Age.
After that quote, Weikart tells us:
This demonstrates that Hitler believed that humans evolved over millions of years.
He doesn’t link to any source for his quote, so we had to go hunting. We found this: Hitler’s Speech at the Opening of the House of German Art in Munich (July 18, 1937), with an introduction that makes it clear that Hitler was ranting against degenerate modern art — that is, he wasn’t talking about Darwin. The Weikart quote (more or less) appears on page four, in these words:
Since we know today that the development [not “evolution”] of millions of years repeats itself in every individual but is compressed into a few decades, we have the proof that an artistic creation that does not surpass the achievement of eight-year-old children is not “modern” or even “futuristic” but is, on the contrary, highly archaic. It probably is not as developed as the art of the Stone Age period, when people scratched pictures of their environment on the walls of caves.
Whatever that was, it wasn’t an embrace of evolution. But it’s all Weikart can find. He continues:
In both Mein Kampf and in his unnamed Second Book, Hitler described the evolutionary process. He claimed that species evolved by procreating prolifically and then engaging in a struggle for existence. “Struggle” was one of Hitler’s favorite words, and he also often used the term selection to describe the outcome of this struggle. The superior species would triumph in the struggle, and the weak and sickly would go to the wall.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That is not the evolutionary process described by Darwin — nor, and here we must repeat ourselves, did Hitler ever attribute his bizarre views to Darwin. Here’s one last excerpt from Weikart’s essay:
While there is some superficial plausibility to the notion that Hitler was a creationist, the evidence I present in [name of Weikart’s book] should lay that mistaken notion to rest. Hitler clearly believed in Darwinian evolution.
That’s the best the Discoveroids can do. Sad, isn’t it?
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