Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Gary. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
The Rev. Stanley Groothof suggested that the question of origins is a squabble that is of lesser importance than things like climate change, creation care, sexism, etc. (Sept. 7 REVIEW letter) May I suggest the following:
We can’t find the rev’s letter, but it doesn’t matter. Gary is enraged and he says:
Darwin was a racist and taught that Negroes and Aborigines were inferior to whites and would someday be eliminated. The full title of his book was “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.”
Madness! As we said in Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin, that book’s title is often the only thing by Darwin the creationists ever read, and they mindlessly misinterpret it. Darwin, like his contemporaries, uses the terms “race,” “sub-species,” “variety,” and similar expressions interchangeably in connection with a great number of animals (dogs, horses, etc.) and also plants (flowers, cabbages, etc.), sometimes intermixing them in the same context. Aside from that, Origin of Species doesn’t even talk about the evolution of humans.
That was only the first of several mindless clunkers in Gary’s letter. After that one he tells us:
The evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould wrote, “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory.” Ontogeny and phylogeny (1977)
We can’t find any confirmation of that alleged quote. Gary continues:
Darwin also taught that men are superior to women. (sexism) [Groan!] Darwin’s ideas inspired the German generals to start World War I because, as they wrote in their military books, Germany would win in nature’s war for the survival of the fittest because Germans were the superior race.
World War II carried this philosophy even further when Hitler accepted Darwin’s view of superior races and declared that the Jews, Slavs and Africans were “untermensch,” men lower (“under”) in ability and worth. Millions were slaughtered by him in the name of evolution.
And that’s not all. In successive paragraphs, Gary then blames Darwin not only for Hitler, but also Stalin and Mao. His letter seems to contain the whole creationist list of deranged clunkers. He even continues for several paragraphs after that, but we won’t bother with any of it. Suffice it to say that Gary’s letter is certainly one of the worst we’ve ever seen — perhaps the worst. We’re outta here!
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