Creationist Wisdom #986: The Worst Ever?

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the NorthWest Iowa Review of Sheldon, Iowa. It’s titled Origin questions worthy of rebuttal, and the newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature.

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.

Aaaargh!! How many times do we need to debunk that nonsense? See Darwin Caused World War One, Part 3 and also The Ultimate Hitler-Darwin Debunking.

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!

Copyright © 2019. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.

add to del.icio.usAdd to Blinkslistadd to furlDigg itadd to ma.gnoliaStumble It!add to simpyseed the vineTailRankpost to facebook

. AddThis Social Bookmark Button . Permalink for this article

8 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #986: The Worst Ever?

  1. Yeah, I found that. He’s a guitar instructor, but it wasn’t worth mentioning.

  2. Michael Fugate

    The seminary he attended is very conservative and tied to the DI.

  3. chris schilling

    Boo-hoo, everything’s a mess! and it’s all Darwin’s fault. Men acting superior to women. Nazis to Jews. White radishes to black radishes. And on and on.

    And Gary cares, he really does! It’s keeping him up nights, fretting over Darwin’s fatal legacy. If only Gary could turn back time, like Cher, and make everything right again, just think how life could be!

    Suggested storyline for a Tarantino-esque film made by Christian fundamentalists: group of commando creationists discover a portal in time that takes them back to Victorian England. Kent Hovind — channelling Leonardo DiCaprio — wields a flamethrower and mercilessly incinerates the galley proofs of Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ before ever it can go to print!

    Gary wakes up in the wet patch in his bed, again.

  4. At least Gary no Glitter gets the title of Gould’s first book right. Of course that doesn’t guarantee he ever has opened a copy (neither have I). Given this Wikipedia lemma

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontogeny_and_Phylogeny_(book)

    I doubt it.

    “Darwin’s ideas inspired the German generals to start World War I”
    BWAHAHAHAHA!
    They didn’t. It were Austrian generals who started it, on July 28th 1914 and specifically Imperial and Regal Field Marshall General Franz Xaver Josef Count Hötzendorf, by invading Serbia. Germany was the fourth to join this party (after Russia).

  5. I wonder what role -according to Gary- Darwin’s theory played in the destruction of the Roman Empire in the 5th century.
    And does Gary also think Newton’s Theory of Gravity is wrong and immoral because if you push someone from a high building that person will die.

  6. Young Earth Creationists tell us that they accept microevolution, that is, natural selection, within a “kind”. For example, within “mankind”..YECs also believe that without intelligent intervention, natural processes can only lead to degeneration. (Evolutionary biologists disagree with YECs,) How do YECs differ from those who argue for restrictions in choice of human partners ( for example keeping blood lines pure)? (In contrast with letting nature take its course.)

  7. Michael Fugate

    Yes Eddie it is as if because gravity is true we must fall down or because of the 2nd law we should let everything fall apart.