Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Aspen Daily News of Aspen, Colorado, and it’s the opposite of intellectual gold. Your Curmudgeon is too polite to state directly what that is, but you can figure it out. The letter is titled Where does Darwin fit?, and the newspaper has a comment feature.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a politician —Nathaniel Weeks. He was recently a candidate for the school board of Buena Vista, Colorado, but he lost — big time. See Newly Elected Members to the Buena Vista School Board. This article from just before that election — League of Women Voters candi-dating draws school board hopefuls — refers to him as a “former educator and school administrator.” With that and his recent campaign, Nnathaniel qualifies for full-name treatment. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with some bold font for emphasis and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
Nathaniel begins by referring to George Floyd, whose recent death has resulted in nation-wide political unrest:
Is it legit to blame George Floyd’s death on public school education? [What?] Do public school science teachers help students master the scientific method or speculate on Darwin’s report that certain Indians are still in the monkey stage?
Wowie — this stuff is really bonkers, and he’s just getting warmed up. Then he says:
“The Descent of Man” (1871), Darwin popularized white supremacy, “At some future period … the civilized races … will almost certainly exterminate … the savage races … the negro or Australian and the gorilla” (“The Origin of Species,” Charles Darwin, John Murray, London, 1901, pages 241-242).
What an ark-load of creationist nonsense! That wildly out of context quote about extermination of races was speculation about the absence of transitional fossils in the geological record — see WorldNetDaily — Worthless Creationist Rag!
After that clunker, Nathaniel tells us:
Steven J. Gould of Harvard admitted, “Biological arguments for racism … increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory.”
We can’t find that alleged quote, but even if Gould ever said anything like that, we’re confident that Nathaniel has distorted it wildly out-of-context. He continues:
The Bible only talks of one race, the human race, confirmed by the human genome. Only one skin color; we’re all brothers and sisters with different amounts of melanin, but not according to the public school curriculum; blacks evolved from gorillas, Asians from orangutans, and whites from the intelligent chimps — a scientific “fact.”
That’s what public schools teach? Let’s read on:
Eugenics was The Final Solution for the genetically second-rate poor. Over 10,000 Australian Aborigines were murdered, their remains shipped to British museums proving the “missing link.”
Has anyone ever heard of that before? We never did. As for eugenics, see Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin. Anyway, Nathaniel isn’t done yet. In fact, the “best” is yet to come. Here’s another excerpt:
Stalin and Mao used evolution to justify genocide such as the world had never seen. Evolutionary thinking inspired Hitler’s slaughter of inferior races by his “master race.” The Columbine shooters made similar arguments.
Wowie! Stalin, Mao, Hitler, and the Columbine High School shooters — all in one crazed paragraph. We have separate posts on each of those — see, e.g.: Marx, Stalin, and Darwin, and then Klinghoffer: Darwin and Mao (Attila Next?), and then The Ultimate Hitler-Darwin Debunking, and also Discovery Institute: Columbine Was Darwin’s Fault!
Wild stuff, huh? Well, relax — it’s almost over. Here’s the last of it:
If science teachers would only stick with pure science.
What does Nathaniel mean by “pure science”? We don’t want to speculate, but maybe you do. If so, tell us what you think he has in mind, dear reader.
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