When the Discovery Institute has nothing new to talk about — which is most of the time — they return to their roots and repeat some of their founding dogma. That’s what they’re doing today. The latest at their creationist blog is titled Richard Weikart on How Darwinism Fueled Scientific Racism, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], historian and Cal State Stanislaus emeritus professor Richard Weikart speaks with host Michael Keas about the dark history of “scientific” racism.
Richard Weikart? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hey — he has a write-up at Wikipedia: Richard Weikart. It’s not very favorable. He’s famous around here for being the author of From Darwin to Hitler — that’s the book at Amazon. We’ve debunked the bizarre Darwin-Hitler claim a number of times. One of our favorites, from ten years ago, is Hitler, Darwin, and … Winston Churchill? Then the Discoveroids say:
Racism, of course, long pre-dated Darwinism [A surprising admission!], but as Weikart argues, Darwin and Darwinian evolutionary theory greatly fueled racist thinking in the late 19th century and even down to the present. Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]
Darwin fueled racism? Most of the racists in the U.S. were fundamentalist religious creationists — like William Jennings Bryan. Anyway, the Discoveroids tell us:
Weikart notes that Darwin himself was “intensely racist,” writing (in The Descent of Man, 1871) that “at some time the civilized races of man will exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.” Darwin didn’t merely predict this; he thought it would advance human evolution.
Aaaargh!! We regard that as one of the most vile examples of quote-mining. You can see Darwin’s words in their actual context here: WorldNetDaily — Worthless Creationist Rag!
The Discoveroids end their ghastly post with this:
His cousin Francis Galton, a strong proponent of eugenics, agreed, as did Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger a few years later.
Groan — that’s another ancient clunker. We quote Darwin himself to debunk creationist allegations that he agreed with Galton or Sanger — see Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin.
So there you are. The Discoveroids haven’t changed a bit. They keep hauling out their old clunkers and dumping them into the empty minds of their drooling followers. Amazing, isn’t it?
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