The Buffalo Supermarket Shooter — Darwin’s Fault

What happens when you really squeeze and squirm and strain? Yes, that’s right — you produce a massive ark-load of ghastly material. That’s what we see happening today at the creationist website of the Discovery Institute. Their latest post was written by John G. West, whom we affectionately call “Westie.” He’s described at the end as: “Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.” Impressive!

Westie’s post is titled How Science Fueled the White Supremacist Mass Murderer in Buffalo, NY. You know what’s coming. Here are some excerpts from his post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Over the weekend, a teenage male shooter perpetrated a horrific mass murder in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where 13 people were shot, and 10 died. All but two of the victims were black. Journalists and commentators have rushed to report that the shooter is a white supremacist who hates blacks, Jews, and immigrants and subscribes to the racist theory known as “The Great Replacement.” The description is true as far as it goes.

We never heard of that “theory” before, but this Wikipedia article may be helpful: Great Replacement. Anyway, Westie says:

But it is also woefully inadequate. It doesn’t tell us anything about the roots of the shooter’s twisted beliefs. Until we start paying attention to THAT question, we are unlikely to make progress in combatting these kinds of crimes in the future.

Now, dear reader, Westie is going to tell us about the roots of that sicko’s beliefs. Brace yourself, here it comes:

It certainly wasn’t Christianity. [Certainly not!] In a manifesto posted online that has been attributed to the shooter, the author does make a bizarre claim that he “believe[s] in and practice[s] many Christian values.” (p. 7) [Gasp!] Apparently “thou shalt not murder” and “love thy neighbor as thyself” aren’t among them.

If it’s not Christianity, then what is it? Westie tells us:

“Are you a Christian?” the manifesto’s writer asks himself. “No. I do not ask God for salvation by faith, nor do I confess my sins to Him.” He goes on to suggest he is an out-and-out materialist: “I personally believe there is no afterlife.”

Okay, what is the guy? Westie continues (and the bold font in the next paragraph is his):

Despite claims to the contrary, the shooter is hard to pigeonhole as someone who fits neatly either on the right or left. In his purported manifesto, this is how he describes his political beliefs: “When I was 12 I was deep into communist ideology, talk to anyone from my old high school and ask about me and you will hear that. From age 15 to 18 however, I consistently moved farther to the right. On the political compass I fall in the mild-moderate authoritarian left category, and I would prefer to be called a populist.” (p. 9, emphasis mine) He later reiterates: “I would prefer to call myself a populist. But you can call me an ethno-nationalist eco-fascist national socialist if you want, I wouldn’t disagree with you.” (p. 10, emphasis mine)

Confusing, isn’t it? Not for long. Westie tells us:

So if not religion or politics, what fueled his hatreds? Try evolutionary science. [What?]

All clear now? Let’s read on — with Westie’s bold font again:

In his purported manifesto, the shooter asserts that blacks “are a different subspecies of human.” Why? Because “Whites and Blacks are separated by tens of thousands of years of evolution, and our genetic material is obviously very different.” (emphasis mine, p. 14) Elsewhere he suggests that Europeans and Asians are more recently evolved than blacks (p. 17), which sounds eerily reminiscent of the view of countless racists of the past (including Charles Darwin himself) [Groan!] that blacks are the lowest humans on the evolutionary ladder.

Another excerpt:

Obviously, believing in evolution doesn’t compel one to be a racist, let alone predispose a person to be a killer. [Thanks, Westie!] Nevertheless, if we want to counteract the influences that shape people like the Buffalo shooter, we need to face the way evolutionary science is being misused to support the new white supremacists.

Aren’t the Discoveroids wonderful? Here’s more:

To their credit, most supporters of Darwinian evolution largely abandoned their scientific racism after the civil rights era, if not earlier. The problem is that they had little positive to replace it with. Think about it: If humans truly evolved through a blind and accidental process that did not have them in mind, it’s not much of a jump to believe that some human populations must have evolved in ways superior to other human populations. Thus, a tendency toward racism was sort of built-in to evolutionary theory from the get-go.

Strange, isn’t it, that the hard-core creationists who supported Scopes Trial were also hard-core Southern segregationists. According to Westie, it should have been the other way around.

Westie’s post goes on and on; however, there are limits to how much of this material we can endure, so we’re leaving him here. But you don’t have to leave. You can click over there and wade through the whole steaming pile if you like.

The really interesting thing about Westie’s post is that it will hereafter be cited as the Discoveroids’ “evidence” that the Buffalo supermarket shooter was motivated by Darwinism. Isn’t creationism wonderful?

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9 responses to “The Buffalo Supermarket Shooter — Darwin’s Fault

  1. West is despicable.

  2. “If humans truly evolved through a blind and accidental process that did not have them in mind, it’s not much of a jump to believe that some human populations must have evolved in ways superior to other human populations. Thus, a tendency toward racism was sort of built-in to evolutionary theory from the get-go.”

    Is West here actually advocating polygenism, as opposed to the view that all humans are descended from the same ancestral breeding group? If not,what is he suggesting? The only remaining alternative I see for him is Intelligently Designed divergence of different human populations, a view that makes racism almost inevitable

  3. Absolutely disgusting article!
    What did this self declared White Supremacist know about science? Perhaps we should blame his weird thinking on the abysmal level of science education in our schools.

  4. Centuries of “race mixing” have shown that all human populations are triumphantly cross-fertile. That makes them all one species: good mutations that crop up in one group would spread to the others. Natural selection has only very limited ability to endow different varieties of the same species with different traits. God or an Intelligent Designer would have no such limitations.

  5. ISTM that he is accepting that there is a difference in “kinds” of people today. The issue, for him, is whether the difference arises from chance or design is needed and desired.

  6. Haven’t heard so much baloney since Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were on tour going around promoting their “A Star Is Born” movie talking the biggest pile of BS you ever heard in your life. That one was one for the record books.

  7. Charles Deetz ;)

    A huge, heavy lift in just a few words, pros like Westie are super powerful with their wiggle words: “Thus, a tendency toward racism was sort of built-in”.

  8. Dave Luckett

    I know that the very name is a red rag to some here, but Jordan Peterson, for one, points out that “a tendency toward racism” in the very familiar form of in-group social preference, is built-in to human beings generally. That is NOT to excuse or condone it, ever, by any means. To the contrary, it implies that conscious effort must be made against it.

    The rest of this cataract of insanity is poisonous swill, West’s as much as the murderer’s. There really should be a word that means, “not only false, but virulently toxic as well”, but I can’t think of one. As has been pointed out times without number, humans are all one species. There is more genetic diversity among dark-skinned people in Africa than there is across the remainder of humanity, but our genetic inheritance is still not all that much different.

    As for the gunman describing himself as falling “in the mild-moderate authoritarian left”, words fail me, If he was a mild leftist, what am I, Leon freaking Trotsky?

  9. Charley Horse X

    I see he completely avoided mentioning the Retaliban Party that relies almost entirely on white supremacists’ voters. Along with the white Bible thumping anti-sciencers…which most are racists, too.