November 1, 2009

Speaking of creationists

They are, true to form, very honest and sincere people:
The copy of On the Origin of Species Ray Comfort's publisher sent me is missing no fewer than four crucial chapters, as well as Darwin's introduction.
Eugenie Scott

"Adolf Hitler put the theory of Darwinism into practice."
— Ray Comfort
Oh yes, Mein Kampf is all about natural selection.

Only one small problem:
In 1935, Die Bücherei, the official Nazi journal for lending libraries, published a list of guidelines of works to reject, including:
Writings of a philosophical and social nature whose content deals with the false scientific enlightenment of primitive Darwinism and Monism (Häckel). (Die Bücherei 1935, 279)
Adolf Hitler, putting the theory of Darwinism into practice.

Interestingly, modern day creationists also want to burn Häckel.

But for all the wrong reasons, as is their usual wont.

The fact of the matter is, Adolf Hitler was every bit as offended by the idea of having been descended from an ape-like creature as is Ray Comfort, Tom DeLay, or any other standard-issue creationist.

(Whereas, that descent is considerably more of an insult not only to their various ancestral ape-like creatures but to their contemporary ape-cousins as well. At least the latter can make an honest living.)

And this is how creationists do science "education."

1 comment:

Clutch said...

If the comment thread is correct, subsequent printings and the online download have all the chapters.

None of which would impugn the point about ragingly stupid and ignorant critiques proffered by Comfort.