Creationists for genocide: A new post at TalkReason

Over at TalkReason, Professor Hector Avalos has posted a new article called "Creationists for Genocide" which refutes the babble of many a Creationist that the Darwin's Theory of Evolution somehow led to Hitler.
Avalos writes

One understands nothing about creationism unless one understands that it is meant to be a system of ethics. That is why the assault on evolution has always included a lengthy history of moral judgments against evolution. Perhaps none of these judgments has been more accusatory than the idea that Darwinism led to the Holocaust. Such an idea is trumpeted in many creationist venues, including books and blogs. A prime example of this accusation today is found in Richard Weikart's From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (2004).

As someone who teaches a course on the arts before, during, and in the aftermath of the Third Reich, we must deal with the Judenfrage, or "Jewish Question" and its Enloesung, or "Final Solution." Even cursory understandings of German culture show us the entrenched anti-semitism that was based in religion. The most powerful of these in Germany were, of course, from Luther, who wrote The Jews and Their Lies.

"First to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. ..."
"Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. ..."
"Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them. ..."
"Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb. ..."
"Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. ..."
"Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them. ... Such money should now be used in ... the following [way]... Whenever a Jew is sincerely converted, he should be handed [a certain amount]..."
"Seventh, I commend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow... For it is not fitting that they should let us accursed Goyim toil in the sweat of our faces while they, the holy people, idle away their time behind the stove, feasting and farting, and on top of all, boasting blasphemously of their lordship over the Christians by means of our sweat. No, one should toss out these lazy rogues by the seat of their pants."
"If we wish to wash our hands of the Jews' blasphemy and not share in their guilt, we have to part company with them. They must be driven from our country" and "we must drive them out like mad dogs."

Here then, the founder of the Protestant Reformation, has set the agenda for the Enloesung centuries before Darwin. Anyway, read on at TalkOrigins where you can see the historical ties of religion to genocide and its appropriation of anything to make its goal. Quote-mining is an old art it seems.

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