Oi vey. The Discovery Institute and many Christian righters have long tried to blame evolution for Adolf Hitler. It’s an incredibly stupid claim, but it gets repeated ad nauseum. Jerry Newcombe tries once again at the Worldnetdaily, citing DI “scholars” and it just shows how dishonest and illogical they have to get to make the case.
The film can be seen online at darwintohitler.com, a website that deals with the “impact of Social Darwinism in Germany.” The historian behind the website is the key guest in the video, Dr. Richard Weikart, a first-rate historian on 20th century Germany.
Weikart wrote “From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2004), which shows the not-so-missing link between evolution and the rise of the Nazi scheme to clean up the gene pool (as they saw it) in order to create a master race of pure Aryans. Jews need not apply. Nor gypsies, Slavs, dissenting Christians, etc.
Weikart is professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus. I interviewed him for our 2006 TV special, hosted by the late D. James Kennedy, “Darwin’s Deadly Legacy.”
Said Weikart, “Natural selection was the guiding idea for Hitler and the Nazis. … the term [selection] was related directly to Darwinian terminology that when you went to the camps, you went through a selection process. They were selecting this person to survive and this person to go to the gas chambers.”
That’s it? Darwin wrote about natural selection and people were selected to die in the concentration camps? That’s their evidence? By that “reasoning” there’s a clear tie between Darwin, Hitler and the NCAA basketball tournament selection process. If this is the kind of argument you have to make, your position must be utterly ridiculous. But the arguments actually get worse:
The new film, on Darwin and World War I, quotes Charles Darwin: “The support which I receive from Germany is my chief ground for hoping that our views will ultimately prevail.”
Yes, that’s their attempt to tie Darwin directly to Hitler. But Darwin died in 1882, for crying out loud, so he can’t possibly be referring to what was going to happen more than 50 years later. What was he referring to? To German scientists who accepted his theory and were working on filling in the details. This argument is just so dishonest.
Now, if you want to find an actual antecedent to Hitler’s attempts to wipe out the Jewish people in Germany, look no further than Martin Luther, the founder of Protestant Christianity and Germany’s most influential theologian. He wrote a book called On the Jews and Their Lies in which he advocated mass violence against Jews:
What then shall we Christians do with this damned, rejected race of Jews? Since they live among us and we know about their lying and blasphemy and cursing, we can not tolerate them if we do not wish to share in their lies, curses, and blasphemy. In this way we cannot quench the inextinguishable fire of divine rage nor convert the Jews. We must prayerfully and reverentially practice a merciful severity. Perhaps we may save a few from the fire and flames [of hell]. We must not seek vengeance. They are surely being punished a thousand times more than we might wish them. Let me give you my honest advice.
First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we are Christians, and that we have not wittingly tolerated or approved of such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of His Son and His Christians.
Secondly, their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed. For they perpetrate the same things there that they do in their synagogues. For this reason they ought to be put under one roof or in a stable, like gypsies, in order that they may realize that they are not masters in our land, as they boast, but miserable captives, as they complain of incessantly before God with bitter wailing.
Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer-books and Talmuds in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught.
Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under threat of death to teach any more…
Fifthly, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to the Jews. For they have no business in the rural districts since they are not nobles, nor officials, nor merchants, nor the like. Let them stay at home…If you princes and nobles do not close the road legally to such exploiters, then some troop ought to ride against them, for they will learn from this pamphlet what the Jews are and how to handle them and that they ought not to be protected. You ought not, you cannot protect them, unless in the eyes of God you want to share all their abomination…
To sum up, dear princes and nobles who have Jews in your domains, if this advice of mine does not suit you, then find a better one so that you and we may all be free of this insufferable devilish burden – the Jews…
I bet that isn’t mentioned in this film full of lies.