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  • Dianne Chidester
    From 02-08-08 Courier-Journal Louisville, KY UPDATED: 10:06 AM Creation Museum founder s book calls evolution theory racist LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The founder of
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 8, 2008
      From 02-08-08 "Courier-Journal" Louisville, KY



      UPDATED: 10:06 AM

      Creation Museum founder's book calls evolution theory racist





      LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The founder of a popular Kentucky Christian museum
      that rejects evolution says in a new book that Darwin's theory fuels
      racism and genocide.

      Ken Ham, who opened the Creation Museum last year, and co-author Charles
      Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, have
      written "Darwin's Plantation: Evolution's Racist Roots," arguing that
      the theory inspired the Nazi belief in racial superiority and the
      murderous policies of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

      "What Darwinian evolution did I would say is provide what people thought
      was a scientific justification for separation of races," Ham said in an
      interview.

      Ham is not the first to try to tie Darwin with racism. The charge has
      been made for years.

      It came up last month in arguments over science curriculum at a South
      Carolina state school board meeting. In 2001, Louisiana's state
      legislature considered a bill that said Darwin supported racist
      ideologies.

      David L. Schultz, associate professor of biology at Nicholls State
      University in Louisiana, said Darwin was egalitarian and had a history
      of speaking out against slavery.

      "Darwin was not a racist," he said.

      Ham runs the Christian group Answers in Genesis and has already made an
      impact with his $27 million high-tech museum in Petersburg, south of
      Cincinnati.

      The complex has attracted more than 300,000 visitors with exhibits that
      treat the Bible's creation story as natural history and contend that
      evolution theory is wrong because it contradicts the Old Testament. The
      Creation Museum asserts that the earth is just a few thousand years old,
      dinosaurs coexisted with man and Adam and Eve were the first humans.

      In the new book, Ham says that Darwin's theory that natural selection
      caused gradual biological changes over time, puts some races "higher on
      the evolutionary scale" and others "closer to the apes."

      "Although racism did not begin with Darwinism, Darwin did more than any
      person to popularize it," Ham writes.

      Ham further contends that the theory fanned the flames of "ethnic
      superiority."

      "Stalin, Hitler and Mao were responsible for the deaths of tens of
      millions - and it can be shown they did this because of the influence of
      Darwinian naturalism...," Ham writes.

      Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science
      Education, a California group that defends teaching evolution in public
      schools, said Hitler rarely mentioned evolution.

      "Darwinian evolution is based on natural selection, which means that any
      population can adapt to its environment," Scott said. "The ironic thing
      for the creationists is that Hitler grounded Aryan superiority as a
      God-given quality."

      Ham said he came to the topic because he was upset by the unfair
      treatment of aboriginal tribes in his native Australia and the racism he
      saw in the United States when he arrived here in the 1970s. He said he
      experienced a backlash from some church groups after he wrote an article
      critical of biblical-based arguments against interracial marriage, which
      made him even more determined to tackle the issue.

      "I got more what I would call hate mail from people, supposedly
      Christians in the church, than for any other article I've ever written,"
      Ham said. "So to me I just had a real burden that I wanted to educate
      the church on this matter."

      But Schultz called the argument "a ploy to get evolution out of the
      curriculum."

      "Of course everybody's against teaching children racism, so if you call
      it racist, you can have it removed," said Schultz. He testified before a
      Louisiana legislative panel that took up the bill that would have tied
      evolution with racism. The measure was eventually stripped of any
      reference to Darwin.

      Ham said Answers in Genesis does not advocate teaching creationism in
      public schools.

      In South Carolina, that state's board of education approved a biology
      textbook that references evolution. One board member had argued that the
      scientific theory was used by Nazi Germany as an excuse to kill millions
      of people.




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      Steven -- does he conclude in his "Decent" that fathers should sell
      their daughters into slavery? Use them as currency? That as slaves they
      should be happy and obedient?

      I think you may have shot yourself in the foot. Keep in mind, Darwin is
      a few hundred years old now and is a product of his environment. Pat
      Robertson and the rest of the fundamentalists haven't hit the century
      mark yet, and they are still saying the same things, especially in
      relation to "duty."

      Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:56 am

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      Amazing how many of you say Evolution isn't this or that, you should
      READ his Theory, this article is kind to Darwin, he DID write racist
      comments about minorities and women, READ IT and GOOGLE it if you thinks
      it made up, this CRAP is being taught to kids and if they KNEW what
      Darwin really said, it would be THROWN out in a heartbeat..READ IT, here
      is a small portion.

      Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution From The Decent Of Man VOL II
      Charles Darwin Wrote this also....
      The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is
      shewn [shown] by man attaining to a higher eminence in whatever he takes
      up, than woman can attain-whether requiring deep thought, reason, or
      imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands."Descent, vol II,
      327

      "If two lists were made of the most eminent men and women in poetry,
      painting, sculpture, music,---comprising composition and performance,
      history, science, and philosophy, with half-a-dozen names under each
      subject, the two lists would not bear comparison. We may also
      infer...that if men are capable of decided eminence over women in many
      subjects, the average standard of mental power in man must be above that
      of a woman."Descent, vol II, 327

      Basically ladies Darwin's theory concludes that you are mentally,
      physically, creatively inferior to the male in every regard

      Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:37 am

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      Amazing how many of you say Evolution isn't this or that, you should
      READ his Theory, this article is kind to Darwin, he DID write racist
      comments about minorities and women, READ IT and GOOGLE it if you thinks
      it made up, this CRAP is being taught to kids and if they KNEW what
      Darwin really said, it would be THROWN out in a heartbeat..READ IT, here
      is a small portion.

      Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution From The Decent Of Man VOL II
      Charles Darwin Wrote this also....
      The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is
      shewn [shown] by man attaining to a higher eminence in whatever he takes
      up, than woman can attain-whether requiring deep thought, reason, or
      imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands."Descent, vol II,
      327

      "If two lists were made of the most eminent men and women in poetry,
      painting, sculpture, music,---comprising composition and performance,
      history, science, and philosophy, with half-a-dozen names under each
      subject, the two lists would not bear comparison. We may also
      infer...that if men are capable of decided eminence over women in many
      subjects, the average standard of mental power in man must be above that
      of a woman."Descent, vol II, 327

      Basically ladies Darwin's theory concludes that you are mentally,
      physically, creatively inferior to the male in every regard

      Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:35 am

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      Wow. Just wow. This [DELETED] overlooks a major point: Stalin, Mao and
      arguably Hitler destroyed ethnic groups to which they belonged. While
      they all attacked the Jews, none, especially Mao and Stalin, had any
      issues killing their own people. So the argument evolution makes them
      racist seems a bit unfounded. No doubt they were racist; but evolution
      has nothing to do with it. If their motivation was purely race, they
      would have probably gone outside their own race to murder.

      Kentucky Science, you are right: the jungle has no laws against
      stealing, rape, murder etc... but that does not encompass complex social
      systems and strata that allows these animals to live in the same jungle
      within their own species. If anything, it is more confirmation that the
      human animal has evolved into a more sophisticated social group based on
      mutual benefits. It in no way endorses creationism, and the connection,
      as all creation connections go, is based on faulty logic and unbased
      assumptions. Sure we can live with the laws of the jungle -- the first
      true "government" as we know it is only a few thousand years old. We did
      live by the laws of the jungle and seem to have prospered to this point.
      You fail to use any substantive facts to make your "theory" work.

      Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:24 am

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      Kentucky Science - Ummm... one question... what the He11 are you talking
      about? You realize you sound like a babbling insane person, right?

      Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:21 am







      Dianne Lynn Chidester

      Anthropology & Sociology, NCBI Leadership Team

      Greenville Technical College

      508 S. Pleasantburg Dr.

      Greenville, SC 29607



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