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In addition to the Holocaust, we’re responsible for this, too?

Posted in Pharyngula by Skepdude on February 26, 2009

Anytime something wrong happens, there is a Christian who will blame it on atheism and evolution. The latest is the case of the foolish woman who kept an adult chimpanzee as a pet, and got badly mauled for her trouble. This, of course, is Charles Darwin’s fault.

How is it that we live in a culture where people think it’s safe to have a chimpanzee as a pet? Where do people get the idea that we ought to take a wild animal and treat it like a human being? The chimp owner treated the animal like a son who ate at her table, slept in her house, and even drove her car.

Last week the world celebrated Darwin’s 200th birthday. Universities placed tributes to Darwinism on their home page (examples include Oxford and Cambridge) and major networks such as BBC ran extensive programs devoted to Darwin’s great contribution to the world.

Yet, ironically, this week we witness a brutal act that seems to logically follow from Darwin’s ideas. You may be wondering how I can possibly link Darwin to this atrocious event. But think about it, if humans are deeply related to chimps then why not expect them to act that way?

“…seems to logically follow…” — I don’t think that Mr McDowell understands that word “logic” very well.


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  1. M. Patterson said, on February 26, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Logic…yes, um, believing that we are more highly evolved than creatures that can tear us apart when they have a bad day.

    And, yes, the holocaust was based on the idea of eugenics, which was based on the ideas of Darwinism. I don’t mean to say that any atheist living is responsible for the holocaust. I do mean to say that there is a definite historical link between the two philosophies. Don’t get blindly defensive about it. That’s just the way it is.

    • Skepdude said, on February 26, 2009 at 4:14 PM

      Eugenics=The study of hereditary improvement of the human race by controlled selective breeding. (

      What that has to do with evolution through natural selection, beats me. Note that “controlled selective breeding” is not part of evolution, it is man messing around with evolution. Specifically how does evolution lead one to hate and exterminate Jewish people? That connection escapes me. Doesn’t it make more sense that religion leads to sectarianism of the “kill the other sect” kind? Oh and aren’t the Jews viewed as Christ-killers by at least some christians? Hmmm interesting indeed!

      Evolution says that roughly all humans evolved at the same time, in the same way. If anything, the conclusion to be reached is that all humans are equal to each other not that some are superior to others. That is the natural, logical conclusion we can reach from evolution. But then no one expects reason when religion comes in now do we?

      Anyone that claims that “The Aryan race is superior to anyone else and the Jews must be exterminated” statement follows logically from the theory of evolution is embarrassingly wrong and should run away in shame with their tail in between their legs. That is simply the stupidest piece of garbage interpretation of a scientific theory that is only surpassed in its idiocy by Ben Stein’s claim in Expelled that Science leads to gas chambers and death.

    • Skepdude said, on February 26, 2009 at 4:24 PM

      “more highly evolved than creatures that can tear us apart”-Where are you getting that from? Evolution makes no such claim. There is nothing in it that implies that is is moving in the direction of improving something. We are more highly evolved only in the sense that we have become more intelligent. Physically we are nothing compared to other animals. So intelligence wise we are better, physically they are stronger. Change the conditions of life on Earth and we may well die out as a species and be survived by the animals.

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