Thursday, April 24, 2008

Darwinism, Hilter, and Expelled

There is an interesting article by Jack Cashill on about how the movie Expelled has gotten a lot of criticism about connecting Darwinism to the Holocaust. Yet Mr. Cashill, says that Expelled didn't go nearly as in depth as it could have. Here are the opening paragraphs.

Darwin critics know Ernst Haeckel as the German philosopher whose faked embryo drawings helped generations of clueless students accept Darwinism – "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny" and all that.

But there is still another problem with Haeckel, a darker one than mere fraud. Critics of the Ben Stein film, "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," apparently do not know this.

If they had, they would not have savaged Stein for daring to connect Adolf Hitler to Charles Darwin. In Scientific American, for instance, editor John Rennie describes this connection as "heavy-handed." In Reuters, Frank Scheck calls it "truly offensive."

In reality, it is neither. If anything, Stein and the makers of "Expelled" understate this historically irrefutable link, and the key to understanding it is Haeckel.

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