Dembski and Foxman on Darwin and Hitler
As a follow up to my previous post about the TV show about the Darwin-Hitler connection, you may want to read William Dembski's post here. He says this in part:
To be sure, there were many other streams of thought that played into Nazi racism and the holocaust, but to say that Darwinism played no role, or even an insignificant role, is absurd. Read Richard Weikart’s FROM DARWIN TO HITLER: EVOLUTIONARY ETHICS, EUGENICS, AND RACISM IN GERMANY.
This is what Abraham Foxman of the ADL had to say:
ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement: "This is an outrageous and shoddy attempt by D. James Kennedy to trivialize the horrors of the Holocaust. Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people. Trivializing the Holocaust comes from either ignorance at best or, at worst, a mendacious attempt to score political points in the culture war on the backs of six million Jewish victims and others who died at the hands of the Nazis.
It must be remembered that D. James Kennedy is a leader among the distinct group of 'Christian Supremacists' who seek to "reclaim America for Christ" and turn the U.S. into a Christian nation guided by their strange notions of biblical law."
Wow. I guess it is true that Hitler did not "need" Darwin, but it seems like that misses the point. I also do not follow the logic that discussing the philosophical influences that led to the Holocaust somehow trivializes it. It seems to me that, if anything, it does the opposite. I will stay tuned to see if there is a more logical critique.