Evolution, racism and the Klan

With the movie Expelled resurrecting the shopworn creationist guilt by association argument that since Nazis and other racists have used [perversions of] evolutionary theory to rationalize their racism, then there must be something inherently wrong with evolution, I thought it might be enlightening to take a look at some of America’s home grown haters, like the Ku Klux Klan.

Given the ‘irrefutable evidence’ linking evolutionary theory to racism and antisemitism surely Klan groups must inevitably be hotbeds of evolutionists right? Well, let’s take a look at what one prominent Klan group, “The Knights Party” has to say about the subject on their web site:

We DO NOT believe in evolution. We believe that God created each race as we see it today and that NO race evolved from any animal.

When we barred the school house door to God, traditional Christian teaching, prayer and Bible reading, and opened the school house door to sexual perversion, condoms, evolution, and abortion counseling, we robbed our kids of their moral foundation.

Adam and Eve were not the progenitors of all races. Isn’t it amusing how on one hand the modern church fights against the idea of evolution and than on the other hand wants us to believe that all races evolved from one source.

[…] Now within the last hundred and fifty years a very dangerous idea began circulating in the Church – again brought on by Jewish fables which said that the Black race was the children of Ham who was cursed. I am sure you have heard this; that the whole world was under a flood and only 8 people survived. This causes problems because the church must then explain how all of the other races came into being. So they latch on to the idea that the three sons carried the genes from Adam and Eve which all of a sudden caused the three sons’ offspring to become the different races. We see the church teaching evolution again.

Yep, a bunch of materialistic “Darwinists” right there. How is it that we didn’t hear about this group in Expelled?

I feel like I need to go take a long shower now.

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7 thoughts on “Evolution, racism and the Klan

  1. You should also check out Allen MacNeill’s post:
    http://evolutionlist.blogspot.com/2008/03/godwins-darwin.html

    “The fox remains always a fox, the goose remains a goose, and the tiger will retain the character of a tiger.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, vol. ii, ch. xi.

    “From where do we get the right to believe, that from the very beginning Man was not what he is today? Looking at Nature tells us, that in the realm of plants and animals changes and developments happen. But nowhere inside a kind shows such a development as the breadth of the jump , as Man must supposedly have made, if he has developed from an ape-like state to what he is today.” – Adolf Hitler, Hitler’s Tabletalk (Tischgesprache im Fuhrerhauptquartier).

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  2. “We DO NOT believe in evolution. We believe that God created each race as we see it today and that NO race evolved from any animal.”

    Ah, polygenism, the same argument used by their intellectual ancestors (the slave owning class) to assuage their latent guilt over slavery. Most historical debated over slavery from the 1840s and 1850s will showcase a slave owner referencing this same line of argument, at odds (usually with a quaker) who advances the more conventional religious argument for monogenism.

    Regarding the Hitler quotes, I wouldn’t expect much consistency. Hitler showed himself quite willing to use any ideology, from Christ to Darwin, to advance his ultimate goals. Mein Keimpf has plenty of references to God (although the word is used quite vaguely) as well as to nature and an idea that can best be summed up as survival of the fittest (the idea that the “races” are in a constant struggle between destroyers of culture and creators of culture).

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