Saturday, February 21, 2009

Some boob named John Helberger

Helberger repeats a canard and libels Charles Darwin in one breath. Nice job, John!

Who’s John Helberger, Spotty?

He’s a member of the medieval and antediluvian association of boobs known as the Minnesota Family Council. On Charles Darwin’s birthday, Helberger trots out the prevarication that Darwin was the genesis of the Nazis. Actually, it is said that Hitler was a student of the eugenics movement in the United States:

America’s experimentation with genetics as a tool for social change is not new. In the 1920s the United States became the world center of eugenic activity and social policy. From 1907-1960 more than 100,000 innocent Americans were sterilized in more than 30 states. In the 1930s and 1940s Hitler’s scientists took eugenics to the extreme - establishing human breeding farms for "Aryans," large-scale sterilization and euthanasia programs for the mentally and physically disabled, and death camps for the races they deemed "genetically inferior" or "unworthy life."

Both the American and German eugenics movements of the 1920s and 30s identified human beings as either hereditarily valuable or inferior. They established programs to purify the "race" of "lower grade" and "degenerate" groups, thus extending racism to include a new generic classification - the "genetically inferior." Not surprisingly, the targets always turned out to be the traditional victims of racism - Jews, Gypsies, Blacks, Indians, and other minorities.

After Hitler’s defeat, the American eugenics movement fell into disfavor, appealing primarily to the KKK, neo-Nazis, and a small groups of old-line scientists steeped in the racist theories of the pre-war period. In the 1960s their key spokesman was Stanford physicist William Shockley, who was the first to suggest offering cash incentives to people with low IQ scores who would agree to sterilization. He called his proposal the "voluntary sterilization bonus plan." Despite his status as a Noble laureate, Professor Shockley was widely regarded as a racist and a kook within the academic community. Nevertheless, he laid the foundation upon which the new eugenics movement would eventually be resurrected.

But Darwinism has nothing to do with eugenics or “Social Darwinism.” Darwin is biology; “Social Darwinism” is just racist claptrap most often supported by the same people who deny biological Darwinism, like the Minnesota Family Council coven of Christian evangelicals.

A thump of the tail to Lloydletta.

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