Truth (and Humanity) Lose in Kansas
Regis NicollRegis Nicoll's weblog
- 2007 Feb 14
As just reported by MSNBC, the Kansas Board of Education overturned science guidelines that questioned the validity of Darwinian evolution. In addition, the Board defined science as restricted to naturalistic explanations. The rationale for their decision? Math teacher Jack Kreb offered, "[The revised] standards represent mainstream scientific consensus about both what science is and what evolution is."
(I seem to recall that scientific consensus once held the earth to be flat and the heavens to be filled with aether.)
The Board also removed statements linking evolutionary theory to human rights abuses of the 20th century, calling them "unfair."
Let's see. In Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote, "If nature does not wish that weaker individuals should mate with stronger, she wishes even less that a superior race should intermingle with an inferior. Why? Because, in such a case her efforts, throughout hundreds and thousands of years, to establish an evolutionary higher stage of being, may thus be rendered futile."
This is the same man who led his country into the depravity of forced sterilization and selective breeding, and was responsible for history's bloodiest war with all the horrors of Dachau, Treblinka, and Auschwitz -- horrors that included the extermination of 12,000 persons a day in Auschwitz alone, where, in one room, one can still view the pile of 14,000 pounds of hair taken from women who went to their death in the gas chamber.
Unfair? I think not!
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