Proto-Nazi evolutionists

Evangelical Outpost has an excellent post on the Scopes evolution trial. As is often the case, the scientists with their pretensions to infallible authority look stupid, arrogant and more than a little evil in retrospect:

Teaching evolution…and eugenics — The biology book that was used by Scopes was George William Hunter’s Civic Biology….

The Races of Man. — At the present time there exist upon the earth five races or varieties of man, each very different from the other in instincts, social customs, and, to an extent, in structure. These are the Ethiopian or negro type, originating in Africa; the Malay or brown race, from the islands of the Pacific; The American Indian; the Mongolian or yellow race, including the natives of China, Japan, and the Eskimos; and finally, the highest type of all, the caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America.

Improvement of Man. — If the stock of domesticated animals can be improved, it is not unfair to ask if the health and vigor of the future generations of men and women on the earth might not be improved by applying to them the laws of selection. This improvement of the future race has a number of factors in which we as individuals may play a part. These are personal hygiene, selection of healthy mates, and the betterment of the environment.

Eugenics. — When people marry there are certain things that the individual as well as the race should demand. The most important of these is freedom from germ diseases which might be handed down to the offspring. Tuberculosis, syphilis, that dread disease which cripples and kills hundreds of thousands of innocent children, epilepsy, and feeble-mindedness are handicaps which it is not only unfair but criminal to hand down to posterity. The science of being well born is called eugenics.

The Jukes. — Studies have been made on a number of different families in this country, in which mental and moral defects were present in one or both of the original parents. The “Jukes” family is a notorious example. The first mother is known as “Margaret, the mother of criminals.” In seventy-five years the progeny of the original generation has cost the state of New York over a million and a quarter dollars, besides giving over to the care of prisons and asylums considerably over a hundred feeble-minded, alcoholic, immoral, or criminal persons. Another case recently studied is the “Kallikak” family. (Note: The name Kallikak is fictitious.) This family has been traced back to the War of the Revolution, when a young soldier named Martin Kallikak seduced a feeble-minded girl. She had a feeble-minded son from whom there have been to the present time 480 descendants. Of these 33 were sexually immoral, 24 confirmed drunkards, 3 epileptics, and 143 feeble-minded. The man who started this terrible line of immorality and feeble-mindedness later married a normal Quaker girl. From this couple a line of 496 descendants have come, with no cases of feeble-mindedness. The evidence and the moral speak for themselves!

Parasitism and its Cost to Society. — Hundreds of families such as those described above exist today, spreading disease, immorality, and crime to all parts of this country. The cost to society of such families is very severe. Just as certain animals or plants become parasitic on other plants or animals, these families have become parasitic on society. They not only do harm to others by corrupting, stealing, or spreading disease, but they are actually protected and cared for by the state out of public money. Largely for them the poorhouse and the asylum exist. They take from society, but they give nothing in return. They are true parasites.

The Remedy. — If such people were lower animals, we would probably kill them off to prevent them from spreading. Humanity will not allow this, but we do have the remedy of separating the sexes in asylums or other places and in various ways preventing intermarriage and the possibilities of perpetuating such a low and degenerate race. Remedies of this sort have been tried successfully in Europe and are now meeting with some success in this country.

In an amusing note with regards to the media’s objectivity, Joe also notes that the reporter for the Baltimore Sun who was covering the trial, HL Mencken, paid the fine meted out to the teacher found guilty.

Why you shouldn’t listen to the experts

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King’s predictions for NFL 2004

MVP: Jake Plummer.

Coach of the Year: Mike Holmgren.

Rookies of the Year: Kevin Jones (Offense, Detroit), Darnell Dockett (Defense, Arizona.).

Super Bowl XXXIX: Broncos 30, Seahawks 13.

Or not so much….

Mailvox: Hell and history

rdkraus ponders the point:

So, are all who do not believe in the Way, the Truth and the Life going to Hell?

Uh oh.

Is it not possible to be a good and decent human being and lead a good and decent life without belief in the above?

Yes, it’s very possible. I know a few people who manage it, although I didn’t happen to be one of them. The problem is that those fundamentally good and decent people have no ability to oppose evil, lacking any coherent intellectual rationale for condemning and attacking it. So, even these good and decent unbelievers will find themselves in a Hell that is not of their making if the Christian influence is removed from a society.

If one is lucky, one might find oneself in a place like Japan. More realistically, something like the current Middle East approximates the historical norm. And if one is unlucky, one ends up in something like the People’s Democratic Republic of Kampuchea, the Aztec Empire or the Moloch-worshipping kingdoms of Canaan.

Keep in mind that the technology-blessed society in which we live so comfortably developed from the Christian West, not the pagan East or the Islamic Middle East. The track record of pure secularism as seen in the Communist societies has not been kind to technological development, but admittedly, the secularist philosophy/religion is still new therefore the jury is still out.

Mailvox: the merits of long pork

The godfather of the gay rights movement takes exception:

What “homosexual predilection for cannibalism? What on earth are you talking about? And please don’t cite that one case in Germany not long ago. To characterize millions of people by one instance is irrational.

To be sure, a focus on one instance would be irrational. But I’m not simply talking about the proclivities of Armin Miewes, I’m talking about the 340+ responses he received for his ad seeking a man harboring an interest in being butchered. Do you seriously think a heterosexual man would hear from that many women were he to place a similar personal ad? I’m also talking about the GLBT connection to almost half of the most famous serial killers in history, including big names such as Gein, Chikatilo, Fish and Dahmer to less famous small fry like the gay Mexican killer cannibal of two weeks ago. The link between homosexuality and cannibalism is so old that it is even considered a literary device of sorts.

But I don’t see why one would take issue with statistical links when one can simply redefine cannibalism as morally preferable to eating beef or whatever. If one can make a blanket assertion that homosexuality is an inherent good that is healthier and morally superior to sexual normalcy, who is to say that cannibalism isn’t an inherent good as well? More protein than a vegetarian diet, unlike chickens and veal, people are free-range and as the case of Miewes demonstrates, are capable of expressing their desire to be eaten in a way that an animal never can.