Letter: Darwin has left an inglorious legacy
By Mike Bogle, Windom In 1859, Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life" was published. It gave the world a "scientific" basis for racism and slavery p...
By Mike Bogle, Windom
In 1859, Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life” was published. It gave the world a “scientific” basis for racism and slavery present in his day. His idea were not new, but he was the first to gather so-called evidence. He observed change within species and did some good work with insects and plants, but never addressed the origin of species. He felt his hypothesis of macro-evolution would be vindicated by the fossil record, but it never has.
Although “The Preservation of Favored Races” has been dropped from the title of modern editions for obvious reasons, the legacy left by it is mind-boggling. The race was on for a “missing link.” So-called primitive races were chosen. All known Aboriginal graves were robbed and the living were rounded up, shot and beheaded. An African pygmy named Ota Benga was taken from his wife and children and locked in a cave with chimpanzees for the evolution display at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
How different could the world have been if Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin had both become atheists from reading Darwin? They were both professing Christians in their youth. Pol Pot, an avid evolutionist, made the Guinness Book of World Records for killing one-third to one-half of the Cambodian population after the U.S. left Vietnam. Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is page upon page of racism based on evolutionary theory.
While all honest scientists are discovering huge problems with evolution, we continue to teach it as fact in our public schools because educators think the only alternative is religion. The alternative is to reach origins at home and quit telling our children they are descended from apes via the rocks when they don’t know where they came from. Strangely enough, evolutions don’t what know what animal monkeys descended from, either. That may prove God has a sense of humor.