Creation Museum Founder's Book Calls Evolution Theory Racist

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The founder of a popular Kentucky
Christian museum that rejects evolution says in a new book that
Darwin's theory fuels racism and genocide.

Ken Ham, who opened the Creation Museum last year, and co-author
Charles Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College in
Indianapolis, have written "Darwin's Plantation: Evolution's
Racist Roots," arguing that the theory inspired the Nazi belief in
racial superiority and the murderous policies of Soviet dictator
Josef Stalin.

"What Darwinian evolution did I would say is provide what
people thought was a scientific justification for separation of
races," Ham said in an interview.

Ham is not the first to try to tie Darwin with racism. The
charge has been made for years.

It came up last month in arguments over science curriculum at a
South Carolina state school board meeting. In 2001, Louisiana's
state legislature considered a bill that said Darwin supported
racist ideologies.

David L. Schultz, associate professor of biology at Nicholls
State University in Louisiana, said Darwin was egalitarian and had
a history of speaking out against slavery.


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  • by GrapeApe Location: The Jungle on Feb 12, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    This comment section is more entertaining than comedy central! Keep the comments rolling!
  • by johnny Location: ky on Feb 12, 2008 at 05:15 AM
    chose you this day who you serve.and i chose. god end of my storey
  • by Alan Location: Turkey on Feb 12, 2008 at 04:48 AM
    Whoever wrote the summary for this article as "Actually Darwin never made an effort to connect race to the idea of evolution. White, Christians took the initiative to extrapolate (inappropriately) that ... " on the Google search, apparantly has never read Darwin's Origin of Species (subtitled "The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life" or Darwin's The Descent of Man (1874) which clearly are racist.
  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Feb 11, 2008 at 09:55 PM
    Anyone who rejects evolution wholesale fails to consider the ability of bacteria to become drug resistant, through evolution. Just a few centuries ago humans were quiet shorter on average than they are today. natural selection of stronger traits has made us grow. God created man in His image. Does anyone out there know what God looked like when he did this? Didn't think so. Did he look like what we would call an ape/white/black/asian/hispanic? We can look back through the fossil record of life on earth and prove that species have been evolving since the beginning of life. Who are we to say that God has not guided changes in man's looks through the centuries? He has said that we will have all answers in their time. Does He guide scientific discovery as a way to give us answers? I think He planted a seed, and has been cultivating it ever since. Darwin was not a racist, but his ideas have been warped by others to support racist claims.
  • by D Location: CORBIN on Feb 11, 2008 at 10:10 AM
    I DON'T KNOW IF DARWIN WAS RACIST AND DON'T REALLY CARE, BUT I DO HAVE A NEWS FLASH FOR ALL: THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION IS WHAT IT SAYS IT IS.....A THEORY. WHICH MEANS STILL TO THIS DATE THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN. IT IS ONLY A THEORY. EVER HERE OF THE MISSING LINK....WHY IS IT MISSING? BECAUSE IT HAS NEVER BEEN FOUND BECAUSE IT DOES NOT EXIST. THEORY, THEORY, THEORY. GOD IS THE CREATOR OF ALL. EVOLUTION...WHAT A JOKE!!!!
  • by Darwin on Feb 11, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    In reading these comments, I know I'm right. You people are acting like a bunch of apes!
  • by ben Location: lex on Feb 11, 2008 at 05:35 AM
    No offence, but this debate was solved 100 years ago and only in America are there small pockets of people who still refuse evolution. I for one, believe in God, and in no way feel threatened by evolution. We need to put these religious fruitcakes in there place, which is no where near our children.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Feb 11, 2008 at 04:24 AM
    BobC: People also use the Bible to justify killing, discrimination, etc. That doesn't mean it is right or that they speak for the majority of us. There are wack jobs in every religion/belief system. Stereotyping any group based on the actions of a few members is wrong. I was just trying to point out that I thought it was a useless argument and that more valid points could have been made to substantiate the article. Shall we just agree to disagree? ;)
  • by Gail Location: Lawrenceburg on Feb 10, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    This topic is so stupid it does not deserve our attention.
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 10, 2008 at 12:35 PM
    @Posted by: ????? Location: ky "I think the lunatics are the people who would rather believe they came from a monkey" That makes you the nut. As no one that believes in eveolution believes we came form monkeys. Thats where people like you that cant read get it wrong. Evolution says man is of the greater ape family beside gorrillas, oragantans, and chimpanzees. That means we both came from the same decendant and that monkeys that are around today took a seprate turn. But of course your just too brainwashed to read on your own. ALso the people that think jesus made you must not even read the very book you try to say is truth. Btw next time you "monkeys" need a Dr just pray to jesus and see what happens. After all science is false and just a new religion right? Well thats worship of a false idol and your (edited) to hell. Btw you so called believers that would (edited) 80% of the world to hell for a book that not even very old. Jesus said turn teh otehr cheek and love not judge and curse!

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