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
"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
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.