The provocative title of this post is the title of a new book, by Ken Ham (founder of the absurd Creation Museum, in the woeful state of Kentucky) . Charles ware is co-author.
The book came out in November, 2007, but is receiving beefed up publicity, presumably to coincide with Darwin Month and Darwin’s upcoming birthday.
This is a little like publicizing a book denying that Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Lincoln’s Birthday (which, by the way, is the same as Darwin’s Birthday).
This issue has been addressed before, but since the publishers of the book have chosen to ramp up the publicity just now, I’ll bother to point out some recent reading material showing not only that this thesis … the Darwinian roots of racism, eugenics, etc., is wrong from a scholarly and factual perspective, but something more; The efforts by Ken Ham, as well as others at the Discovery Institute of Intelligent Design Creationism (DIID), on not merely wrong, but they are bald faced intentional lies.
That’s the Christian Way, after all. If people won’t give you what you want, you lie, cheat, and steal to get it.
Don’t look for links on this site to the publicity I refer to. I shall not be a handmaiden of slime. But it is primarily in local newspapers (thanks Joe for the tip).
The interesting and relevant reading on this issue arises from the critique of a talk given in Minneapolis by John West, of the Discovery Institute. PZ Myers and I both wrote posts about what happened at that talk, and Mark Borrello, who gave a counterargument at the talk, has posted something on the MnCSE web site, as has Jim Curtsinger. Other bloggers covered this as well. So, here are the links, enjoy your evening reading all this stuff!
John West can Play the Violin But Not the Fiddle (my blog)
John West at the McLaurin Institute (PZ Myers)
In Which I Meet John West (Tangled Up in Blue Guy)
John West’s Talk at the University of Minnesota (Amused Muse)
Dancing with the Disco Institute (Mark Borrello)
And, winner of the Best Title Evah Award:
Should Dr. West Be Sterilized? (Jim Pull-No-Punches Curtsinger)