Darksyde rightly skewers Ben Stein and his creationist fellow travellers for claiming that evolutionary biology led to the Holocaust:
Religion and science are different species of course. But one thing they share in common is both can be used for great good or nightmarish evil. Particle physicists developed the theories underpinning everything from PET/CAT scans to the device you are reading this post on. They also brought us the hydrogen bomb. Biochemists developed antibiotics, saving the lives and limbs of countless millions of suffering people. The same science produced Zyklon B, a substance used by the Third Reich to economically exterminate families by the trainload.
Only an exceptionally stupid asshole, or an intentionally dishonest creep, would blame chemistry for Auschwitz, and that asshole would be roundly laughed off the world stage — assuming they somehow finagled a spot on it in the first place. Unfortunately, when it comes to biology, modern day Intelligent Design Creationists and their old fashioned fire and brimstone Young Earth Creationist ancestors are precisely those kinds of assholes. And they’re not shameless in the least, quite the contrary: they’re proud of it. Then again, why shouldn’t they be? Creationists get a free pass from the media when they tie biology to the most horrific events in human history and, too often, a pat on the shoulder straight from the conservative pulpit.
What makes Ben Stein so despicable is that, as a fellow Jew, he blithely ignores the long, horrific history of European anti-Semitism that has partial roots in the Christian Church. He knows better. What? He’s never said Av Harachamim?
The claim to authority he makes based on the loss of his relatives during the Holocaust is even more foul: most Jews of European ancestry had large portions of their families exterminated by the Nazis (this includes my family).
Disgusting. And that’s before one considers that medical research–particularly genetics and genomics–would be impossible without the tools and methods developed by evolutionary biologists.