Pharyngula

Who was on the Nazi’s naughty list?

Since the pope has declared that the source of the Nazi evil was their atheism, we ought to be able to see that in their laws. Here are the guidelines for banned books in Nazi Germany. A few of them stand out.

Recall that many creationists claim that the horrors of the Holocaust were inspired by Charles Darwin? I don’t quite understand, then, why ol’ Chuck was on their list of banned authors, along with Ernst Haeckel.

6. Schriften weltanschaulichen und lebenskundlichen Charakters, deren Inhalt die falsche naturwissenschaftliche Aufklärung eines primitiven Darwinismus und Monismus ist (Häckel).

6. Writings of a philosophical and social nature whose content deals with the false scientific enlightenment of primitive Darwinism and Monism (Häckel).

They must have banned religious books, then. But no…it banned books that ridiculed religion.

c) Alle Schriften, welche die christliche Religion und ihre Einrichtungen, den Gottesglauben und andere einem gesunden Volksempfinden heiligen Dinge verhöhnen, verumglimpfen oder verächtlich machen.

c) All writings that ridicule, belittle or besmirch the Christian religion and its institution, faith in God, or other things that are holy to the healthy sentiments of the Volk.

Richard Dawkins can be proud that The God Delusion would have been banned by Hitler, while all the fleas that follow him would have been heroes of the Reich.