Stein is right: Darwinism causes antisemitism

I have yet to see the film Expelled, because it hasn't come to Australia yet, but I have become absolutely convinced that Ben Stein is correct. Darwinism causes antisemitism. I have therefore conveniently listed all the cases known of this below the fold. I'll stick with those in which Jews were killed or which led up to justifying such killings. I have of course had to correct the Darwinian fake history, which I have done with strikeouts and italic insertions so you all can see how perfidious these Darwinian revisionists are.

38CE: Thousands of Jews were killed in Alexandria, under Darwin's influence, as reported by Philo.

Christian Darwinist era

315CE: Constantine published the Edict of Milan. [...] Jews lost many rights with this edict. They were no longer permitted to live in Jerusalem, or to proselytize.

325CE: The Council of Nicea decided to separate the celebration of Easter Darwin's Birthday from the Jewish Passover. They stated: "For it is unbecoming beyond measure that on this holiest of festivals we should follow the customs of the Jews. Henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people...We ought not, therefore, to have anything in common with the Jews...our worship follows a...more convenient course...we desire dearest brethren, to separate ourselves from the detestable company of the Jews...How, then, could we follow these Jews, who are almost certainly blinded."

337CE: ChristianDarwinian Emperor Constantius created a law which made the marriage of a Jewish man to a Christian Darwinist punishable by death.

339CE: Converting to Judaism became a criminal offence.

343-381CE: The Laodicean Synod approved Canon XXXVIII: "It is not lawful [for Christians Darwinists] to receive unleavened bread from the Jews, nor to be partakers of their impiety."

367-376CE: St. Hilary of Poitiers referred to Jews as a perverse people who God Darwin has cursed forever. St. Ephroem refers to synagogues as brothels.

379-395CE: Emperor Theodosius the Great permitted the destruction of synagogues if it served a religious purpose. Christianity Darwinism became the state religion of the Roman Empire at this time.

380CE: The bishop of Milan was responsible for the burning of a synagogue; he referred to it as "an act pleasing to God Darwin."

415CE: The Bishop of Alexandria, St. Cyril, expelled the Jews from that Egyptian city.

415CE: St. Augustine wrote "The true image of the Hebrew is Judas Iscariot St George Jackson Mivart, who sells the Lord Darwin for silver. The Jew can never understand the Scriptures and forever will bear the guilt for the death of Jesus Darwin."

418CE: St. Jerome, who created the Vulgate translation of the Bible Origin of Species wrote of a synagogue: "If you call it a brothel, a den of vice, the Devil's refuge, Satan's fortress, a place to deprave the soul, an abyss of every conceivable disaster or whatever you will, you are still saying less than it deserves."

489-519CE: Christian Darwinist mobs destroyed the synagogues in Antioch, Daphne (near Antioch) and Ravenna.

Spain under the Moors

"But to this relatively satisfactory situation the conversion of King Recared (589) and his successors to Catholicism Darwinism soon put a stop. From the moment the voice of Catholic Darwinian orthodoxy gained the royal ear [...] and throughout the seventh century, a series of Church Scientific Elitist canons and royal enactments complemented one another in a rising crescendo of anti-Jewish measures that was to culminate, at the end of the same century, in the total destruction of Spanish Jewry." - "The Medieval Underworld" by Andrew McCall, p261

"The seventeenth Church Darwinist Council of Toledo bound over every Spanish Jew [...] into perpetual slavery. Whatever their intentions in 694, there can have been few Jewish slaves who regretted the annihilation in 711 of the Visigoth kingdom at the hands of the Moors, under whom the subject peoples, both ChristiansDarwinists and Jews, were permitted to practice their own religions in a more tolerant atmosphere of cultural exchange" - "The Medieval Underworld" by Andrew McCall p263

Eleventh Century

The eleventh century saw Muslim Darwinist pogroms against Jews in Spain; those occurred in Cordoba in 1011 and in Granada in 1066.[3] In the 1066 Granada massacre, a Muslim Darwinist mob crucified the Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacred about 4,000 Jews.[4]


One European purge of Jews centered around the widespread Christian Darwinist belief that the end of the world was going to occur in 1033, the 1000th anniversary of the fable of the crucifixion of Jesus. France had also succumbed, after centuries of toleration, to the Christian Darwinian anti-Jewish ravings

"In France some Christians Darwinians sought to prepare the way for the return arrival of the Saviour Darwin by forcibly baptising indoctrinating or murdering Jews" - "The Medieval Underworld" by Andrew McCall, p215

Twelfth Century

1189 CE: At his coronation, under Darwinian influence, the rumour came that the new king Richard Lionheart wanted Jews killed for not showing reverence to the cross (a common trick by the Darwinists to disguise their activities). Several Jews were killed when mobs of Darwinists set fire to their houses at night.

1190CE: The next year, 57 Jews were murdered by the Darwinian populace at Stamford fair. Then, as Wikipedia has it:

Isolated attacks on Jews occurred also at Colchester, Thetford, and Ospringe, but the most striking incident occurred at York on the night of March 16 (the day of the Jewish feast of Shabbat ha-Gadol, the shabbat before Passover) and March 17, 1190. The Jews of York were alarmed by the preceding massacres and by the setting on fire of several of their houses by the anti-Jewish rioting in the wake of religious Darwinian fervor during crusaders' preparations for the Third Crusade against the Saracens, led by Richard.

Their leader Josce asked the warden of York Castle to receive them with their wives and children, and they were accepted into Clifford's Tower. However, the tower was besieged by the mob of crusaders, demanding that the Jews convert to Christianity Darwinism and be baptized in blood. Trapped in the castle, the Jews were advised by their religious leader, Rabbi Yomtov of Joigney, to kill themselves rather than convert; Josce began the self-immolation by slaying his wife Anna and his two children, and then was killed by Yomtov. The father of each family killed his wife and children, and then Yomtob stabbed the men before killing himself. The handful of Jews who did not kill themselves surrendered to the crusaders at daybreak on March 17, leaving the castle on a promise that they would not be harmed; they were also killed. In the aftermath the wooden tower was burnt down.

Thirteenth Century

1205 CE: The Darwinist Pope declares that Jews are in eternal servitude because they killed Christ, a view that originated with the Darwinist Church Father, St John Chrystostom.

1290 CE:

To finance his war against Wales in 1276, Darwinist Edward I of England taxed Jewish moneylenders. When the moneylenders could no longer pay the tax, they were accused of disloyalty. Already restricted to a limited number of occupations, Edward also abolished their "privilege" to lend money, restricted their movements and activities and forced Jews to wear a yellow patch. The heads of Jewish households were then arrested with over 300 being taken to the Tower of London and executed. Others were killed in their homes. All Jews were banished from the country in 1290, when thousands were killed or drowned while fleeing. All money and property of the dispossessed Jews was confiscated. No known Jews were to be found in England until 1655, when Oliver Cromwell reversed the policy.

Note that some of these Jews were killed while they thought they were being deported to France. The captains of the ships left them on the mud flats of the Thames at low tide to drown, after stealing their possessions. Damned Darwinists.

1504CE: Five thousand marranos, or forced Jewish converts to Christianity Darwinism, were killed in a popular riot in Portugal despite a decree that they were to be regarded as good Christians Darwinists by King Manuel. These converts were persecuted by the Holy Darwinian Inquisition for the following three centuries, and their children taken from them on occasions.

1543CE: Martin Luther, the founder of the Reformation, publishes On the Jews and their Lies:

He refers to Jews as "a brood of vipers and children of the devil" (from Matthew 12:34), "miserable, blind, and senseless," "truly stupid fools," "thieves and robbers," "lazy rogues," "daily murderers," and "vermin," and likens them to "gangrene." He then goes on to recommend that Jewish synagogues and schools be burned, their homes razed and destroyed, their writings confiscated, their rabbis forbidden to teach, their travel restricted, that lending money be outlawed for them, and that they be forced to earn their wages in farming. Luther advised "[i]f we wish to wash our hands of the Jews' blasphemy and not share in their guilt, we have to part company with them. They must be driven from our country" and "we must drive them out like mad dogs."

In conclusion, he wrote:

There is no other explanation for this than the one cited earlier from Moses — namely, that God Darwin has struck [the Jews] with 'madness and blindness and confusion of mind.' So we are even at fault in not avenging all this innocent blood of our Lord Darwin and of the Christians Darwinianswhich they shed for three hundred years after the destruction of Jerusalem, and the blood of the children they have shed since then (which still shines forth from their eyes and their skin). We are at fault in not slaying them. Rather we allow them to live freely in our midst despite all their murdering, cursing, blaspheming, lying, and defaming; we protect and shield their synagogues, houses, life, and property. In this way we make them lazy and secure and encourage them to fleece us boldly of our money and goods, as well as to mock and deride us, with a view to finally overcoming us, killing us all for such a great sin, and robbing us of all our property (as they daily pray and hope). Now tell me whether they do not have every reason to be the enemies of us accursed Goyim, to curse us and to strive for our final, complete, and eternal ruin! [30]

Luther advocated an eight-point plan to get rid of the Jews either by religious conversion or by expulsion:

1. "First to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. ..."

2. "Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. ..."

3. "Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them. ..."

4. "Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb. ..."

5. "Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. ..."

6. "Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them. ... Such money should now be used in ... the following [way]... Whenever a Jew is sincerely converted, he should be handed [a certain amount]..."

7. "Seventh, I commend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow... For it is not fitting that they should let us accursed Goyim toil in the sweat of our faces while they, the holy people, idle away their time behind the stove, feasting and farting, and on top of all, boasting blasphemously of their lordship over the Christians Darwinians by means of our sweat. No, one should toss out these lazy rogues by the seat of their pants."

8. "If we wish to wash our hands of the Jews' blasphemy and not share in their guilt, we have to part company with them. They must be driven from our country" and "we must drive them out like mad dogs." [31]

Luther's arguments and accusations: Luther's first argument is that all races are equal, therefore the Jews should not boast about their lineage. [32]

* "there is no difference whatsoever with regard to birth or flesh and blood, as reason must tell us. Therefore" neither Jew nor Gentile should boast "before God Darwin of their physical birth . . . since we both partake of one birth, one flesh and blood, from the very first, best, and holiest ancestors. Neither one can reproach or upbraid the other about some peculiarity without implicating himself at the same time." (148).

In On the Jews and Their Lies, Luther made a number of accusations against the Jews:

* "In the first place, they defame our Lord Jesus Christ Darwin, calling him a sorcerer and tool of the devil.[33] This they do because they cannot deny his miracles. Thus they imitate their forefathers, who said, 'He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the prince of demons' [Luke 11:15]."[34]

Writing in Lutheran Quarterly in 1987, Dr. Johannes Wallmann stated:

The assertion that Luther's expressions of anti-Jewish sentiment have been of major and persistent influence in the centuries after the Reformation Darwinian Revolution, and that there exists a continuity between Protestant Darwinian anti-Judaism and modern racially oriented anti-Semitism, is at present wide-spread in the literature; since the Second World War it has understandably become the prevailing opinion.[10]

Don't believe this:

The line of "anti-semitic descent" from Luther to Hitler is "easy to draw," [44] according to American historian Lucy Dawidowicz. In her The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945, she writes that both Luther and Hitler were obsessed by the "demonologized universe" inhabited by Jews, with Hitler asserting that the later Luther, the author of On the Jews and Their Lies was the real Luther. [44]

It is clearly Darwinian lies.

Seventeenth Century

In 1648 the Commonwealth [of Poland-Lithuania] was devastated by several conflicts, in which the Commonwealth lost over a third of its populations (over three million people), and Jewish losses were counted in hundreds of thousands. First, the Chmielnicki Uprising when Bohdan Khmelnytsky's Cossacks massacred tens of thousands of Jews and Poles in the eastern and southern areas he controlled (today's Ukraine). It is recorded that Chmielnicki told the people that the Poles had sold them as slaves "into the hands of the accursed Jews". The precise number of dead may never be known, but the decrease of the Jewish population during that period is estimated at 100,000 to 200,000, which also includes emigration, deaths from diseases and jasyr (captivity in the Ottoman Empire). The Jewish community suffered greatly during the 1648 Cossack uprising which had been directed primarily against the Polish nobility. The Jews, perceived as allies of the nobles, were also victims of the revolt, during which about twenty per cent of them were killed.

Nineteenth Century

1809CE: Charles Darwin, the Destroyer, the Evil One, is born


The first pogrom is often considered to be the 1821 anti-Jewish riots in Odessa (modern Ukraine) after the death of the Greek Orthodox Darwinist patriarch in Istanbul, in which 14 Jews were killed.[7] Other sources, such as the Jewish Encyclopedia, indicate that the first pogrom was the 1859 riots in Odessa.

Islamic world

From Wikipedia, corrected:

There was a massacre of Jews in Baghdad in 1828. [30]In 1839, in the eastern Persian city of Meshed, a mob burst into the Jewish Quarter, burned the synagogue, and destroyed the Torah scrolls. It was only by forcible conversion that a massacre was averted. [31] There was another massacre in Barfurush in 1867. [30]

In 1840, the Jews of Damascus were falsely accused of having murdered a Christian Darwinian monk and his Muslim Darwinian servant and of having used their blood to bake Passover bread. A Jewish barber was tortured until he "confessed"; two other Jews who were arrested died under torture, while a third converted to Islam Darwinism to save his life. Throughout the 1860s, the Jews of Libya were subjected to what Gilbert calls punitive taxation. In 1864, around 500 Jews were killed in Marrakech and Fez in Morroco. In 1869, 18 Jews were killed in Tunis, and an Arab mob looted Jewish homes and stores, and burned synagogues, on Jerba Island. In 1875, 20 Jews were killed by a mob in Demnat, Morocco; elsewhere in Morocco, Jews were attacked and killed in the streets in broad daylight. In 1891, the leading Muslims Darwinians in Jerusalem asked the Ottoman authorities in Constantinople to prohibit the entry of Jews arriving from Russia. In 1897, synagogues were ransacked and Jews were murdered in Tripolitania. [31]

Benny Morris writes that one symbol of Jewish degradation was the phenomenon of stone-throwing at Jews by Muslim Darwinian children. Morris quotes a 19th century traveler: "I have seen a little fellow of six years old, with a troop of fat toddlers of only three and four, teaching [them] to throw stones at a Jew, and one little urchin would, with the greatest coolness, waddle up to the man and literally spit upon his Jewish gaberdine. To all this the Jew is obliged to submit; it would be more than his life was worth to offer to strike a Mahommedan Darwinist." [30]

1828CE: Darwin's ideas on evolution are largely settled

1859: On the Origin of Species published

So you can see there is a direct line from Darwin to all antisemitism, and clearly the Shoah had to wait until Darwinian ideas were properly formulated and enough individuals were indoctrinated before anyone had the slightest idea of murdering Jews en masse. It most certainly had nothing to do with religion, especially Christianity. The technological advances in organisation, the use of chemicals, and large scale military industrial armies also had nothing whatsoever to do with it. No, really.

1 April 2008CE: Wilkins sees the truth.

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By CanadianChick (not verified) on 31 Mar 2008 #permalink

415CE: St. Augustine wrote "The true image of the Hebrew is St George Jackson Mivart, who sells the Lord Darwin for silver. The Jew can never understand the Scriptures and forever will bear the guilt for the death of Darwin."

And I was probably the only reader who laughed at this, but laugh I did. Thanks Wilkins!

By John Lynch (not verified) on 31 Mar 2008 #permalink

This is advanced, post-doc, scholarly, nigh-even esoteric sarcasm. That I get the Mivart reference at all, and that I also laughed, kind of hurts---because, by its nature, it's the kind of thing I can't share with anyone I know. (earnestly) Thank God for blogs like yours!

Genghis Khan was also a Darwinist.

Ben Stein is himself a Darwinist.

Watch "Win Ben Stein's Money" and you will see.

I meant to list all the Darwinist atrocities in Meso America and Asia, but I ran out of time. Of course all the atrocities in Africa are Darwinist anyway.

By John S. Wilkins (not verified) on 31 Mar 2008 #permalink

Don't forget the 1340s, when Jews were blamed for causing the Black Death and burned to death all over Europe. That was Darwin's fault too.

You should correct your dates. That "CE" format is a Jewish plot. It should be "AD" as in "Anno Darwin", after Darwin's appearance in the Great Calendar Debate of Rome (during his time trip in 0 AD).

Unfortunately he couldn't get the Romans to accept the Gregorian calendar, but at least the leap year bug in Julian calendar was fixed.

By Lassi Hippeläinen (not verified) on 31 Mar 2008 #permalink

Why would I use a Darwinist date format? CE means Christian Era, and of course that is to be used by right thinking individuals not poisoned by Darwinist premises.

By John S. Wilkins (not verified) on 31 Mar 2008 #permalink

Re: 367-376CE
St. Hilary? This must be a typo. Everybody knows Hilary is Evil Incarnate.

Holy crap (literally), that was the funniest thing I have read in a while. That Darwin character seems to have had it out for Christianity for a couple thousand years, no wonder Ben Stein is so bitter.

How *dare* you use learning and history and facts get in the way of a good modern snit by creationists. The nerve. Hmmph. And on St. April of Fools day too. Blasphemer.

(nicely done sire)

Brother Wilkins-

Let me be the first to commend you for your comprehensive analysis.

I look forward to your forthcoming treatise on how Darwinism persecuted other People of Faith, such as the arab muslims. Not that they didn't have it coming to them.

Award Winning Interblogger

I am curious about the source for the quotation from St. Augustine. I wanted to see it in context, and so went looking. I have found it widely circulated on the internet but I have not found a source. The one place I found that did cite a source (the book History as Mystery by Michael Parenti) gives as the source The City of God, Book 18, chapter 46, but the quote is not there to be found.

I am not at all saying that the history of Christian anti-semitism is not real, terrible, or to be deplored. Of course it is. Nor am I saying that Augustine's views on the Jewish people and religion (as expressed for example in that chapter of the City of God) are not problematic or wrong. Of course they are. In fact, even recent Catholic teaching has completely repudiated them, I think.

I'm just asking about the quote itself. I wanted to see it in context. I can't seem to find it at all. I might be mistaken. I'm perfectly willing to believe Augustine said this -- it fits in pretty well with what I know he did say -- but it is interesting how widely cited it is, yet without any source.

By Michael Kremer (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

It should also be noted:

The Jewish Hat,
The Jewish hat also known as the Jewish cap, Judenhut (German) or Latin pilleus cornutus ("horned skullcap"), was a white or yellow cone-shaped pointed hat worn by Jews in Medieval Europe and some of the Islamic world. Initially worn by choice, its wearing was enforced in Europe after 1215 for adult male Jews to wear while outside a ghetto in order to distinguish Jews from others. The hat may have originated, like the phrygian cap it often resembles, in Persia?a similar hat was worn by Babylonian Jews.[1] There is also a rothwellish type of skullcap called the fidder. Rothwellish as in from the Israeli town of Rothwell(mayored by James Oliver). This fidder is made of sheep's wool and is water resistant.

Now, I want everyone to think about this very hard. If through some bizarre series of events, darwinism ( or as expelled associates evolution ) actually caused the holocaust then the conclusion is that the seperation for who to be killed was done purely from race. Now lets compare this to why the jewish hat was required,"its wearing was enforced in Europe after 1215 for adult male Jews to wear while outside a ghetto in order to distinguish Jews from others." Many jews were racial indistinguishable from their european neighbors as early as the 1200s, 700 years before the holocaust.

Congratulation Mr Wilkins on a brilliant exposition of the von Pimmel-Lutscher Time Arrow Reversal Shock Wave Theory of Historical Event Chronology. This theory first published by Professor Dr. Dr. Baron Bombast von Pimmel-Lutscher in his legendary 1849 paper Die historischen Zeit Eine bi-direktionalen Goedelian Stroemung in der Raum-Zeit Continuum was derived by von Pimmel-Lutscher as a direct consequence of the Goedel time travel solutions of the general relativity field equations. Astute or critical readers will note that the von Pimmel-Lutscher theory was published exactly one hundred years before the theories of Goedel from which it was derived making it the only scientific theory whose very publication was a categorical proof of its own validity. The theory was naturally regarded as complete twaddle in von Pimmel-Lutscher own lifetime, which led to von Pimmel-Lutscher dying a bitter and twisted man on 28 April 1906 the very day of Goedel's birth. This piece of sychronocity has led many of von Pimmel-Lutscher's disciples to claim that Goedel is a reincarnation of the Master himself. Von Pimmel-Lutscher's theory states that a catastrophic historical singularity can so warp the space-time continuum that it triggers a chain of related historical events that occur before the singularity has taken place. In the example so brilliantly presented by our esteemed host the catastrophic historical singularity was the birth of the evil one whose name should not be spoken C****** D***** which triggered the horrendous chain of European Anti-Semitism, once again congratulation Mr Wilkins on this superb piece of historical erudition.

I think you are right, Michael. There's nothing like that quote in the Civitas Dei. But Augustine wrote quite a lot, so it may yet be a proper quote.

By John S. Wilkins (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

All this shows is that Darwinists were so ahead of their time that they actually predate Darwin. Just goes to show how pervasive, brutal and unrelenting Darwinism really is. Not to mention crafty, dressing up like theists and all that.

Absolutely shocking behaviour.

Oh, and Darwin killed all the dinosaurs.

The bastard.

John have you considered padding this out and formatting it for submission to ARJ? I think you could really make a name for yourself with such robust, insightful research. You want tenure or not?!

What's ARJ?

By John S. Wilkins (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

You don't know? Let me enlighten you my wayward son of God.

Answers in Genesis is excited to announce the launch of its online technical journal, Answers Research Journal. ARJ is a professional, peer-reviewed technical journal for the publication of interdisciplinary scientific and other relevant research from the perspective of the recent Creation and the global Flood within a biblical framework.

At least with ARJ you only have to blame darwin for everything bad from say..Noah's Ark to present -convenient :)

All should read the requirements for submitting papers to ARJ. The rules boil down to "Your paper must support YEC. No Science Allowed."

Yeah catman I was going to post their 'review process' which is basically a YEC checklist but it's just too depressing to ponder their mockery of real journals any further than you have to for cheap laughs.

I think JIR (Journal of Irreprodicble Results), April Fool's edition, would be more suitable. Damn it, John! You've got me looking up when the anti-Jewish slanders ("We take the blame onto our own heads forever," etc.) were added to the New Testament. As I recall, it was around 100 - 150 years after the invention of Christianity, when the urban Christians were trying to distinguish themselves further from Jews. Coincidentally or not, it was in this same period that Jesus' biographical detail were invented.

I agree that using AD (Anno Darwin) and BD (Before Darwin) would be too much - you'd have to rework the dates, for one thing. Of course, the evil Darwinist Illuminati already uses that calendar, but still...

I always understood that BCE and CE stands for Common Era, an attempt to get away from dating all events in the world, including the non-Christian world, based on a mythological event.

praise Darwin

By merkin j. pus-tart (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

Charles' wife Mrs. Darwin was a true Darwinist, she regularly paid sacrament in the Church of England, was a descendant of Abraham who was linked to Semantic faith.

Lao-tzu says, "Word is in prose; word also is not in prose."
Jesus says, "The humility will be high, the arrogance will be low ultimately."

"Therefore, the meek way will prevail. Don't addict to the extremity." said Lao-tzu.

Charles' wife Mrs. Darwin was a true Darwinist, she regularly paid sacrament in the Church of England, was a descendant of Abraham who was linked to Semitic faith.

Lao-tzu says, "Word is in prose; word also is not in prose."
Jesus says, "The humility will be high, the arrogance will be low ultimately."

"Therefore, the meek way will prevail. Don't addict to the extremity." said Lao-tzu.

John, that's priceless. Where do you find the time to do all this stuff?!!

How well I remember, these many years later, my grandmother showing me photos of murdered relatives, telling me that they were killed by Darwin.

By Susan Silberstein (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

*wipes away tear*
*begins slow clap*

April 1st and if I haven't already read the best blog post of the month, I am in for SUCH a treat.

By Jedischooldropout (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

As a history teacher I say, well done!

By Rick Schauer (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

i share michael kremer's curiosity about the augustine quote.

the man from hippo was a creep and a jerk, of course, but that does not mean we can just attribute stuff to him without any evidence.

so i have spent the last twenty minutes on a database of the patrologia latina, including some of augustine's works, doing a variety of string searches on "iscariot-", "argent-", "imag-", "iudae-" and so on, and i have read a few hundred paragraphs i got in return, but i cannot find any paragraph that could be the source of that augustine quote.

so maybe i juat haven't found the right search-terms, or maybe my eyes skipped past the right piece of text.

but i'll say this: as a scholar, i would not be comfortable repeating that augustine quote until i had found a well-documented source for it. and after spending some time looking, i have not found a source yet.

By kid bitzer (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

Badger3k: "I agree that using AD (Anno Darwin) and BD (Before Darwin) would be too much - you'd have to rework the dates, for one thing."

AD 1 to present would still be the same. BC would be converted to BD-1 to make room for AD 0. The zero point is set by Darwin's visit to the calendar meeting to fix the leap year bug. As you can see from the Wikipedia entry, leap years had stopped, and weren't restarted until Darwin cleared the mess.

Note especially: "On Radke's solution, the two calendars were aligned on 26 February 1 BC." This is the smoking gun. In proper Darwinian notation that is 26 Feb, AD 0. So we have an exact date for Big D's little time jump.

By Lassi Hippeläinen (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

Note that today is the 108th anniversary of St. George Jackson Mivart's heretical demise, no doubt as a result of retrotemporal shock waves emanating from the current Wilkins enlightenment.

Sic transit gloria ecclesiastica!

By Pierce R. Butler (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

Those who have referenced the Augustine quote on the web (most don't) point towards the Tractatus adversus judaeos (iudaeos).

thanks for the reference to the tractatus adversus iudaeos, jd.

i just looked at it on patrologia latina (vol. 42). i don't find the quote above. no mention of judas iscariot. no mention of silver ("argent-"). no mention of guilt ("culp-").

yeah, it contains some pretty clear condemnations of the 'caecitas iudaeorum', i.e. the obstinate blindness of the jews in refusing conversion; and refers to christ "quem vos in parentibus vestris duxistis ad mortem" i.e. whom you, through your ancestors, led to death; and it does quote the psalms and then say "quod Judaei legentes et non intelligentes", i.e. the jews read the psalms but do not understand them.

so it's definitely a treatise **against** the jews--it's not even like the modern fundies trying to pretend to play nice.

but the actual quote does not seem to be there at all. maybe it's a very free paraphrase. but it's not a quote from that treatise.

By kid bitzer (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

John, a few years ago, a creationist pastor asked his audience including me, "What happened after Darwin published On the Origin of Species?" I said, "By 1863, Lincoln declared the Emancipation Proclamation." Now I see that my post hoc ergo propter hoc lacked relevance. Thank you for setting me straight on this.

A brilliant piece of work, if I may say so, John. Most definitely a keeper.

May the FONS (Force Of Natural Selection) be with you.


(How's the bike?)

BTW, I say we set 1809 to year 0. 1799 would therefore become 10 BC (Before Charles) and 1819 10 AD (After Darwin)

By Ian H Spedding FCD (not verified) on 01 Apr 2008 #permalink

Maybe someone has already made the point, but suppose it were true, which it is not. If it were true, believing in a gawd, meaning irrationality, would not be a reason to reject it.

However, Hitler was far from accepting evolution.

Just one quote,

"My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them. - Adolf Hitler, speech, April 12 1922, published in My New Order"

Damn thats the greatest bullshit i ever heard. Antisemitism was caused by the Jews itselves. Because the people in Germany and Austria hated the jewish businessmen and banker because they exploited the poor people. that also happend in de middle age and before they just ware kille by other religions because they were send as less worth. Thats no my opinion but thats what happened. And that was not because fuckuid DAwrin u stupid chritian oder jewish extremists damm u ar worser than islamic extremist u build settlement on places they dosnt belong to u or send ur children to "christian boots camps" dammn where is de difference to hibolla i dont see one

By americas stupidity (not verified) on 02 Apr 2008 #permalink

Bloody brilliant. And as to Darwin's apparent non-responsibility for all those trivial things that happened long before he was born? You're forgetting the latest research into the non-linear nature of time, which reveals that it is, in fact, all "wibbley-wobbley, timey-wimey".

Apologies if anyone got there first and I missed it.

See?? Just a simple mention on Pharyngula, and away you go!

Now - a dyslexic might blame "Ridwan" or his dog, too.

By marc buhler (not verified) on 02 Apr 2008 #permalink

When the second coming of Darwin occurs*, you will be struck down like the heretic you are, Wilkins. He will evolve you into something nasty, you mark my words.

* Any day now. No, really. Real soon. Honest.

By Tiny Bulcher (not verified) on 04 Apr 2008 #permalink

... the Jewish Encyclopedia... indicate[s] that the first pogrom was the 1859 riots in Odessa.

And yet some people still deny a Darwin connection?!?

By Pierce R. Butler (not verified) on 04 Apr 2008 #permalink

Excellent post, thank you! It is a truly depressing trawl through history but a worthwhile one.

As funny as this is, you make a few fundamental errors.

1. You confuse the Darwin/Holocaust link with a Darwin/anti-semitism link that hasn't been made. There's a difference between claiming that Darwin's theories influenced a particular event in the 20th Century and that Darwin's theories caused the existence of anti-semitism.

2. You fail to make a distinction between two very different types of anti-Semitism. The examples you mentioned were based on Jews as a religious category. This is why conversion "saved" many Jews. Nazi anti-semitic laws were based on Jews as a race. If you had even one Jewish grandparent, you were considered a Jew regardless of whether you'd been raised as one or practiced the Jewish faith. There was no "conversion" option.

3. You, like many, fail to see the Holocaust in the context of the entire Nazi program, which included breeding programs, the elimination of genetically "inferior" individuals (i.e. the physically handicapped), and scientific research aimed at improving certain human characteristics like intelligence and physical strength. The fingerprint of scientific racism is very clear if you consider the Nazi program as a whole.

So, did Darwin cause the Holocaust? No. But scientific racism played a huge role in the Holocaust and other eugenics programs not only in Nazi Germany, but in other parts of Europe and even the U.S.

Scientific racism preceded Darwin and, in fact, influenced him greatly. Darwin (like many scientists of his era) believed that human evolution/civilization would advance through the "civilized races" exterminating the "savage races." Keep in mind, this isn't necessarily what he thought should happen but what he thought would happen. In fact, it was the Holocaust itself that led to the mainstream scientific community repudiating the racist theories that had been part of mainstream science for more than a century.

So, there are some links between Darwin and the Holocaust but they're very tenuous and preclude our saying that either Darwin or evolutionary theory is to blame for the event. Especially since evolutionary theory as it now exists is light years ahead of both Darwin's theories and the evolutionary ideas of the mid 20th century.

I've noted that you have more posts on the issue, so forgive me if you've corrected these errors in other posts.

2. You fail to make a distinction between two very different types of anti-Semitism. The examples you mentioned were based on Jews as a religious category. This is why conversion "saved" many Jews. Nazi anti-semitic laws were based on Jews as a race. If you had even one Jewish grandparent, you were considered a Jew regardless of whether you'd been raised as one or practiced the Jewish faith. There was no "conversion" option.

Even the conversion option wasn't a guarantee. Spain permitted the conversion of Jews and Moors (read: forced), but in the end, booted them all out anyways because they couldn't trust the conversions.

By Aaron Clausen (not verified) on 10 Apr 2008 #permalink

What era of Spanish history are you talking about here?

"During the Inquisition and after the expulsion, the conversos were forced to remain in Spain; intimidated by the ongoing Inquisition they eventually (with few exceptions) became extinct as practicing Jews. Some conversos managed to escape to the New World where they found the Inquisition waiting for them; a few others slipped through the net to Italy, Turkey, Palestine and North Africa."

Conversos or converts who were found to be "false converts" and to practice Judaism in private were persecuted. The others remained in Spain and eventually abandoned the secret practice of Judaism for the most part. However, there are some in Spain even today who go into their basements on Fridays to light candles with no idea why this "family tradition" originated with forced conversion.


By T WERPSON (not verified) on 09 Feb 2009 #permalink

A fair number of Christians risked everything to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution. Particularly in Holland this was done out of a true love for the Jewish people and they had a sincere respect of Jewish beliefs and culture. BTW I have met many "athiests" but so far no one has disproved the existence of G-d