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  •  "Darwinism" has been anathema in the (6+ / 0-)

    Bible Belt since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. It wasn't only Uncle Tom's Cabin that convinced the South that Abolition was coming unless they took desperate measures.

    Darwin did not come up with the idea of evolution, which was an evident fact at the time to anybody with any real acquaintance with the evidence. Millions of facts, in fact, since increased to trillions with genome sequencing. He came up with part of an explanation, specifically the operation of Natural Selection, which he later expanded with the idea of Sexual Selection.

    Darwin's most heinous crime is literally unspeakable among its opponents. It is the implication that the pinnacle of God's Creation, the Southern Aristocracy, are each and all n * * * * * s, according to the One Drop rule. We all are, in fact, of 100% Black African ancestry somewhere around 100,000 years ago.

    I am proud of my African ancestry, but for the Southern Aristocracy, this fact goes beyond shame. It means that their theory of slavery (the Curse of Ham) was wrong, that Blacks are not mentally and morally inferior. It means that Jim Crow was wrong, because we really are all brothers and sisters. (Well, maybe 99th cousins. Closer with every round of intermarriage. But family.) It means that the Republican Southern Strategy of racism and bigotry is wrong. It means that the wealth, status, and power that the Southern Aristocracy lives for are simply plunder and rapine.

    Sexual selection, in Darwin's next book, The Descent of Man, is even worse. It implies that White women who might choose Black men if permitted are acting according to the laws of Nature and (if you look at it that way) of Nature's God. Like Barack Obama's mom.

    But you will never hear a White Supremacist openly admit that his own Black African ancestry is the problem. No, the problem is that you cannot tell such people that they are descended from "monkeys". Which is well-known racist code.

    It is true that racist denial became much stronger in the 1960s, in the time of the Civil Right Movement. That was when the modern versions of Young Earth Creationism and Flood Geology took hold, when the narrative of science as a conspiracy against the truth of Christianity solidified. But it has nothing to do with the state of real research.

    For those who reject Evolution, and all of the many sciences that support it, who consider it all to be a deliberate conspiracy, it is no step at all to consider Global Warming to be part of the same conspiracy. To the point that we hear that "peer-reviewed science is the Kool-Aid of the Left wing Liberal conspiracy".

    Hands off my ObamaCare[TM] http://www.healthcare.gov

    by Mokurai on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 09:24:01 AM PDT

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