I have to agree with Rich Lowry!
Quote from George Bernard Shaw via Jonah Goldberg:
"Nowadays the Capitalist cry is: "Nationalize what you like; mu-
nicipalize all you can; turn the courts of justice into courts martial
and your parliaments and corporations into boards of directors with
your most popular mob orators in the chair, provided the rent, the
interest, and the profits come to us as before, and the proletariat still
gets nothing but its keep."
This is the great corruption of Socialism which threatens us at
present. It calls itself Fascism in Italy, National Socialism (Nazi for
short) in Germany, New Deal in the United States, and is clever
enough to remain nameless in England; but everywhere it means the
same thing: Socialist production and Unsocialist distribution. So far,
out of the frying pan into the fire."
I have noticed a sad lack of knowledge in the area of political science in my comments thread and it shows up when someone suggests that Nazis were conservatives! What part of National Socialist Party don't you understand? The totalitarian governments of WWII were all socialistic (fascist, communist, whatever your label) as were/are the governments involved in the Korean War and the Vietnam War (Red China, Cambodia, Laos, NVM) in conflict with the USA and our allies. Fascism is a liberal philosophy and fascism is the enemy of individual freedoms.
When government seeks to tell us what car to drive, whether we can have weapons, what fuel we must use to heat our homes, it is a fascist government.
On Darwin and Godwin's Law (and The Final Solution)
I want to call your attention to an earlier blog post of mine: Radaractive versus Scientific American...point by point.
Here are the words of Darwin:
"At some future period not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes...will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest Allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as the baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla (1874, p. 178). " From The Descent of Man.
Here is Darwin again:
"With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination. We build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed."
Now allow me to make the case that the Nazi leadership was following a Darwinian creed in killing off Jews and Christians and Gypsies and Negroes and the handicapped, etc. From the website of The United States Holocaust Museum:
“OUR STARTING POINT IS NOT THE INDIVIDUAL, AND WE DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THE VIEW THAT ONE SHOULD FEED THE HUNGRY, GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY, OR CLOTHE THE NAKED . . . . OUR OBJECTIVES ARE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT: WE MUST HAVE A HEALTHY PEOPLE IN ORDER TO PREVAIL IN THE WORLD.” JOSEPH GOEBBELS, MINISTER OF PROPAGANDA, 1938
"From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany's government led by Adolf Hitler promoted a nationalism that combined territorial expansion with claims of biological superiority—an "Aryan master race"—and virulent antisemitism. Driven by a racist ideology legitimized by German scientists, the Nazis attempted to eliminate all of Europe's Jews, ultimately killing six million in the Holocaust. Many others also became victims of persecution and murder in the Nazis' campaign to cleanse German society of individuals viewed as threats to the "health" of the nation."
THE BIOLOGICAL STATE: NAZI RACIAL HYGIENE, 1933-1939
Nazism was “applied biology,” stated Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess. During the Third Reich, a politically extreme, antisemitic variation of eugenics determined the course of state policy. Hitler’s regime touted the “Nordic race” as its eugenic ideal and attempted to mold Germany into a cohesive national community that excluded anyone deemed hereditarily “less valuable” or “racially foreign.” Public health measures to control reproduction and marriage aimed at strengthening the “national body” by eliminating biologically threatening genes from the population. Many German physicians and scientists who had supported racial hygiene ideas before 1933 embraced the new regime’s emphasis on biology and heredity, the new career opportunities, and the additional funding for research.
Hitler’s dictatorship, backed by sweeping police powers, silenced critics of Nazi eugenics and supporters of individual rights. After all educational and cultural institutions and the media came under Nazi control, racial eugenics permeated German society and institutions. Jews, considered “alien,” were purged from universities, scientific research institutes, hospitals, and public health care. Persons in high positions who were viewed as politically “unreliable” met a similar fate."
Holding two doctoral degrees, in anthropology and genetic medicine, Josef Mengele worked in 1941 with the Genealogical Section of the SS Race and Resettlement Office in Posen, screening persons for hereditary and racial fitness. In 1942 he joined the Waffen SS and was wounded in combat. Posted to Auschwitz in 1943, Mengele took rotations with other SS doctors at the unloading ramps, dispatching Jews to the gas chambers. Mengele also conducted experiments using Jewish and Roma (Gypsy) twin subjects. He either killed or ordered killed some of his subjects so that organs could be harvested for study.
Under Heydrich, the Security Police and the SD was the primary agency responsible for intelligence analysis and executive measures in suppressing numerous internal and external enemies of the Nazi state. The SD established intelligence departments to study the alleged long-term machinations of each of the Reich's enemies: “World Jewry,” “Marxists” (Communists, Social Democrats, and trade unionists), “political churches” (e.g. Lutherans and Catholic clergy who opposed the regime as well as members of other Protestant denominations -- such as the Jehovah's Witnesses -- whose members did not accept the authority of the Nazi state), right-wing nationalist opponents, and Freemasonry. The Gestapo arrested these political opponents and, where deemed appropriate, incarcerated them in concentration camps using the police authority granted by an order of Protective Custody (Schutzhaftbefehl).
The Kripo investigated so-called non-political criminal acts and behavior. Kripo officers arrested those whose alleged criminal or anti-social behavior was deemed dangerous to the Reich. In addition to persons with past criminal records, Kripo officials arrested homosexuals, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), and people who engaged in whatever the Kripo deemed to be “asocial” behavior. Analogous to the Protective Arrest Order, the Kripo used a Protective Detention Order (Vorbeugungshaftbefehl) as the instrument of indefinite arrest and incarceration.
Heydrich and Himmler had a shared view both of the identity of the long-term enemies of the German race and of the measures to be taken against them. Like Himmler, Heydrich believed that the destruction of overt, “visible” opponents was not sufficient to guarantee the security and survival of the German race as the Nazis defined it. These opponents included: Communist and Social Democratic activists; intellectual and organizational adherents of liberal democracy, traditional conservative nationalism, and Christian values; and Jews who held leading positions in the Marxist and liberal democratic movements in Germany and Austria as well as non-affiliated Jewish intellectuals who opposed the Nazi regime.
These “visible” enemies, however, possessed international ties and aligned themselves with “camouflaged” enemies, who sought from within to destroy the “natural” bond between the Nazi leadership and the German people. As Heydrich explained in April 1936, racially conscious Germans must realize that “effective struggle against the enemy must derive from recognition of the fact that all visible, apparent enemies are but the tip of the iceberg of eternal, unchanging dangerous spiritual forces.” The enemies themselves were “eternally the same”: “the Jew, the Freemason, and the politically-oriented cleric.” The “invisible,” submerged, camouflaged ideological wellsprings of these “enemies” lay in the “infectious residue” of “Jewish, liberal and Freemasonic spirit,” modes of thinking (democracy, communism, Christian and liberal individualism) that were outgrowths of allegedly inherited racial characteristics. Only the complete destruction of the “biological sources” of such thinking would eliminate the danger presented by such influences.
Ultimately, “invisible” Jewish opponents were the Jewish people themselves -- as the Nazis defined them -- and those who “thought like Jews”: Communists, liberals, democrats, champions of minority rights, Freemasons, Christian clerics who opposed the regime, Soviet communists, and the U.S. and British leadership classes who opposed the “natural” expansion of Nazi Germany. To be absolutely safe, the Nazis had to destroy the members of the so-called Jewish race, whose genetic makeup created the basis for such thinking, as well as the Slavic and Asiatic leadership classes, whose heredity incorporated a propensity to follow that Jewish leadership."
The term was applied to the process by which the Jews would be eliminated, but in practice the Nazi regime began killing off all peoples not thought to be either racially or politically correct. Eugenics, based on Darwinism, was at the heart of Hitler's goal of developing a master race of Aryan or Nordic people, led by Germany, controlling and conquering the world and cleansing the human race of all "lesser" races. You have to be willfully ignorant not to see and understand this. If you claim to be offended by having the role of Darwinism in the making of the Holocaust exposed, I don't know what to tell you. Is ignorance bliss?
Darwinism is not the only cause of racism, far from it! Racism has existed since long before Darwin was born. I am not claiming that Darwin invented racism. I am claiming that racism is supported by Darwinism. Hitler was a racist. Darwinism provided an excuse for a madman.
Ethnic cleansing/Eugenics is based on Darwinist philosophy. Why are the majority of Planned Parenthood clinics located in or near low-income and minority neighborhoods? Do you think that those who believe in eugenics have given up the fight?
From the notparticularlydistinguishedbutsometimesusefulwikipedia site:
Godwin's Law is often cited in online discussions as a deterrent against the use of arguments in the reductio ad Hitlerum form.
The rule does not make any statement about whether any particular reference or comparison to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis might be appropriate, but only asserts that one arising is increasingly probable. It is precisely because such a comparison or reference may sometimes be appropriate, Godwin has argued that overuse of Nazi and Hitler comparisons should be avoided, because it robs the valid comparisons of their impact. Although in one of its early forms Godwin's Law referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions, the law is now applied to any threaded online discussion: electronic mailing lists, message boards, chat rooms, and more recently blog comment threads and wiki talk pages.
Okay, so often the subject of Hitler is not germane to a discussion. In this case, it is unavoidable. I am not seeking to be unkind but what I am saying is not offensive to those who do not choose to be offended because it is true and historically accurate.
God's LawThe Nazi regime was, indeed, socialist more than conservative and definitely anti-Christian. Darwinist thought as expressed by Hitler's regime was racist and hateful. I suppose if one truly believes that human beings evolved then we would believe that the human race is growing towards something better while outgrowing a form less desirable.
Remember what Goebbels said: "...WE DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THE VIEW THAT ONE SHOULD FEED THE HUNGRY, GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY, OR CLOTHE THE NAKED..."
Now read what God said in Matthew 25:31-40 - "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Let us do some concluding
An impartial observer does not see a continuum of creatures changing from one thing to another. He would expect to see lesser and greater horses. He would expect to see apish men and monkeyish apes and so on down the line...if Darwinist thought were correct. But we have horses and monkeys. We have men and apes. We never see half-cow/half-whale. Nor do we see any humans who are less valuable genetically than other humans.
God made man in His own image. He did not make Jews better or worse than anyone else. He did not make Gypsies better or worse than anyone else. He did not make black or yellow or white men better than anyone else. A follower of God would know better than to fall for the idiotic line of garbage Hitler and his minions believed and spread concerning a master race.
Now Ephesians 2:4-10 - "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Aha! Nothing in here about whether you believe in an old or a young earth. I believe in the Bible as written by the inspiration of God. I believe the Bible teaches things about more than spiritual lessons, I believe it is the first and best history of mankind. Therefore I believe He created in six days. I believe he completely flooded the Earth and wiped out all traces of early civilization after about 2,000 years. I believe all men and women on Earth are descendants of Noah who was descended from Adam. But most of these beliefs are not directly relevant to whether or not I am a born-again believer in Christ.
You know, God began by giving man one law, and man broke it. He gave them ten laws, and they broke them. He gave them a whole long line of laws and requirements and the sacrifices that would allow them to receive forgiveness for the breaking of those laws and the failure to meet those requirements and man not only failed to keep the Law and make the sacrifices but he made a way of appearing to be a Lawkeeper while his heart remained alien to God.
Then God provided the ultimate sacrifice in Jesus Christ and turned it all back to one law again. Man must either trust in Jesus Christ or not. As to whether Jesus could actually take all the sins of the world upon Himself and pay our penalty for sin, He was God in the form of man, but yet still God. Is anything too hard for God? I say only God could be able to pay the penalty for all of mankind and that is why God came to Earth as a man to do it.
God - Powerful enough to cause the Universe. Just enough to demand justice, merciful enough to provide a way for man to escape that justice by satisfying the demand Himself.
James 2:14-19 - "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder."
What is my motivation?
A man can be born again and do evil things. A man can be an atheist and do good things. The Bible says that a believer is not true to God and himself unless he does good rather than evil.
If I am inspired by God to do good, it is a credit and a glory to God. If I do happen to sin, it is something that discredits my God and myself. I am motivated to do good for the sake of God and also because the Spirit of God within me is pleased by right actions. If I obey God and live a life that honors Him the credit belongs to God. Not me.
No one knows what motivates a guy to give to a charity, to help a poor family, to choose to give back money to a cashier when she makes a mistake...if I do something good to make me look good or to make others like me better then I am actually doing it for myself and not for others. Some may be trying to impress people, some may like the feeling that they are a good person by doing good deeds.
Therefore, you cannot tell if a person who is doing good is a Christian or not just by his actions. But you can determine whether his actions are those typical of a Christian. I have no idea if Highboy is going to Heaven or Hell but it sounds like he is because it sounds like he is a born-again believer and not because he goes to church or believes God created all things. If Highboy goes on a homicidal killing spree I would tend to think that he was not actually a believer. Lucky for me, I don't have the responsibility of deciding who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell.
By the way, shame on all Christians who voted for Barack Obama! One of his first orders of business was to okay the funding of baby-killing by the United States Government! Murdering Babies - that is change and hope?