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Darwinism did not cause the Holocaust.

From the page:
“Hitler had a lot of support in Germany. His horrible bidding was done by millions of ordinary German footsoldiers, and the great majority of them were Christians. Many were Lutheran, and many (like Hitler himself) were Roman Catholic. Very few were atheists, and whatever else Hitler was he most certainly was not an atheist. It is sometimes said that Hitler only pretended to be Catholic, in order to win the Church’s support for his regime. In this he was very largely successful. So, whether or not Hitler was himself a true Catholic (as he often claimed) the Church bears a heavy responsibility for what happened. And Hitler himself used religion to justify his anti-Semitism. For example, here is a typical quotation, from the end of Chapter 2 of Mein Kampf.
Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.

“Hitler didn’t apply NATURAL selection to humans. He was probably even more ignorant of natural selection than Ben Stein evidiently is. Hitler tried to apply ARTIFICIAL selection to humans, and there is nothing specifically Darwinian about artificial selection. It has been familiar to farmers, gardeners, horse trainers, dog breeders, pigeon fanciers and many others for centuries, even millennia. Everybody knew about artificial selection, and Hitler was no exception. What was unique about Darwin was his idea of NATURAL selection; and Hitler’s eugenic policies had nothing to do with natural selection.”

This is in response to someone taken in by Ben Stein’s ridiculous movie, Expelled

Further reading:
Expelled Exposed
Hitler was a Christian

I’m sick and tired of Creationists wailing about “no one listens to us!” when 78.5% of the American population identify themselves as Christian and the number of American Jews is at 6.4 million, or approximately 2.1% of the total population.

So you’re telling me that over 80% of Americans believe in Creationism but no one listens to your drivel? Obviously someone has… unfortunate as that may be.

Just can't get enough of that song!
SFGate's music critic, Joel Selvin, wrote a great little article about Eddie Vedder going on a solo tour without the band for the first time. The glowing review of Vedder's performance at Berkeley is the kind of thing that could make made a true fan's eyes tear up a little.
“So earnest it almost hurts, Vedder sampled his “Into the Wild” soundtrack, some Pearl Jam songs, favorites from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and others, in a sprawling, accomplished two-and-a-half-hour concert for an exuberant crowd that gobbled up the precious tickets as soon as they went on sale.” Oh man, I so wish I could have been there.
Thanks for the linkage, Mike O.
BTW, the soundtrack is powerful, and like everything Vedder touches, artistically golden. The movie was pretty cool too, though I haven't finished the book yet. I read several books at once.