Did Your Church Celebrate Evolution Sunday?
February 21, 2007 1:04pm CST
In a previous thread I wrote Easter instead of Evolution. Sorry for the confusion. Did your church celebrate Evolution Sunday? If so, how did they do it? If so,how do you feel about your church honoring Darwin, a well known racist, during Black History Month? Even if you don't go to church, feel free to express your sentiment.
• Puerto Rico
23 Feb 07
Darwin's comments regarding the Turkish nation appeared in the book "The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin", published in 1888. Darwin proposed that by eliminating the "backward races", natural selection would play a role in the development of civilisation, and later said these exact words about the Turkish nation: Darwin: I could show fight on natural selection having done and doing more for the progress of civilization than you seem inclined to admit. Remember what risks the nations of Europe ran, not so many centuries ago of being overwhelmed by the Turks, and how ridiculous such an idea now is! The more civilized so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turkish hollow in the struggle for existence. Looking to the world at no very distant date, what an endless number of lower races will have been eliminated by the higher civilized races throughout the world. Francis Darwin,The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol.1, 1888. New York D. Appleton and Company, p 285-286 Darwin's words about the Turks are still to be found in the Internet pages of these racist enemies of the Turks. Darwin states: At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized 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 in a more civilised state, as we may hope,even than the Caucasian,and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla. Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 2nd ed., New York:A.L.Burt Co., 1874, p. 178
• Puerto Rico
27 Feb 07
Darwin wrote about the extermination of inferior races which I take by your callous and dismissive response means that you aren't a member of the races he spoke of. Figures Insensitive people like yourself who decided to celebrate this fool during Black History month is what makes it an issue. I wonder if you wouldn't mind celebrating a potential terrorist who spoke of the extermination of white Americans on July 4 provided he came up with some great scientific discovery.
• United States
28 Feb 07
I have never heard of evolution Sunday. As far as any church celebrating it during black history month I have several things to say. Have you noticed that we celebrate Presidents day in the same month? Washington owned slaves. Does that make him less of a president or did he contribute less to the country in doing so? The writers of the constitution which protects your right to write this were slave owners. While I will gladly say that the black community did much in the building of this country; I will also say so did everyone else. We don't have an Italian or Irish history month do we? You know what burns me is that in our area children no longer get Columbus day off from school but they get Martin Luther King day. Isn't the man credited with finding the country (ok I know he didn't actually but he is credited with it) deserving of as much honor as MLK? If your church did this and it bothers you so; maybe you need a better church.
• Puerto Rico
1 Mar 07
How about instead of justifying littering because we already see litter around us we work in the opposite direction? Although, Washington possessing slaves pales in comparison to the far reaching effects of the racism spewed by Darwin (see Social Darwinism)many minorities refuse to celebrate him. Do you think the writers of the constitution were interested in protecting the rights of blacks or do you think that maybe blacks acquired such rights in spite of the forefathers? Huh? think about it. With respect to Irish history month or Italian history month, I say why not? Great idea? I know at least in Milwaukee, there is a huge two-week celebration for each ethnic group at the lake front each summer. It's something that they look forward to every year! Interestingly enough, there are some minorities namely Indians and s Hispanics are already protesting Columbus day. They might have a little something to say about that. I don't know.
1 Mar 07
Maildumpster, even though we disagree on some things, I respect your ability to keep good reasoning in your posts. Yes, the bottom line is that what is being celebrated is not the person herself, but his or her legacy to the world. Wether they were racist prlcks or enlightened human rights defenders, their legacy lives above and beyond the mere person behind it. It does not depend on its originator in the slightest.
• Puerto Rico
1 Mar 07
Social Darwinism that's some legacy. Since that doesn't affect you your only focus is only evolution. What about the question I asked you in an earlier post. If a potential terrorist talked about the extermination of white Americans but so happened to come up with some great invention would you use the same justifications? Do you really think Americans would be quick to honor him on let's say July 4th? Shouldn't we according your same reasoning overlook his contempt for Americans and focus on the invention?