Dennis Mangan has described Tanstaafl’s suggestion that “Lawrence Auster’s opposition to Darwinism” is “rooted in his Jewishness” as a “logical absurdity.” In other words, the idea is so prima facie ridiculous (Darwinism is “bad for the Jews”) that it is unworthy of comment. Per Auster, it is something only Jew-hating crazies could believe. Really?
Mr. Mangan obviously hasn’t done his reseach. A simple Google seach turns up thousands of results of Jews and fundamentalist Christians linking Darwinism to Hitler, National Socialism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. Consider this WND article: Rabbi defends show linking Darwin, Hitler about a Coral Ridge Ministries production called “Darwin’s Deadly Legacy”.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, founder of Toward Tradition, tells us, “This dazzling production shows how ideas always have consequences, often unintended, and how Darwinism has impacted American culture,” Lapin wrote. “It discusses how the philosophy of evolution can dehumanize people and how Adolf Hitler, on his own admission, was influenced by Darwinian thought.”
In other words, Darwinism must be opposed because of its consequences for Judaism and Christianity, not on its merits as a scientific theory. This tripe is actually standard fare among conservative Jews, evangelical Christians, and followers of the so-called Intelligent Design movement.
Mangan has obviously never read Richard Weikart’s book, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany. The Discovery Institute, the hub of the intelligent design movement, provided “crucial funding” for the book’s research.
Auster is a well known traveller in all three circles. But to someone of Dennis Mangan’s way of thinking, it is absurd to suggest that say, an organization like AnswersInGenesis could be motivated by a fundamentalist version of Christianity as opposed to the weight of the evidence in their fanatical opposition to Darwinism.