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Stein blames wrong scientists?

Obviously Expelled is a propaganda piece adding pseudohistory to the pseudoscience of intelligent design. But as Orac points out, if Stein actually wanted to slur scientists for inspiring the Holocaust, there’s a far strong case to attack Pasteur and Koch for inspiring Hitler.

In fact, it has been seriously argued that the Holocaust was based on not evolution, but concepts of immunology

Hitler never explicitly likened himself to Charles Darwin. At least, if he did there is no record of it. Indeed, I challenge Ben Stein to show me an example where Hitler ever likened himself to Darwin. But he did explicitily liken himself to Robert Koch! (That evil atheistic baby-killer! Who knew?) In fact, Hitler even went one step further:

At Hitler’s table talk on 22 February 1942, the following statement was recorded:

It is one of the greatest revolutions there has ever been in the world. The Jew will be identified! The same fight that Pasteur and Koch had to fight must be led by us today. Innumerable sicknesses have their origin in one bacillus: the Jew! Japan would also have got them if it had remained open any longer to the Jew. We will get well when we eliminate the Jew.

If the Expellers actually believed that the science that inspired Hitler was to blame for the Holocaust, they should be attacking Koch and Pasteur. But that wouldn’t work – Pasteur’s name is on your milk. And immunology – well, far fewer people take issue with the germ theory of disease (even though, of course, it directly contradicts the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry). Evolution, which clashes with a couple lines at the start of Genesis, is “the enemy”. I suppose it’s harder to demonise something that’s that obviously important to your everyday life.


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