Recently Richard Dawkins—one of the three living “Four Horsemen” of New Atheism—found himself in cultural hot water when he tweeted this from his twitter account:
Shortly after this, he took the tweet down due to the immediate backlash that came flooding in—which he was surprised about—on social media. After this, he decided it would be a good idea to “apologize” for his statement, so he wrote this for “clarification”:
Obviously the choice would be yours. For what it’s worth, my own choice would be to abort the Down fetus and, assuming you want a baby at all, try again. Given a free choice of having an early abortion or deliberately bringing a Down child into the world, I think the moral and sensible choice would be to abort. And, indeed, that is what the great majority of women, in America and especially in Europe, actually do.
Now, to those of us that are paying attention, this should sound quite familiar. Need help? How about this enlightening paragraph from none other than Mr. Evolution himself, Charles Darwin:
With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilised 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 civilised 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 any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.
-The Descent of Man
Oh, and what happens if someone who actually believes this stuff, who really does think that this is moral and sensible—yes, please do re-read the Dawkins quote—finds himself in power? You know where I’m going. Here is a quote from Adolf Hitler:
Sparta must be regarded as the first völkisch state. The exposure of the sick, weak, deformed children, in short, their destruction, was more decent and in truth a thousand times more human than the wretched insanity of our day which preserves the most pathological subject.
Did you catch that? The more decent and more human thing is not, as most humane people would argue, caring for the sick, the weak, and the deformed. Not according to Hitler. Instead the more decent and more human thing is to implement their destruction.
So, where does this leave us? What do Dawkins, Darwin, and Hitler have in common? The same twisted, evil worldview. What is the difference, then, between Dawkins, Darwin, and Hitler?
Nothing but power.
You have been warned. And if you think Dawkins is an anomaly, you’ve got another thing coming.