Are you familiar with Darwin? His hardcore followers are, but those that are not, or just haven’t read much about him still know of his book, or have heard of it. The interesting part is what you haven’t heard or don’t remember. When mentioning his book it’s usually titled as “On the Origin of Species” and left at that. That is not the entire title. The less often recited is “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.” You may have heard that before. In your mind you may be thinking “Yeah, I think I have heard it like that before, sounds familiar. But…that is not the entire title either. The last part of the title of his book is often left off and one can only guess as to why. The entire title of Darwin’s book is “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.”
Favored races? I’m sure you’ve heard the term “survival of the fittest.” The weaker gives way to the strong. God has something to say to that in “the meek shall inherit the earth.” Polar opposites, God and Darwin, on many things including the very origin of life. But that’s for another day.
What is Eugenics? To put it simply, positive human breeding. That is, to encourage the breeding of stronger, more “fit” humans and to discourage the breeding of weaker, less “fit” humans. The word was coined in 1883 by English scientist Francis Galton (a cousin of Charles Darwin). From Gk. eugenes “well-born, of good stock,” from eu- “good” + genos “birth.” In his book “Inquiries Into Human Faculty And Its Development” he writes “The investigation of human eugenics, that is, of the conditions under which men of a high type are produced.” He is also quoted as saying that eugenics is the “…study of agencies under social control that may improve or impair the racial qualities of future generations, either physically or mentally.”
In the early 20th century two population control movements formed: Eugenics and the birth control movement. Charles Benedict Davenport and other eugenics leaders brought about human sterilization in an attempt to directly alter the type of people allowed to produce offspring. Inferior humans, mostly thought to be the mentally retarded, were forcibly sterilized to prevent the spread of these peoples deemed genetically inferior. The goal was to produce an intellectually superior civilization. Where Davenport felt eugenics was to be empowered to the states, the leader of the birth control movement, Margaret Sanger, felt it was to be empowered to women. She felt women should receive the scientific knowledge to limit their own reproduction. Both movements shared the same foundation in eugenics.
Eugenics was commonly accepted in America and by 1910 organizations such as the Eugenics Record Office (ERO) and American Eugenics Society (AES) were being financed by the Carnegie Institution and Harriman Railroads. Eugenic sterilization laws were being passed by many states and in the 1927 Supreme Court case, Buck vs. Bell, the act of involuntary sterilization in the United States was upheld. From 1927 to 1941 forced sterilizations jumped from 8,000 to more than 38,000 with California and Virginia leading the way in involuntary sterilizations by as late as 1970 with an additional 30,000. On May 2, 2002, Mark Warner of Virginia became the first governor to publicly apologize to the many thousands of people who were sterilized against their will during the eugenics movement in the United States.
1933 could be considered the turning point in Eugenics history. It was in 1933 that the Nazi party seized control of Germany and the Hitler era began. While at first the Nazi party only enacted sterilization laws, it soon progressed into something darker than it already was. In “Mein Kampf” Hitler wrote, “anyone who wants to cure this era, which is inwardly sick and rotten, must first of all summon up the courage to make clear the causes of the disease.” The disease being mental and physical inferiority, the causes being inferior races. On July 14, 1933 the Cabinet passed the Law for the Prevention of Hereditary Diseases in Future Generations. This law, which was to be implemented on January 1, 1934 called for the sterilization of “lives unworthy of life”. These “unworthy lives” included those persons suffering from congenital mental retardation, schizophrenia, manic-depressive insanity, epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea, hereditary blindness, hereditary deafness, grave bodily malformation, and severe alcoholism. To enforce the sterilization laws, Nazi leadership created special “Hereditary Health Courts.” All physicians were legally required to report to the courts anyone they encountered who fell into any of the categories for sterilization. As a result, by 1937 some 225,000 individuals had been sterilized by German authorities, a figure that was roughly ten times the number in the United States. (David, 91) Surprisingly, many eugenic supporters saw the rash tactics of Germany as a threat to the United States eugenic movement. Many began to argue that the United States was in fact sterilizing too few people. In 1934, Joseph S. DeJarnette, a key figure in Virginia eugenics said, “The Germans are beating us at our own game.”*
We all know how far this regime went to bring about a perfect race. This movement both in America and in Germany of positive humankind progression through eugenics is viewed in a different light today. The early 20th century is looked at as a dark era in the scientific community. But what was the root of the problem? What gave people the idea that eugenics was the right thing to do? What was the driving force? It was evolution.
Evolution lays the very foundation for eugenics. The very logo for eugenics shows undeniable proof of this with the slogan “Eugenics is the self direction of human evolution.”
The idea that we’ve all evolved from a common ancestor through natural selection via genetic changes and mutation is at the very heart of it. In our history there are many examples of people groups being considered less evolved, less human, or not even human all together. Darwin himself on his famous ride aboard The Beagle considered the peoples of Galapagos as less than human. Racism thrived under the belief that blacks were a less evolved branch of white humans, pygmies were half men, and aborigines were not human at all. The movie “Australia” paints a picture of how aborigines were treated during the early 20th century. Every leader that has pushed for eugenics as held to the belief of Darwinian evolution. From Hitler to Davenport, the idea of Darwin were evident.
While eugenics is all but dead today, there is still a silent push for population control via interference in breeding. Margaret Sanger’s vision still lives today in Planned Parenthood. A washed, cleaned up, less offensive version of pure eugenics. In 1942 after the Nazi horrors discredited outright eugenics (killing the “unfit” in order to breed a “master race”), the ABCL (American birth control league) was renamed Planned Parenthood. At that time the organization’s affiliates made legal access to unrestricted abortion a high priority. As one medical director stated, “You can’t get adequate fertility control with contraception alone. You have got to grapple with sterilization and abortion.” Therefore, PP began pressuring governments to limit births through incentives and punishments. It also called China’s brutal one-child campaign a “stunning success.” Government entitlement programs currently pay for much of PP’s lucrative business based, in part, on the idea that it will reduce welfare costs by reducing the number of people.*
Planned Parenthood is under the deceptive description of providing quality women’s health care but the truth is abortion rights are at the forefront of Planned Parenthood. While the idea of “self directed human evolution” is not the basis, evolution plays a very important part in PP’s success. Evolutionary ideas have convinced people that babies in the mother’s womb are not yet human, and therefore killing them is morally and even legally acceptable.
In 1868 Ernst Haeckel proposed the idea that embryo went through evolutionary stages and the idea that they showed “gill slits”, this gave rise to the “not human until birth” idea that is prevalent even today. Haeckel produced drawings of these phases and even though his theory was thrown out and his drawings proved to be fakes, these images were still shown in school textbooks as well as college course texts as late as 1990 and the idea of evolutionary stages is still taught even today. Society has been convinced that it’s not human and it’s ok to kill. The truth is that life starts at conception, and the unjustifiable killing of that precious life is murder. PP’s vision of weeding out “less people” may not be verbally spoken, but it’s there. When it was still the ABCL they catered to the welfare population in an attempt to halt its breeding, to better society. Even today, PP caters to the welfare population and inner cities. They’ve changed their name and changed their claim of what they are about, but the process has not change. The target crowd has not changed. The procedures have not changed. To the careful observer, they see no change at all. Planned Parenthood is still eugenics in a friendlier mask.
Our new president promised to usher in a new era of change. He’s done just that. It is because of Obama that our tax dollars will now fund abortions overseas. He’s appointed many members to his administration that are staunch abortion supporters. Just recently his pick for chair of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius was approved. Sebeluis was touted by the president as “a women of unquestionable integrity.” She has close ties with late term abortionist George Tiller, failed to pay taxes, lied about campaign contributions, and vetoed bills that would regulate late term abortions. This is unquestionable integrity?
Also during the campaign Obama said “..are there ways we can work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies?” He touted working together but has yet to nominate one single pro-life member to his administration. And, during his White House Health Care Conference, failed to invite one single pro-life advocate. He also claimed there was a “moral and ethical element to this [abortion] issue,” yet despite that he proposed revoking the conscience rights for medical personal that refused to perform abortions because of moral reasons. This is working together?
Obama’s views on abortion are disturbing. But it’s not surprising when he is also a supporter of evolution. When the question of what his attitude toward the teaching of evolution in public schools was, he answered: “I’m a Christian, and I believe in parents being able to provide children with religious instruction without interference from the state. But I also believe our schools are there to teach worldly knowledge and science. I believe in evolution, and I believe there’s a difference between science and faith. That doesn’t make faith any less important than science. It just means they’re two different things. And I think it’s a mistake to try to cloud the teaching of science with theories that frankly don’t hold up to scientific inquiry.” Why he put “I’m a Christian” at the start of that, I’ll never know. That self proclamation is worthy of question itself. But the part that troubles me is when he said he thinks it’s “a mistake to try to cloud the teaching of science with theories that frankly don’t’ hold up to scientific inquiry.” An admission that science is superior to God.
God’s most precious gift, life, has been mistreated and abused for a long time. Americas early 20th century treated life as something to toy with, instead of something to honor and cherish, with eugenics. Hitler treated life as a means to create a superior race through eugenics. Planned Parenthood treated life as a way to weed out inferior humans through birth control and abortion aimed at, as they see it, lesser people in the welfare community and people in the inner cities. Obama treats life as less than precious and worthy of extermination. All behind the driving force of evolution. Remove God and you remove conscience. Remove conscience and you remove morality, remove morality and anything is permissible. This is the path that evolution leads. This is the path our leaders are taking us. It’s time for a new driving force. It’s time for real change. It’s time for God.