Re: Evolution a Reason for Racism?

From: Robert Schneider <>
Date: Thu Feb 23 2006 - 20:35:43 EST

Dick, are you telling us that there was no population of German Jews who assimilated?

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  From: Dick Fischer
  To: ASA
  Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2006 3:55 PM
  Subject: Evolution a Reason for Racism?

  Hi Ted, you wrote:


  Nevertheless, there is historical reality to their claim that belief in evolution promoted racism and Nazism.


  I know that you have had the opportunity to modify that statement, but let me add something. Hitler did believe in the racial superiority of the Arian race. Being Arian myself, I'm inclined to believe it too :>). But I am disinclined to believe that evolution played a big part in Jewish persecution. Hitler had more readily identifiable causes to stir up hatred for the Jews.


  The Jews living in Germany considered themselves to be Jewish first and to any extent they were "German" was due solely to geographic happenstance. They isolated themselves and maintained their unique Jewish customs and culture while living in a foreign land. This made them readily identifiable and easy targets. Hungarian "gypsies" also were victims of German persecution for largely the same reason.


  Hitler needed a scapegoat to blame for losing WW l, and he sought to reestablish German pride. The Germans had been suffering under reparations levied upon them by the allied powers. Their economy was in shambles, and Hitler gave them a rationale to feel a little better about themselves.


  So, Hitler hit on blaming the losing of the war on the idea that they were sold out at home. While German blood was shed on the battlefields the Jews profiteered on the war and lived in comfort he argued. This argument hit a raw nerve and gave Hitler a rallying cry that helped sweep the Nazi party to power.


  The Jews were rounded up so they couldn't subvert the war effort a second time and you know the rest.


  Dick Fischer

  ~Dick Fischer~ Genesis Proclaimed Association

  Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History
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