“Creationists,” biologist Ken Miller, told a large, receptive audience at the University of Kansas last night, “are shooting at the wrong target.”
Showing a slide of the cover art of “The Lie,” an anti-evolution tract by Ken Ham, that prominently features a serpent tempting us with a poisoned apple labeled evolution, Miller said creationists mistakenly take aim at Darwin’s theory because they believe science to be anti-religious.
Evolution isn’t anti-religious, said Miller. Rather, it’s the non-scientific philosophical interpretations some humanists, such as Richard Dawkins, draw from the evidence that challenges the role of religion.
In inter-war Germany, there was plenty of racism around, as we all know too well. But although it was most spectacularly applied against Jews, other minority groups, mainly Poles, didn’t escape it. In fact, while Jews were regarded as bloodsucking parasites, Polish immigrants were regarded as filthy and foreign.
Hence, many German Jews, who possessed no particular Jewish identity, had no trouble dissociating themselves from Poles, and in particular supported immigrant restrictions. Walther Rathenau, a leading German Jewish politician in the late 1910s and early 1920s who supported assimilation, would always say that he was just German and that he supported rights for Germans, not Poles. The right-wing extremists who murdered him in 1922 for being an uppity Jew apparently didn’t care that he was an assimilationist.
Miller comes off as just another Rathenau, as someone who is so mired in his own brand of fanaticism that he’ll happily sacrifice atheists on the altar of acceptance among conservative Christians.