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Monday, April 06, 2009

Blaming Evolution For A Lack Of Parenting Skills…Another Episode Of Scapegoat Theatre

“Complex problems have simple, easy to understand, wrong answers.” - Mencken

I ran across this video, as I was searching for that hoary old chestnut, the ‘evolution breeds killers and suicides’. It’s published by that fatuous Turkish creationist, Harun Yahya AKA Adnan Oktar (yes, that same fellow who’s had many, many problems with the law, even on Sharia turf).
(Note that it can't even seem to spell 'Darwinism' properly.)

Dedicated to Dawkins, it starts out with a mug shot of Jeffrey Dahmer, and regurgitates the old ‘blame evolution for my inability to feel empathy’ crap.

It then proceeds with a Tu Quoque (claiming that evolution is a ‘superstition’ and a ‘religion’, and lays the blame of all our societal ills at the feet of a scientific catalogue of facts.

It also brings up the case of Jesse Kilgore, claiming that Dawkins’ book The God Delusion was the major influence in his suicide (citing of all sources, the less-than-reputable WorldnutDaily). Said video then blathers on with some anecdotal tales about how unspecified religious people were sent spiraling into deep depression. I am put in mind of those ridiculous lawsuits of decades past – do you recall this particular bit of stupidity? Or how about this one? And further idiocies abound – as in the magical thinkers’ aversion to Dungeons And Dragons.

While these are separate topics, they illustrate the point: something as complex as a mental breakdown can’t be pinned on one problem. Dahmer, for instance, was raised in a fundamentalist family atmosphere, and story has it that between the ages of 10 and 15, he became withdrawn, collected dead animal bodies, and even put a dog head on a stake.
I somehow doubt the brief exposure to evolution in a middle school/high school class is likely to trigger incremental psychotic episodes (and seeing as most folks haven’t gone out in droves molesting and cannibalizing young men, I think the causal link here is treading on thin ice).

As to Kilgore: well, at the risk of being brutal, if your kid(s) go(es) out and commit(s) murder and/or suicide based on a book, a song, or even something he/she learned in class, it does boil down to this:

A. You have done a LOUSY job as a parent, and
B. the gene pool is probably better off without them.

And that's my nickel's worth: spend it wisely, or save it for a rainy day.

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