Evolution a “Criminal Idea” Linked to Nazis, Columbine

I don’t typically blog about things connected to my day job (I teach), but this (referenced earlier here by Mike H.) cannot go unnoticed:

To state Rep. Jerry Bergevin, the horrors of the Columbine school shooting and the atrocities of Nazi Germany are linked by the theory of evolution, and that’s all the evidence he needs to see that New Hampshire’s children shouldn’t be taught that it’s correct.

…”I want the full portrait of evolution and the people who came up with the ideas to be presented. It’s a worldview and it’s godless. Atheism has been tried in various societies, and they’ve been pretty criminal domestically and internationally. The Soviet Union, Cuba, the Nazis, China today: they don’t respect human rights,” he said.

“As a general court we should be concerned with criminal ideas like this and how we are teaching it. . . . Columbine, remember that? They were believers in evolution. That’s evidence right there,” he said.

No comment, other than a reminder that next November there’s an election.

The floor is yours.

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12 Responses to Evolution a “Criminal Idea” Linked to Nazis, Columbine

  1. Rep. Jim Splaine December 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Yes, Dean — an election.  Just 312 Days.  It’s our chance to replace ignorant people who hate with intelligent people who care for others.  

    It’s unfortunate that we have to wait 312 days to make changes at the State House and in Congress, and Leap Year adds 24 hours to that wait.  But the time will come.  

  2. Tully Fitzsimmons December 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    …that you will see this meme repeated among fundy preachers, in “Pulpit Helps” newsletters, at Christian Home Ed workshops, etc: the usual approach is for some rightist wacko to come up with an extreme theory/answer/idea/explanation, and then for everyone to parrot and repeat the meme in order to be seen as ‘one of the faithful.’

    Very, very scary commentary on society..

  3. susanthe December 30, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    Here’s a quote from the Magna Carta that Jerry can include in his anti-science/teaching religion bill:

    If, however, the heir of such a person is under age, his lord is not to have custody of him and his land until he has taken homage from the heir, and after such an heir has been in custody, when he comes of age, namely at twenty-one years old, he is to have his inheritance without relief and without fine, saving that if, whilst under age, he is made a knight, his land will nonetheless remain in the custody of his lords until the aforesaid term.

  4. mevansnh December 30, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    Or have they chosen to be so ignorant?  How do they get elected to office?  Believing in sky monsters is a choice, and not one that belongs in the publicly supported school system.  

  5. cblodg December 30, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    Bergevin is proof positive that not even evolution can fix stupid.

  6. Mike Caulfield December 30, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    “Survey data of religious belief in China is extremely unreliable (Guest 2003; Demerath 2001, 154), with estimates of high degrees of atheism most likely being exaggerations
    (Overmyer 2003; Yang 2004). Figures of between 8 and 14 percent of Chinese people being atheist are probably more accurate (Barrett et al. 2001; O’Brien and Palmer 1993)”

    http://www.pitzer.edu/academic

    Here are the nations that actually top the atheism list:

    1. Sweden (up to 85% non-believer, atheist, agnostic)
    2. Vietnam
    3. Denmark
    4. Norway
    5. Japan
    6. Czech Republic
    7. Finland
    8. France
    9. South Korea
    10. Estonia (up to 49% non-believer, atheist, agnostic)

    As I am sure you can see, these “majority godless” societies are at the heart of what is wrong with the world today. On the whole they also rank high in income equality and low in crime, all of which just shows you how cunning they are.

    • Lucy Edwards December 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

      down with facts.  They should be outlawed.  

  7. elwood December 30, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    the idea include Friar Gregor Mendel and his work at the Augustinian abbey?

    • Dean Barker December 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      I saw a terrific kids documentary on Mendel. Made me interested in learning about science.

      And thanks to Romney not being president then, I was able to watch and enjoy it and learn from it without people pushing cars and drugs and cell phones on me every 7 minutes.

      Had no idea how privileged a world I was in compared to what we’re doing to children today.

  8. tchair December 31, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    Did you get a flu shoot last year ?

    Are you going to get a flu shoot this year?

    WHY?

  9. tchair December 31, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    flu shoot  errr FLU SHOT

    Maybe a flu shot in the future is a flu shoot

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