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Friday, November 08, 2013

EIN VOLK, EIN REICH, EIN DARWIN


RELIGION

Kids At Publicly-Funded Texas School Taught That Hitler Based "Master Race" Idea On Theory Of Evolution

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Though textbook publishers whose books are used in state public schools recently won a battle over whether to include evolution in biology texts, at least one publicly-funded charter school is using a textbook teaching kids that Adolf Hitler got his Nazi master-race beliefs from Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

That textbook, paid for with Texas taxpayer dollars, comes from a Christian fundamentalist group which denies that evolution ever happened and believes that the Earth is no more than 6,000 years old.

According to a report in the online magazine Salon, parent Joshua Bass became disturbed when his son, a student at iSchool High School, a charter school in Houston, brought home a textbook with the following passage:

“[Hitler] has written that the Aryan (German) race would be the leader in all human progress. To accomplish that goal, all 'lower races' should either be enslaved or eliminated. Apparently the theory of evolution and its 'survival of the fittest' philosophy had taken root in Hitler's warped mind.”

The phrase “survival of the fittest” was coined by British philosopher Herbert Spencer in 1864. He used it to describe Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection, which states that life forms that are better adapted to their local environments will survive, while others dies out. This process, according to Darwin, leads species to evolve over time.

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