This Week in Eugenics!

Wait — eugenics, did you say? Isn’t that a discredited pseudoscience from centuries past, like phrenology?

Well, yes, but eugenics never went away. Despite reaching its bloody culmination in the Nazi era, eugenics is still seductive as a concept to many people, and eugenics-based proposals still crop up in popular culture distressingly often, frequently by people who don’t even realize the historical implications of what they’re suggesting.

Over the last several days I’ve noticed an alarming upswing in eugenics-related incidents and current events, even though none of them were identified as such. And so, to rectify this oversight by the Meme Lords, I present — This Week in Eugenics!

(Note: For the purposes of this article, I’m using the most inclusive definition of the term “eugenics,” covering not just social programs designed to “improve genetic stock,” but also many notions closely related to and derived from eugenics, such as involuntary euthanasia, ethnic cleansing, suppressing birthrates among unwanted groups, mass rape, forced abortions, and killing your opponents en masse as a way of eradicating them from the gene pool.)

 


 

British liberal:Murdering substandard babies is highly recommended

Left-leaning British pundit Virginia Ironside stunned BBC viewers last Sunday when she said on air that she would enthusiastically suffocate any child who was “suffering.” The video really must be seen to be believed:

“If I were a mother of a suffering child — I mean a deeply suffering child — I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face… If it was a child I really loved, who was in agony, I think any good mother would.”

(Make sure to pay close attention to the facial expressions of her shocked fellow guest, the young Reverend Joanna Jepson, who is literally rendered speechless by Ironside’s moral framework.)

Not included in this video clip are additional statements by Ironside earlier in the show which clarify what she means by “suffering”:

But she said there were millions of disabled and unwanted children around the world who were left suffering in institutions.
“To go ahead and have a baby, knowing that you can’t give it some kind of stable upbringing, seems to me to be cruel,” she said.

“If a baby’s going to be born severely disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother.”

I don’t think I need to remind everyone that the Holocaust got its start as a program of “merciful” euthanasia for the disabled:

Forced sterilization in Germany was the forerunner of the systematic killing of the mentally ill and the handicapped. In October 1939, Hitler himself initiated a decree which empowered physicians to grant a “mercy death” to “patients considered incurable according to the best available human judgment of their state of health.”

Virginia Ironside is not alone in her thinking — her “progressive” views are commonplace in Europe and among certain sectors of the American populace. Are these people even aware of their not-so-subconscious dalliance with eugenics?

 


 

After 30 years of forced abortions, China breaks promise to end “one-child policy”

When China instituted its “one-child policy” exactly 30 years ago this month, they vowed that it was temporary and would end after 30 years. Now that the 30 years are up — surprise! — it looks like they won’t be ending it after all:

When China introduced its drastic population controls, officials promised that it would lift them after 30 years – an anniversary which falls this weekend. Aware of the resentment the policy would cause, the government said it was a temporary measure in response to China’s high unemployment and food scarcity.

“In 30 years, when our current extreme population growth eases, we can then adopt a different population policy,” read the announcement from the Communist Party Central Committee.

But today, the one-child policy remains firmly in place and government officials cannot shake the idea that it has played an important role in China’s economic miracle.

With only one child to care for, parents have been able to save more money, enabling banks to make the loans that have funded China’s huge investments in infrastructure.

Meanwhile, officials claim the policy has conserved food and energy and allowed each child better education and healthcare.

“We will continue the one-child policy until at least 2015,” said the National Family Planning Commission earlier this year.

Actually, that whole 2015 business is just a lie too. The government has no plans to ever end the policy:

China: One-child policy will stand

China will not drop its one-child policy, officials say, 30 years after Beijing decreed the population-control measure.

“I, on behalf of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, extend profound gratitude to all, the people in particular, for their support of the national course,” said Li Bin, who leads the commission.

So we will stick to the family-planning policy in the coming decades,” she said over the weekend, according to the state-run China Daily.

Who could have ever suspected that totalitarian “emergency measures” would last indefinitely?

Unprecedented!

 


 

John Holdren remains unashamed about hero-worship of eugenicist

Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren is back in the news again. Over the last week, bloggers and pundits have continued trying to decipher Holdren’s latest euphemism for global warming, “global climate disruption”:

Global warming could be a thing of the past, thanks to the Barack Obama administration.

No, the White House has not single-handedly managed to stop the apparent rising temperature — but it does think the terminology oversimplifies the problem.

According to U.S. science adviser John Holdren, the public should start using the phrase ‘global climate disruption’ because it makes the situation sound more dangerous.

What’s that got to do with eugenics? Nothing directly. The connection comes from my shock that Holdren still walks around proudly declaiming his views, even after my essay from last year exposing Holdren’s close ideological connection to a notorious eugenicist:

John Holdren and Harrison Brown

Lifelong intellectual infatuation with eugenics-minded futurist casts shadow over Science Czar Holdren’s worldview

John Holdren, the Science Czar of the United States, has long expressed an intense admiration — one that bordered on hero-worship — of a man named Harrison Brown, a respected scientist from an earlier generation who spent his later years writing about overpopulation and ecological destruction. In fact, as Holdren has pointed out several times (including very recently), it was Harrison Brown’s most famous book, The Challenge of Man’s Future, which transformed the young Holdren’s personal philosophy and which inspired him to later embark on a career in science and population policy which in many ways mirrored that of his idol Brown.

Holdren’s regard for Brown was so high that in 1986 he edited and co-wrote an homage to Brown entitled Earth and the Human Future: Essays in Honor of Harrison Brown, in which Holdren showers Brown with accolades and unrestrained applause.

At first glance, there’s nothing remarkable or amiss with this picture: one respected scientist giving credit to and paying tribute to another. Happens all the time. Except in this case, something is amiss. Grievously amiss. Because Harrison Brown, whatever good qualities Holdren might have seen in him, was also an unapologetic eugenicist who made horrifying recommendations for “sterilizing the feeble-minded” and other “unfit” substandard humans whom he thought should be “pruned from society.”

You might think that these opinions would disqualify Brown as someone deserving praise in the modern world; but not to John Holdren, it seems — perhaps because Brown’s views (as Holdren himself has stated many times) were the basis of Holdren’s own worldview.

Skim the whole essay for the stomach-churning details. A sampling, with quotes from both Brown and Holdren:

“The feeble-minded, the morons, the dull and backward, and the lower-than-average persons in our society are outbreeding the superior ones at the present time. … Is there anything that can be done to prevent the long-range degeneration of human stock? Unfortunately, at the present time there is little, other than to prevent breeding in persons who present glaring deficiencies clearly dangerous to society and which are known to be of a hereditary nature. Thus we could sterilize or in other ways discourage the mating of the feeble-minded. We could go further and systematically attempt to prune from society, by prohibiting them from breeding, persons suffering from serious inheritable forms of physical defects, such as congenital deafness, dumbness, blindness, or absence of limbs. … A broad eugenics program would have to be formulated which would aid in the establishment of policies that would encourage able and healthy persons to have several offspring and discourage the unfit from breeding at excessive rates.”
— Harrison Brown, in The Challenge of Man’s Future

“Harrison Brown’s most remarkable book, The Challenge of Man’s Future, was published more than three decades ago. By the time I read it as a high school student a few years later, the book had been widely acclaimed…. The Challenge of Man’s Future pulled these interests together for me in a way that transformed my thinking about the world and about the sort of career I wanted to pursue. I have always suspected that I am not the only member of my generation whose aspirations and subsequent career were changed by this book of Harrison Brown’s…. As a demonstration of the power of (and necessity for) an interdisciplinary approach to global problems, the book was a tour de force…. Thirty years after Harrison Brown elaborated these positions, it remains difficult to improve on them as a coherent depiction of the perils and challenges we face. Brown’s accomplishment in writing The Challenge of Man’s Future, of course, was not simply the construction of this sweeping schema for understanding the human predicament; more remarkable was (and is) the combination of logic, thoroughness, clarity, and force with which he marshalled data and argumentation on every element of the problem and on their interconnections. It is a book, in short, that should have reshaped permanently the perceptions of all serious analysts….”
— John Holdren, in Earth and the Human Future: Essays in Honor of Harrison Brown

This man remains the Science Czar of the United States, appointed by Obama. My previous exposés of Holdren (the whole “forced abortions and mass sterilization” thing) were so widely linked that they entered the mainstream consciousness; but to my mind this lesser-known eugenics-related scandal — the connection between Holdren and Harrison Brown — is even more shocking. And yet he blithely jets around the world as a representative of the United States, as if none of this had ever been revealed.

 


 

Michael Savage and Nicholas D. Kristof agree: Let’s do what we can to stop poor people from having babies

Politics makes strange bedfellows. And eugenics makes the strangest bedfellows of all. Two different pundits at opposite ends of the political and personality spectrum — hyper-conservative firebrand Michael Savage, and wishy-washy liberal Nicholas D. Kristof — both published essentially the same opinion this week: That we as a society should do whatever we can to stop poor people from over-breeding.

As you might expect, Savage phrased his recommendations in the bluntest possible terms, whereas Kristof danced around the issue and tried to doll it up:

Michael Savage:

[Savage] also wants to see Norplant, the embedded contraceptive, required for all women on welfare.

“That’s a revolutionary statement,” he admitted. “But should we permit women on welfare to keep knocking out babies to increase their benefits? Only an insane society would permit that.”

Nicholas D. Kristof:

Contraception research just hasn’t received the resources it deserves, so we have state-of-the-art digital cameras and decades-old family planning methods.

The situation is particularly dire in poor countries, where some 215 million women don’t want to get pregnant yet can’t get their hands on modern contraceptives, according to United Nations figures. One result is continued impoverishment and instability for these countries: it’s impossible to fight poverty effectively when birthrates are sky high.

Yet impressive new contraceptive technologies are in trials and should address this problem.

Another new contraceptive that could have far-reaching impact is the Sino-implant (II), a tiny pair of rods inserted just under the skin (typically in the arm) to release hormones. Other implants are widely used, but one great advantage of the Sino-implant is that it can last four or five years and costs $3 a year or less.

Family planning has long been a missing — and underfunded — link in the effort to overcome global poverty. Half a century after the pill, it’s time to make it a priority and treat it as a basic human right for men and women alike around the world.

Kristof isn’t foolish enough to get into Savage-level recommendations for linking contraception and financial aid, but the notion hovers in the background, unspoken. LifeSiteNews.com is, however, unafraid to drag Kristof over the coals for his population-control views.

Neither Savage nor Kristof were likely thinking of their proposals as having anything to do with eugenics — but beware of the law of unintended consequences (or perhaps intended in Savage’s case); once you start dictating to whole classes of people what you think their birthrates should be, it’s a slippery slope to more sinister uses of population control.

 


 

Great news! Blacks use a lot of condoms. No more black babies!

This week Indiana University released the results of the largest nationwide sex survey in nearly 20 years. While the report is chockful of juicy facts (as one might expect with a sex survey), each media outlet struggled to find the one key fact to highlight. Strangely, many of them focused on something unexpected: increased condom usage among ethnic minorities:

National Sex Study: Condom Usage Among Black and Hispanic Men Significantly Higher Than for White Men

…Rates of condom usage among black and Hispanic men were significantly higher than for whites, which might suggest that promoting condom usage and HIV awareness and prevention in black and brown communities is actually working. Now, that’s a pleasant surprise — a public service campaign that is actually working.

While black condom usage was hailed as great news in every MSM story on the subject, the specter of Margaret Sanger loomed, unseen, unacknowledged.

Why Margaret Sanger? Well, it was she who first successfully promoted mass-adoption of contraception in American society. And it was she who, controversially, also held eugenicist views which had a racial tinge, especially in a program she called “The Negro Project” that was designed to encourage blacks to use as much contraception as possible. Why? Well, here’s where the argument begins.

African-American Christian groups are absolutely positive that, as revealed in her writings, Sanger saw contraception as a way to depopulate or eliminate “negroes” from American society. Two quotes are widely cited, and remain, many decades later, the center of a furious controversy.

The first quote comes from a letter Sanger wrote seeking help for her “Negro Project,” a plan to open birth-control clinics in black neighborhoods. Here’s the full quote:

[We propose to] hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. And we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.

Critics read that and say Sanger’s words are clear enough; “we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population” speaks for itself. And you’ll find thousands of Web sites citing this passage as proof that Sanger had nefarious racist goals.

Her organization, Planned Parenthood, however, goes to great lengths to put its own spin on the passage, arguing that what Sanger meant to say was “we do not want [the false rumor] to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” and that this reading is clear from the context.

Adding to the controversy is the fact that Sanger once quoted, apparently with a stamp of approval, a mortifying sentence originally written by W.E.B. DuBois:

The mass of ignorant Negroes still breed carelessly and disastrously, so that the increase among Negroes, even more than the increase among whites, is from that portion of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear their children properly.
— W.E.B. DuBois, Birth Control Review, June 1932. Quoted by Sanger in her proposal for the “Negro Project.”

Is this eugenics-minded quote any less horrifying in that it came from the pen of a black (or at least self-identified black) man? And does Sanger’s clever citation of someone else‘s words to convey her opinion give her plausible deniability? Did she sufficiently distance herself from the racist attitudes implicit in DuBois’ quote?

So: is it good news that blacks are using a lot of condoms and as a result getting pregnant less often? Or is it part of a sinister decades-old eugenics plan, spearheaded by Margaret Sanger, to decrease the number of blacks in America?

Discuss.

 


 

No pressure — we’ll just wipe out everyone who disagrees with us

As already noted in my previous post, the British nonprofit group “10:10″ released an ad this week which depicts the immediate and gory execution of anyone who disagrees with their “global warming” mantra. If you haven’t yet seen the video, it definitely merits a quick view:

After the ad was pulled due to public outrage, many commenters and pundits speculated on the underlying violent tendencies of environmental extremists. But not everyone was ready to discuss the video in genocidal terms; it’s not just that the fantasized executions were bloody and violent, and not just that the “greenies” seem willing to use threats to enforce their will on people. If one looks at fervent mass ideological movements throughout history, whenever they take power, they often do resort to mass killings not just as a way to enforce conformity, but to literally wipe out all dissenters, and by so doing extirpate their worldview from public discourse. Ideological eugenics, let’s call it.

Fantasies can become reality once power is attained. And once the blood starts to flow (or splatter, in this case), it’s hard to stop it.

 


 

Mass Rapes in the Congo

Recently there was another round of mass rapes in the Congo, as part of its interminable civil war.

While much of the media coverage about the incident focused on to what extent the United Nations was or was not to blame for the recent mass rapes, and whether this was an isolated incident or part of a years-long reign of terror, very little discussion has been given to the motivation of the mass-rapists.

Human rights campaigners have tried to drive home the point that mass-rapes are usually not just about sex or about hatred of women, but are rather a component of an ethnic cleansing program; the purpose of the rapes is to impregnate as many victims as possible with babies from outside their ethnic group or culture, and thereby dilute or “wash out” entire societies — a form of negative eugenics. For this reason mass rapes are considered a “crime against humanity,” not just a criminal act.

The recent Congolese mass rapes went mostly uncommented on in the Western world, so the motivation behind them is not clear. But my eugenics sensors detect something evil is afoot in the Congo, and so I include this incident in my list.

 


 

No apologies for call to “kill white babies”: it’s in retaliation for “alligator bait”!

King Shamir Shabazz, the New Black Panther Party madman involved in several race-related scandals, cropped up a few days ago in a new video in which he addresses the critics who decried his previous call for black Americans to “start killing white babies”:

Here’s the transcript of his fresh rant:

Now most of them media blood-suckers lies at Crucifox Jews wanna talk about me killing white babies.”

“Ummm.”

“Well, let me tell you stop jumping up and down like the devils you are, creating negative press to keep our people from joining something black and progressive. Yes, I said if you want freedom, you’re gonna have to deal with this enemy the way he brings it to us.

“Ummm.”

“You cannot tell a slave how to feel under the pressure of white supremacy.”

“That’s right!”

“I’m not a committer of reverse racism, I am a slave.”

“That’s right!”

“Born, brought stolen to the hells of North America. Let’s talk about the little black babies that YOU use as alligator bait.”

The “alligator bait” reference left most viewers scratching their heads in mystification, but it actually comes from any of several 1960s-era racist jokes about “Cajuns” using black babies as “alligator bait” while hunting in the bayou.

Of course, there’s no evidence that anyone ever, in reality, used a black baby as “alligator bait,” but that doesn’t stop King Shamir Shabazz from treating a joke from a Redd Foxx comedy routine as an authoritative source for reliable historical information. And so, in retaliation, he affirms his call to start killing white babies.

And what better place to wrap up This Week in Eugenics!

 


 

21 Responses to “This Week in Eugenics!”

  1. 1Stone K on Oct 7, 2010 at 4:38 am:

    Holy crap…

    That was one long week…

    Keep up the great reporting.

  2. 2Ringo the Gringo on Oct 7, 2010 at 7:44 am:

    I suspect at least part of the intent behind the mass rapes in the Congo is to intentionally spread the AIDS virus by infecting all the women in a certain tribe or village. Rape used as a biological weapon as well as an instrument of terror.

    The level of depravity boggles the mind.

  3. 3Perpetua on Oct 7, 2010 at 8:08 am:

    I think eugenics (as you define it) was a wide spread practice in many cultures including medieval Europe, China, Biblical times in mideast, Islam because women were shunned, possibly even killed, for having children outside of marriage and marriage was controlled by families.

    (And even within marriage In pre-Revolutionary China, it was common for babies to be left to die, there were actually special locations where they were left to die. Also, ancient Greece was like that.)

    The idea that women could have children out of marriage and expect to receive financial support to raise the children is a very recent innovation, isn’t it? The first instance I know of public funding of a mother of an out of wedlock child was in (post revolutionary) France in the 19th century.

    The argument against providing money to married poor with children that we hear expressed by Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the issue of “reducing the surplus population”, ie, let them starve to death of they can’t support themselves.

    It’s my impression that people were expected to control their sexual behavior and not sexually reproduce unless they were in a position to support their children. And those who did not control their sexual behavior were supposed to understand the consequences (rejection by family, poverty, death).

    I know this sounds harsh, but that is my general understanding of history and culture.

  4. 4CattusMagnus on Oct 7, 2010 at 8:56 am:

    I think you’re on to something Ringo. It turns my stomach.

  5. 5Pat B on Oct 7, 2010 at 9:28 am:

    Good post Zombie! Not only does China force women to have abortions, but Americans help pay for them through the U.N. Population Fund.

  6. 6David Krumm on Oct 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm:

    I’m not a eugenicist(1), but we do ourselves a disservice if we call it discredited pseudoscience. Because if we believe that we won’t understand the draw the idea has.

    If you wanted a race of tall humans, and you had the power to make all taller then average humans reproduce excessively, and prevent all shorter humans from reproduceing, you’d get tall humans. There would be side effects, hip dysplasia if the canine breeds are any guide, but you’d get tall humans. That’s sort of possibility is what makes eugenics so alluring.

    The problem with eugenics is A) you have to impose horribly draconian restrictions on a population to manage it, and B) it would be a very very slow process. This is to say, you don’t get a race of super-smart athletes by preventing 10% of your population from having children for 1 generation. You get a race of clever and athletically inclined individuals by preventing 90% of your population from breeding for 10 generations.

    Consequently, eugenics is only undertaken by megalomaniacal people who don’t care at all about what they’re doing to their fellow man. *That’s* what makes it wrong: it’s evil; it’s not impossible.

    (1)I’ve never had the occasion to begin a comment *that* way before. :-)

  7. 7Kevin on Oct 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm:

    I never understand why people say eugenics is ‘discredited science’. That’s entirely not true. It may be evil, cruel, cold-hearted, etc. but it’s hardly discredited science. In fact, it does work. We use its methods every day to get better corn, more flowery azaleas, more productive wheat, faster growing lumber trees, thicker grass… Heck, the list is almost endless.

    Oh wait, David Krumm said what I wanted to.

  8. 8William O. B'Livion on Oct 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm:

    I’m sorry, I don’t understand what is so wrong about making sure people who cannot afford children do not have children.

    IMO we shouldn’t make contraception a condition of federal aid, we should eliminate federal aid.

    But if we’re not going to eliminate federal aid, I don’t see the “eugenics” in insisting that WHILE ON the federal aid (and I would advocate this for state aid programs too, but would concede that each state could do as it chose) women forbear having more children.

    Unless you want to insist that poverty is genetic (you get it from your children?) or that only “inferior” races have children when they can’t afford them.

    Savage is a dick head, but even a blind pig etc. etc.

  9. 9germaninspain on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm:

    @ Ringo – if you use mass rapes to spread AIDS, this means a) your own troops / forces are infected and you will loose them or b) the women raped have AIDS and you risk the health of your troops to loose them. I don´t think there is any mastermind behind these mass rapes. In the best case you could come to the conclusion that the commanders decided to look away. And rape is very common during wars, probably even an integral part of african tribal warfare – make war for plunder and rape. Same happened when the red army entered eastern Germany in 1945, some hundred thousand of german women were raped, in fact this was one of the main nazi arguments to keep the eastern front fighting to the end, no big ideological speeches, just “save the lives of your women and children”.

  10. 10experiencedtraveller on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm:

    Babies (all babies) are assets, never liabilities.

    /Its really not a difficult concept.

  11. 11Daniel Noe on Oct 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm:

    You know the rules: If eugenics develops a bad reputation, call it something else. Problem solved – until Zombie comes poking his nose around doing research, that is.

  12. 12Gork on Oct 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm:

    Let us recognize that the process of natural selection would probably make Eugenics work. The problem is not that it can’t work. The problem is that making it work is nothing short of evil.

  13. 13Bakunin on Oct 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm:

    Of course then there is the Murfreesboro Anti-Mosque crusader conservative Congressional candidate, George Erdel, who expresses his support for the ethnic cleansing of arabs in Israel/Palestine.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k-B5FVJJXI

  14. 14BeukendaalMason on Oct 10, 2010 at 5:47 am:

    Oooo, dat ebil George Erdel… making Bible quotes. How many people has he killed? How many have died due to his speeches? None?!? Egads, we must stop him!!! Of course you are agressively agitating against Muslims, right? Why? Well maybe due to the ethnic cleansings in Saudi Arabia (Christians and Jews), Iraq (Babylonians), Turkey (Christians and Armenians), Northern Cyprus (Cyprians), Egypt (Copts), Sudan (Blacks), Pakistan (Hindus, Sihks, and Christians), Southern Thailand (Buddhists), the “Palestinian Territories” and East Jerusalem (Jews and Christians)… and many, many more. I hope you havent overlooked all of those actual ethnic cleansings (and genocides), have you? Probably…

  15. 15common_sense on Oct 10, 2010 at 10:05 am:

    so tell me, how successful has China been with the one-child policy ? seems to me the population of China HAS DOUBLED since it’s inception. Maybe my math is wrong but I’d think they’d have had a decrease in population if it were really enforced. Or do they have another Mexico in some parallel universe at their southern border ?

    you forgot one more Eugenics story Zonbie, although it’s more of a joke, it still gets passed aroud the internet daily:

    it goes something like: hey, let’s let the libs have gay marriage, in 2 generations there will be no more libs as they’ll have bred themselves out of existence (author unknown)

  16. 16Ken on Oct 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm:

    I’ve mentioned on here time and time again that:

    1) China doesn’t force women to have abortions. In fact, the law specifically states that anyone doing so with be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Are some women forced to do so by shithead officials in podunk backwater villages? Unfortunately, yes. That is NOT, however, official policy and those officials are usually executed when found out. As they damn well should be.

    2) China’s so-called “One Child Policy” is not eugenic in any way, shape, or form (I specificaly remember proving that before on this blog with several different sources, in two different languages). Nor does it even apply to a majority of the Chinese public, only 30%. And, of those 30%, most ignore it completely. In 9 out of 10 cases, if any punitive measures are taken it’s only a fine, which is based on a percentage the income of the mother so as not to be too expensive to pay.

    And before anyone throws this one out there:

    3) China does not require women to get permission from their workplaces to have babies. That is a baldfaced, blatant lie. That did happen in the 1950′s but certainly doesn’t now.

  17. 17tannin on Oct 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm:

    There are numerous examples, and i can think of several here in Canada over the last few years, where loving parents chose to help their children leave a world of extreme pain where there was no hope for a better future. I applaud their bravery; desperate acts based on true love .
    In one case, a farm couple had a daughter who had lived for her 6/7 years of life in terrible physical pain, who could not be given any pain medication, and who the doctors every year ‘tried to help’, with no anaesthetic, with another operation. The young girl was also serverely mentally handicapped. Her Father killed her, and received a 10 year sentence. Her Mother stood by her husband for those ten years, suggesting to me, and most Canadians, that both parents had agreed that his desperate act was the parents final gift of love to their daughter.
    Without ‘modern’ technology, to feed and hydrate the little girl, plus special drugs, she would not have survived the first month. Thus, for those who believe in ‘God’s will’, in the natural course of events, the baby would have died very shortly after birth.
    Bless that man and his wife.

  18. 18Phil on Oct 18, 2010 at 11:08 am:

    My kid goes to a Orthodox Jewish high school, and in the library there was a copy of John Glad’s “Future Human Evolution.” (It was sent by the author to the headmaster, who didn’t look at it. They don’t know each other. It was put into the library carelessly.) The book takes an apologetic tone towards eugenics. I noticed in the footnotes that he quotes David Irving and Norman Finkelstein. Though the book condemned (what he claimed was a minimal) role that eugenics played in the Holocaust, I still felt a bitter taste in my mouth after perusing the book.

    Just thought you might like to know.

  19. 19Daniel Noe on Oct 28, 2010 at 6:48 pm:

    Phil, you didn’t put the book in your mouth did you? :)

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