May 5, 2006 | David F. Coppedge

Doctors Deny Darwin

Doctors and medical professionals may comprise the largest block of scientists with qualms about evolution.  According to a Finkelstein poll, an average of 60% of doctors, depending on religious demographics, reject the completely unguided Darwinian evolutionary explanation for life.  A new organization, Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity (PSSI), has begun a website Doctors Doubting Darwin where medical professionals are invited to sign the following statement:

As medical doctors we are skeptical of the claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the origination and complexity of life and we therefore dissent from Darwinian macroevolution as a viable theory.  This does not imply the endorsement of any alternative theory.

Evolution News had a report on these developments.
    Another doctor raised a strong voice against the fruits of social Darwinism.  Dr. C. Ben Mitchell, writing for Baptist Press, sternly denounced the National Institutes of Health for giving a school $773,000 to “develop guidelines for the use of human subjects in what could be the next frontier in medical technology – genetic enhancement.”  Mitchell says that to all familiar with the horrors of eugenics that led to the Nazi holocaust, and who joined in the chorus “never again,” this is a dangerous development.  After reminding his readers how the original atrocities began with the most benign intentions, he warns, “This grant does not merely cross a moral line in the sand, it uses your tax dollars and mine to demolish a brick wall 10-feet wide, turning it to rubble.  We must protest the use of our tax dollars for genetic enhancement research of any kind.”

How soon we forget.  We must not!  Less than two months ago, Professor Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, President of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), lamented the willing cooperation of doctors and scientists in the Nazi regime:

I must admit that it strikes me as bitter and disturbing that we … at the DFG can find barely a trace of resistance, no outcry against the exclusion of Jewish scientists and their expulsion from universities, not a murmur against the abuse of agriculture and humanities for the criminal purpose of displacement of nations in Eastern Europe, no questioning of the execution or the purpose of medical experiments.  Rather, the radicalisation of science in the service of the Nazi regime was evidently sanctioned without query.

The ability of educated and otherwise rational people to quickly descend into hideous depths of human depravity for the sake of an ideology was shockingly illustrated in a sobering article by John Kekes in City Journal.  He retold the story of Robespierre, dictator during the Terror of the French Revolution, who rationalized unbelievable acts of human violence, cruelty and debauchery in the name of reason and liberty.  Kekes draws parallels with later ideologues of the Communist era, and today’s terrorists, to warn us that we must never assume such things could never happen again.  This article is a must read.  (The contrast with the American Revolution is most instructive.)
    With radical Darwinists pushing the new eugenics on the one side, and radical Muslims pushing terrorism on the other, this is no time for appeasement or apathy.  Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty – and of life.

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