Thoughts on Eugenics

I find it almost ironic and extremely confusing when fundamental theists ask me my opinion on Eugenics.  Especially when the are trying to relate it to Atheism.

Eugenics is the applied science of the bio-social movement which advocates practices that improve the genetic composition of a population, usually a human population.[2][3] It is a social philosophy advocating the improvement of humanhereditary traits through the promotion of higher reproduction of more desired people and traits, and reduced reproduction of less desired people and traits.[4]

And to clarify a frighteningly common mistake: DARWIN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR EUGENICS. Francis Galton is.  It is not the same thing as Natural Selection or Evolution.

In practice, Eugenics is ethnic cleansing. It is tribal slaughter. It is the God of the Bible instructing the murder of entire Pagan tribes, even down to every pregnant woman, to destroy their lineage. It is the stoning, burning and wholesale murder of anyone who disagrees with desirable traits.  It is Nazi Germany. It is Christians being fed to lions. It is Muslims murdering any woman with a streak of independence.  It is Jews refusing to mate with or marry outside their faith.

In other words, if there is anyone practicing Eugenics in today’s society, it is NOT Atheists.   The next time someone asks me my opinion on Eugenics, as an Atheist, I will simply reply:

If God were real, he would be the biggest fan.

While the Israelites were camped at Acacia, some of the men defiled themselves by sleeping with the local Moabite women.  These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, and soon the Israelites were feasting with them and worshiping the gods of Moab.  Before long Israel was joining in the worship of Baal of Peor, causing the LORD’s anger to blaze against his people.  The LORD issued the following command to Moses: “Seize all the ringleaders and execute them before the LORD in broad daylight, so his fierce anger will turn away from the people of Israel.”  So Moses ordered Israel’s judges to execute everyone who had joined in worshiping Baal of Peor.  Just then one of the Israelite men brought a Midianite woman into the camp, right before the eyes of Moses and all the people, as they were weeping at the entrance of the Tabernacle.  When Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest saw this, he jumped up and left the assembly.  Then he took a spear and rushed after the man into his tent. Phinehas thrust the spear all the way through the man’s body and into the woman’s stomach.  So the plague against the Israelites was stopped, but not before 24,000 people had died.  (Numbers 25:1-9 NLT)


Tell me again how evil Atheism is.  How bad Evolution and Natural Selection are.  Eugenics is not “natural”.  It is mass murder and the religious have been practicing it worldwide for thousands of years.


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