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“World” editor Marvin Olasky expects social Darwinism to figure in next American election

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Marvin Olasky Here (7/15/2011).

For nearly a decade Democrats have sought a religious wedge issue that could separate big chunks of white evangelical voters from their Republican home. Now they’ve found it, and are thrusting at the Social Darwinist/Ayn Rand underbelly of American conservatism.

(Yale professor William Graham Sumner said that “Nature” has placed the downtrodden into a “process of decline and dissolution by which she removes things which have survived their usefulness.” Johns Hopkins professor Simon Newcomb argued that human evolution required the death of today’s “worthless” humans. One problem: People created in God’s image are not “things” and are never “worthless.”)

He decries the unhealthy influence of anti-Christian atheist and social Darwinist Ayn Rand on the conservative party, the Republicans.

More. Thoughts?

"Hector Avalos is an atheist and Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University." LOLWUT? Barb
A great book which includes the problem with Randian conservativism, is Wiker's 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read. He has a chapter on Rand, showing why she is a false conservative. "10 books" is the best introduction and overview of conservative thought I have ever encountered. I recommend it to everyone, whether a conservative who is looking for additional intellectual rigor on their position, or for liberals who want to know what conservatives think. johnnyb
For those who are unaware, Hector Avalos is the 'atheistic' Religious Studies professor who led the witch hunt against Guillermo Gonzalez at Iowa State University; Guillermo Gonzalez & Stephen Meyer on Coral Ridge - video (Part 1) http://www.coralridge.org/medialibrary/default.aspx?mediaID=CRH1118_F Guillermo Gonzalez & Stephen Meyer on Coral Ridge - video (Part 2) http://www.coralridge.org/medialibrary/default.aspx?mediaID=CRH1119_F bornagain77
OT; Unbelievable? Christian Radio has a Richard Weikart vs Hector Avalos debate on this week; Richard Weikart is a Christian and professor of History at California State University. He has drawn controversial conclusions regarding the role of Darwinism in providing a rationale for Hitler's Nazi ideology. Hector Avalos is an atheist and Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University. He disagrees with Weikart, saying that Christian anti-semitism is the more likely explanation for Nazi ideology. http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable bornagain77

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