Jessa Duggar Blamed Darwin for Holocaust But Should Look in Her Bible Instead

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Move over Kirk Cameron. Reality TV star Jessa Duggar took to Instagram to blame Charles Darwin for the holocaust last week, right before doing the usual right-wing thing and echoing her parents by equating abortion with the holocaust. The fruit clearly doesn’t fall far from the tree:

I walked through the Holocaust Museum again today…very sobering. Millions of innocents denied the most basic and fundamental of all rights-their right to life. One human destroying the life of another deemed ‘less than human.’ Racism, stemming from the evolutionary idea that man came from something less than human; that some people groups are ‘more evolved’ and others ‘less evolved.’ A denying that our Creator-GOD-made us human from the beginning, all of ONE BLOOD and ONE RACE, descendants of Adam. The belief that some human beings are ‘not fit to live.’

Oh where to begin…

Racism does not stem from the theory of evolution. If the Old Testament is right, the Jews loathed the Pagans every bit as much as the Pagans loathed them. The term “Gentile” is not a loving one and “goy” is still used as a pejorative to describe non-Jews.

And if anti-Semitism is to be laid at Darwin’s door, how does she explain Martin Luther’s virulent anti-Semitism. From his book, “The Jews & Their Lies”:

I had made up my mind to write no more either about the Jews or against them. But since I learned that these miserable and accursed people do not cease to lure to themselves even us, that is, the Christians, I have published this little book, so that I might be found among those who opposed such poisonous activities of the Jews who warned the Christians to be on their guard against them. I would not have believed that a Christian could be duped by the Jews into taking their exile and wretchedness upon himself. However, the devil is the god of the world, and wherever God’s word is absent he has an easy task, not only with the weak but also with the strong. May God help us. Amen.

The Duggars are Evangelical Protestants. She owes her religion to the anti-Semitic Martin Luther. But Darwin, who lived three centuries after Luther, is to blame?

The roots of modern anti-Semitism comes straight out of the gospels conservative Christians want us to believe were written as Jesus was hanging there on the cross where those gospels say the Jews put him.

Remember, like Kevin Sorbo told you, the Jews killed Jesus. Christ killers. Darwin didn’t use that term. But Christians have, for nearly 2000 years. Jessa Duggar surely remembers the scene in Matthew 27:24-25 where we read:

When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ he said. ‘It is your responsibility!’ All the people answered, ‘His blood is on us and on our children!’

As Wikipedia reminds us, it wasn’t until “the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) [that] the Roman Catholic Church under Pope Paul VI issued a declaration which repudiated the belief in the collective Jewish guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus.” From 30 CE to 1965 CE. That’s a lot of years of Christian anti-Semitism.

Wikipedia goes on to relate that,

On November 16, 1998, Church Council of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America adopted a resolution prepared by its Consultative Panel on Lutheran-Jewish Relations urging any Lutheran church presenting a Passion Play to adhere to their Guidelines for Lutheran-Jewish Relations, stating that “the New Testament … must not be used as justification for hostility towards present-day Jews,” and that “blame for the death of Jesus should not be attributed to Judaism or the Jewish people.”

The idea that some human beings are not fit to live is certainly as old as humankind, but we can certainly see that idea embedded in the Old Testament, if she would bother to read it. There are copious examples there of those God orders killed because they are not worthy of life. Entire cities of such people, men, women, and children.

But episodes of slaughter aside, even from the perspective of Jewish Law, the Law of Moses – those laws that God himself wrote – we are not murdering infants. The ancient Jews did not count infants as people, let alone fetuses: Leviticus 27:6 puts a monetary value on children, but only when they reach one month of age, and in Numbers 3:15 a census counts only those one month old and above. In the Old Testament, fetuses and children under a month old are not people.

In the Mishnah a fetus becomes a person only when “the greater part of the head” has emerged from the womb and it clearly states that the life of the mother has priority over the life of the fetus.

Furthermore, in Exodus 21:22-25 we are told that if a man accidentally kills a pregnant woman, he is guilty of murder. Tellingly, if only the fetus dies (miscarriage) he is not guilty of murder. The fetus is not a human being in Jewish Law. God (who is said to be the author of this law) nowhere condemns or bans the killing of fetuses.

Previously, the holocaust has been blamed on Paganism, because the Nazis were keen on pagan imagery, but Nazism was not a Pagan revival.

One of the early proponents of this school of thought was Robert George Collingwood (1898-1943), a British historian and philosopher. Though Duggar has probably not heard of him, she echoes many of his sentiments. Collingwood too argued that “the enlightenment’s eclipse of Christianity left western civilization’s liberal democratic tradition impotent and vulnerable to opposing forces and created a spiritual vacuum that was filled by a neo-pagan religion whose worship of human power was the driving force behind fascism and Nazism.”[1]

Collingwood blamed the enlightenment for eradicating Christianity’s influence, which he saw as a positive force in the shaping of western society(!) Christianity, he felt, was the historical ground for our devotion to liberal values, whose byproducts are free speech, the value of the individual, free inquiry concerning politics and scientific questions – all in opposition to the tyranny, oppression, exploitation and robbery of Paganism.[2]

To his credit James Gilman rightly notes that Collingwood “tended to overestimate the meritorious impact of Christianity on modern western civilization and to underestimate its adverse impact” and points to the role of the “deeply rooted tradition of Christian anti-Semitism” and the complicity of both the Protestant and Catholic churches in supporting the Third Reich.[3]

The best witness we can call to the stand against this claim is Hitler himself, who stated:

It seems to me that nothing would be more foolish than to re-establish the worship of Wotan. Our old mythology had ceased to be viable when Christianity implanted itself. Nothing dies unless it is moribund.[4]

Here, Hitler uses Darwinism to kill Paganism. From the horse’s mouth, then.[5]

There is latent anti-Semitism present in all the gospels.[6] This gets worse as we progress through the Synoptics to John, where Jesus does not appear to be Jewish.

In John, Jesus speaks of “the Jews” to his disciples (13.33) as if he is not one of them, and to the High Priest (18.20), Pilate (18.36). When he is speaking directly to other Jews he speaks of “your” Father (6.49) as in “your father Abraham” (8.56) as well as “your” Law *8.17; 10.34; cf. 15.25) which he reinterprets, including saying that circumcision is meaningless compared to his work (7.22-24) and the Sabbath, which Jesus has destroyed (!) in John 5.18.

John’s Jesus could almost be the gun-totin’ White Evangelical Patriot the Religious Right is always talking about.

Anti-Semtism has certainly taken on a life of its own. My father was not particularly religious but he was an anti-Semite, largely because he was brought up to be an anti-Semite. The idea that the Jews control the world’s banking system or are responsible for all the wars are just as deadly as the idea that the Jews killed Jesus, and are essential components of anti-Semitism today.

There can be many reasons for anti-Semitism and sometimes it is seen to exist even where it does not. Susanne Urban writes in the Jewish Political Studies Review that criticizing the Jewish government of Israel is often disguised anti-Semitism, and one certainly can’t equate Jewish actions against the Palestinians, she says, with Nazi actions against the Jews without being an anti-Semite,[7] other favorite tropes of the Religious Right.

The historical record is clear, and this is why conservatives are so anxious to re-write history: The idea that evolution or the Enlightenment had anything to do with anti-Semitism is absurd, as is the claim that abortion can be equated with the holocaust. Ironically, the idea that the Jews deserve what they get is very Biblical, while the idea that fetuses are people is not.

Notes:

[1] James E. Gilman, “R.G. Collingwood and the Religious Sources of Nazism” Journal of the Academy of Religion, 54 (1986), 111-112.
[2] This might come as a surprise to the Pagan Greeks, who practiced democracy, something never practiced in ancient Israel.
[3] Gilman, 125-126: “Ecclesiastical complicity with the National Socialists is well documented and familiar.”
[4] Adolf Hitler. Hitler’s Table Talk. Hugh Trevor Roper, ed. NY: Enigma Books, 2000.
[5] Interestingly, one contemporary Christian assessment of Christianity and National Socialism asserted that “National Socialism cannot be understood unless it is seen ‘as a New Islam, its myth as a new Allah, and Hitler as this new Allah’s prophet.'” See Wilhelm Pauck, “National Socialism and Christianity: Can they be Reconciled?” The Journal of Religion 20 (1940), 15-32. Here too the basic problem of Nazism’s Christian underpinnings is ignored.
[6] John Dominic Crossan, Who Killed Jesus? Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus (San Francsico: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995).
[7] Susanne Urban, “Anti-Semitism in Germany Today: Its Roots and Tendencies.” Jewish Political Studies Review 16:3-4 (Fall 2004).

61 Replies to “Jessa Duggar Blamed Darwin for Holocaust But Should Look in Her Bible Instead”

  1. Pimping the rabid slaughter six million Jews for political points is in rather bad taste. But then, this kind of thing is the very hallmark of FOX-fed DittoHeaded Talibangelical rhetoric, so we needn’t be surprised… only revolted.

  2. Wow, Hrafnkell! You packed a lot into that article. Spot on! Sadly, the Duggar offspring are not the ripest apples in the barrel and did not fall far from the tree. Sad cult mentality at work there. Even if they read your article, probably not a one of them would understand it.

  3. I have often thought that it must be a serious handicap to have an IQ Quotient Number which is less than your shoe size This young woman proves however that it is indeed quite possible LOL I wounder who gets her dressed in the morning?

  4. It’s a sad comment on our popular culture when this twit, whose only accomplishment is coming out of a human clown car, is given airtime/column space. She’s clearly been exposed to only one viewpoint her whole life and never had to think on her own. She’ll soon be working on overpopulating the world with Christo-fascist morons popped from a vaginal cornucopia and relegated to being only a sperm receptacle for her husband.

  5. I wonder how the Duggars feel about war and the death penalty. I suspect they are all for them, just like the other pseudo-Christian Rightwingers.

  6. I knew Hraf couldn’t resist this idiocy. My only question is this. What the eff made this doofus somebody to be listen too?

    What is her claim to fame? Her parents are baby making auto-bots? This is the shame of Amerikkka. No matter how stupid you are you will have a voice.

    Maybe this is how Rome fell

  7. I think it’s funny how the American people continually give so much credence to these “reality stars”. I care what these idiots think because?! They are on tv, so that makes what they say important and correct?! I don’t particularly care about their faith, as I am not religious at all, but the lack of education, and further the disdain for scholarly education, in people like this is ridiculous.

  8. Many years ago an Evangelical organization, I believe it was the Southern Baptist Conference (I could be wrong on this), exhorted their followers to remove their children from public education and homeschool them.

    These Evangelical homeschooled children are isolated and never, ever exposed to any kind of critical thinking. They are taught that it is evil to question their parents and their church.

    This same organization also told their followers to go out and convert Jews to Christianity because that was the only way they [Jews] could get to heaven.

    If you combine the two things, homeschooling and the conversion of jews together, Jessa Duggar and her siblings are the product of what they intended.

    There IS a cultural war being carried out in this country and people like the Duggars and Sorbo are the Christian warriors. We could eventually end up at odds with each other just like the Middle East.

  9. Her ignorance is a calculated effort by the fake christians forcing home schooling.Ignorance will keep the geopigs in office.

  10. My question too! The Duggers and still counting are NOT my cup of tea. These women
    moan when they are not able to have more children (example, Mama Dugger) say, they are following the Bible. But, do they not understand that is was also God’s plan that at a certain age, neither men nor Women will be able to procreate? So men use Viagra ect women use a other methods..
    We must all understand that (MEN)like the Duggers must have quiver full. Even when they are not very intelligent.

  11. She is right. This is the history of secularism. Planned Parent founder Margaret Sanger didn’t want black folks to reproduce, believing that they were an inferior race. The Bible teaches that all people are created in the image of God, and that life at all ages should be protected. Secularism denies the humanity of the unborn, justifying abortion as a mere medical procedure.

  12. That is complete bullshit. Look her up. All that crap was started by the republicans to destroy planned parenthood

    The bible isnt the law. The law says people have the right to choose.

  13. Lately I have heard many so-called “enlightened” evangelicals referring to Muslims as sub-human – I guess humanity is in the eye of the beholder

  14. She gets media time because the dumb and ignorant are validation junkies – they’ll pay good money to see people just as dopey as they are get publicity.

    And the cynics in our media are certainly not adverse to milking this duck.

  15. Are these Palin’s relatives? Who are they? Goy is a Hebrew word used by Jewish people to describe Grntiles, aka, non Jewish people.
    There has been anti Semetic hatred almost from the very start of what was to become the Jewish racd/culture. Racism of any kind existed long before Darwin. Seriously, who is she, and why do the MSM find it important to report on the likes of Joe the Plumber, Trump, Nugent, West, Carson, this girl, Palin, Norris, Woolery, and the Hercules guy?
    They are not elected officials, and what they have to say is irrelevant. If the MSM can can give 15 minutes of fame to these people, then they ought to be able to devote as much time to climate change, ALEC, the Koch Brothers, and how the GOP are trying to violate the civil rights of those they have deemed unworthy to vote.

  16. You didn’t read the article, or you willfully ignored the part where the Old Testament doesn’t count the unborn, or children under a month old, as people. Oh, and all those parts where God orders the Jews to slaughter entire cities full of men, women and children.

    And you say it’s secularists who deny humanity?

  17. Omg…I can’t stand these selfish people rapeing our natural resources overpopulating our lands. Could you imagine in every man and woman was so selfish and had this many offspring? We’d run out of natural resources in the near future..drought, disease, famine due to overpopulation!

  18. It’s true, like it or not. This is why at one time Jesse Jackson was pro-life. He then recognized abortion as not only immoral, but as a threat to the black community.

  19. Yes, it is secularists who deny humanity by calling an unborn child a fetus. Or in the words of a famous Democrat, it’s not a human being but a potential human being. (As if it had the potential to be anything else!) It’s secularists who encourage women to think of abortion in terms of the right to control to their own body, completely disassociating the act of abortion from the person who is aborted.

  20. Isn’t it great that we live in country where parents have the freedom to homeschool their children. And those kids are mercifully spared from secular indoctrination where they’re encouraged to believe in nothing, except that there is no certainty.

  21. And when they leave the cloistered confines of their conservative parents, they soon realize they’ve been educationally shortchanged, and woefully unprepared to accomplish anything of value, reduced to being a Duggar-style baby factory, ready to create another generation of ignorant ideologues.

  22. Anyone can have kids. What kind of person that child turns out to be is where the work comes in. Apparently this family just “makes” the kids, they obviously are uneducated and ignorant..and what? there are 18 more like them just from 1 family?

    This twit is about as experienced in life as a rodent. Why is she even getting publicity?

  23. Hey Greg.
    I have news for you.
    The only certainty is that there is no certainty.
    Now of course the Talibani would disagree, and Christophiles would disagree; but oh my, they can’t agree on what is and what is not certain.

    I suggest you move to Afghanistan and fight it out with them. But for God’s sake, and for ours, leave us the hell alone to worship according to our Light, to raise our children by that same Light, and to recognize that we are the brain-washers and the brain-washed… not those raised in, and living, the secular life.

  24. About as experienced in life as a rodent? Are you kidding me? Do you know how much life experience she is getting by living her life on a daily basis? I come from a family of seven kids, which is no where near 19, but I know that I am getting so much experience by dealing with my siblings. And she has had to deal with a lot being on a reality tv show for a large portion of her life. do you know how much hate that family gets? People saying things like “You do know were children come from, right?” and “How do deal with so many burdens?” Words like those hurt people and I think that gives her some life experience.

  25. “And she has had to deal with a lot being on a reality tv show for a large portion of her life. do you know how much hate that family gets?”

    ITS HER CHOICE to be on “reality tv”..nobody is making her do it. That’s the way she earns her money. Everyone has a stressful job..it’s part of life..didn’t you know that? If her family gets hate mail, then they should stay out of the public eye; but that is their livelihood as long as people watch, so hate mail goes with the territory..suck it up.

  26. Greg, calling it a “fetus” is worse than calling it a “not-person” which is essentially what it is in the Bible? Really?

  27. She deals with what she has brought upon herself. Her family reaps what they sow in divisiveness and venom towards people who don’t agree with their world view.
    I suspect that the entire Duggar fairy tale will implode eventually. The whole thing carries a heavy creep factor.
    This young woman does not appear to have the intellect to critically read her Bible, so we would be better off not putting much credence into her proclamations.

  28. The only claim to fame this family has is breeders. A family of breeders who don’t give a dang about the enviornment and over population. Shame on them for over breeding. All we need is another no nothing who thinks because she reads a bible that is the whole truth and nothing but the truth according to the Duggars the breeders.

  29. There are references in The Bible that support the fact that the unborn baby is formed by God and loved by Him–see Jeremiah, Job, and Psalms. Also, in the Gospel there is reference to the baby in Mary’s womb leaping for joy when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, who was carrying John the Baptist in her womb at the time. Sounds like a human being to me. I think that Jessa’s comparison to the holocaust stems from the fact that many millions of lives have been cut short due to abortions, and lives are lives and murder is murder, and in this respect the two are similar to her. For both liberals and conservatives, This is a free country. If you are free to abort, she is free to tell you what she thinks of it. No, the Duggars are not an authority on anything, but it is the media who reports these things and turns them into punching bags. BTW women and partners have the choice and tools to NOT get pregnant in the first place. That’s the real choice and it can prevent most aborti…

  30. Except one thing. We are not supposed to live by biblical law. It is totally meaningless.

    Dont make the mistake of taking others rights to an opinion away to support another persons opinion.

  31. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. There is a kingdom whose ruler is Yahweh. You should all repent of your blasphemy against the only true God. I’m almost certain most of you will mock what I am saying but in case the Lord may have mercy on some I am telling you all what He says- repent. Believe in Jesus for the remission of sins or you will die in your sins. May God grant you repentance. He is merciful and long suffering. There is forgiveness in the cross of Christ and life in His resurrection.

  32. Nothing to see here, except the standard rehashing of left wing hypocrisy, bigotry, name calling and hate. Another good example of the lie that tries to claim left wingers are tolerant. If they had their way free speech would be a thing of the past. Since they hate the first amendment and they run to a place called Wikipedia for their so called truth.

  33. Yet this entire thread oozes with left wing hate bigotry. The same stuff you whine about coming from others you do so easily and probably don’t even realize it.

  34. Jessa I would say quite emphatically that your ignorance of history and zeal for the un-real is not “fit to live” in any ones mind. Remember people “Divinely inspired means Improperly Wired”

  35. Greg Watson, that fourth vote you received is the result of a low battery in my mouse. That being said, You Greg Watson are a complete IDIOT!

  36. Jason, you believe in a completely fabricated fantasy CREATED BY MAN to control MANKIND! When you have the courage to face this then and only then will you be…”saved”

  37. Ron Walsh, So it’s wrong to be intolerant of Hatred, Bigotry cultivated stupidity and ignorance..It’s wrong in your eyes huh? So you support and defend all of those above.

  38. Ah but sally the Duggars don’t go to war…because they are to busy having children…the death penalty on the other hand is a go…isn’t the leader of their little group a molester….or being charged with that!!!!

  39. “Racism does not stem from the theory of evolution.” That’s true; there were both racism and alternate theories of evolution before Darwin. But the most vigorous form of “scientific racism” was founded on Darwinian evolutionary theory; and in that regard German evolutionary biologists were the undisputed world leaders. In the speech of September 6th, 1938, Hitler clearly rejected both pagan cults and traditional religion while boasting that Nazism was founded on “The greatest of scientific knowledge.” What Hitler was referring to was the German version of eugenics (“racial hygiene”) which was clearly founded on Darwinian Evolution (the founding documents of racial hygiene cite Darwinian evolution profusely). The Nazi Nuremburg Laws, and many other Nazi racial policies of selection and elimination, were based on racial hygiene which was derived by German evolutionary biologists from Darwinian evolutionary biology; not the Bible. OOPS!

  40. Why we try to make a point by tearing someone apart as a person for what they think? To make ourselves feel better than a Duggar? I see no other reason to say degrading things about a person. We can make a statement without tearing someone down. Please consider
    The Duggar faith did not come forth from Martin Luther. And I’m not stupid, I understand what Haraldsson is getting at and the point he wishes to make, but it is incorrect. Christianity began from the man of Jesus Christ, and the people thereafter have taken this man’s values and made it into many different views – some straying far from his original values and some holding closer.
    You cannot look at any human’s thoughts or actions after Jesus and say, that is exactly what Christianity says, without actually studying what the originator said. This is the same with any religion. It’s like trying to know me only through others that know me. You will get to know a lot of correct and incorrect things about me but never me fu…

  41. I appreciate Harraldson’s thoughts but his reasoning on some of his points is flawed from my perspective of looking deep into one’s reasoning – which goes beyond just looking up historical facts. Basically what I am saying is I think this article has been more of an attempt to tear someone and their thoughts down rather than a well reasoned article – though it has that appearance with all its historical facts.

    It is a value to hold your own views and yet be able to step outside of them and deeply consider where someone else is coming from – not just assess them from the little bubble of ourselves. I urge us to do so and I have appreciated hearing the thoughts of many above.

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