Saturday, September 02, 2006

Evolution and it's discontents.

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today: "Still, we got a kick out of what the Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes called 'the stunning news . . . that CBS would divide contestants on the next 'Survivor' into four tribes based on race.'

Especially amusing is this reaction, reported by the Associated Press:

'The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous,' [New York] City Councilman John Liu said Thursday. 'How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?' . . .

Liu, who is Asian-American, said he was launching a campaign urging CBS to pull the show because it could encourage racial division and promote negative typecasts. He and a coalition of officials, including the council's black, Latino and Asian caucus, planned to rally at City Hall on Friday.

So 'the council's black, Latino and Asian caucus' is upset over a plan to divide people up by race? Talk about the pot calling the kettle African-American!"

I often make the point with students that if evolution is true and there is no God, then racism is not just morally neutral, but actually a key part of the evolution of the species.

I've always subscribed to the Judeo-Christian notion that, unlike other animals, humans are created in God's image and therefore equal in dignity regardless of race. But that's just me.

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