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Popular businessman Pradeep Samtami dies

first_imgGolden Arrow of Achievement awardee Pradeep Samtami died on Monday after being ill for some time.Samtami was the owner of the Bhagwan’s Stores on Regent and Water Streets, Georgetown and was also a cultural icon, philanthropist, and producer.He recently had two pre-Diwali shows and was one of the featured judges of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha’s annual Diwali motorcade, which was held Monday night.Following his passing, many persons took to social media to express their shock and offer condolences to his family as they mourn the loss of a true Guyanese patriot.Samtami, a legendary cinema owner from 1975 to 2007, was the proprietor of the famous Liberty Cinema on Vlissengen Road and Garnett Street, Kitty. He was also the producer of “Rainbow Rani” – an internationally acclaimed movie produced in Guyana.last_img read more

Blow for Arsenal? Top transfer target tracked by Barcelona

first_img1 Germany star Lars Bender Arsenal target Lars Bender is being tracked by Spanish giants Barcelona.The Bayer Leverkusen man has watched his reputation steadily climb since he left Bayern Munich for more first-team opportunities in 2009.The defensive midfielder – the exact sort of player large sections of Arsenal fans believe the club is crying out for – has been impressive once again this season, helping his side up to sixth in the table.The 25-year-old, whose twin brother Sven plays for Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund, has been repeatedly watched by Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.Leverkusen are well aware they have a star in their ranks and have tied the anchorman down to a long-term deal until 2019 so any transfer fee would have to start at around £25m.last_img

Chelsea 2-0 Porto: Willian shines again as Blues cruise into the Champions League round of 16

first_imgChelsea provided manager Jose Mourinho a stay of execution as they ran out convincing winners against Porto to finish as Group G winners.Ivan Marcano scored an own goal after good work from Diego Costa in the first half to get the Blues on their way at Stamford Bridge.Willian bagged the second to wrap up the victory midway through the second half as Chelsea cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League.However, Porto, who began the evening at the top of Group G, will be playing their European football on Thursday nights in the Europa League after Dynamo Kiev beat Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-0.Costa began with his usual fired up look and despite that usually meaning he is looking for a fight, he managed to channel it into a goal after only 12 minutes of the game.The Spaniard raced clear of the Porto defence before firing at Iker Casillas, whose save rebounded against the unfortunate Marcano before making its way to the goal.Maicon thought he had managed to retreat quickly enough to clear the ball before it crossed the line but the goal was (correctly) given by the official behind the goal.However, Costa showed his other side a few minutes later when he deliberately tripped up Casillias before immediately apologising, almost as if subconsciously looking to pick a fight.Oscar nearly doubled the lead midway through the half after a lovely move involving Costa and Willian, but the Brazilian’s shot was deflected inches wide of the upright.Seven minutes into the second half and Willian, arguably the only positive from a so-far dismal season for the Blues, doubled the lead.Costa squared the ball to Hazard, who in turn slipped in Willian before the Brazilian slammed home a low shot inside the near post.Porto finally kicked into gear and began to press, as the realisation that they were about to be eliminated from the Champions League kicked in.And they would have got a certain goal if not for Branislav Ivanovic using his head to deflect Yacine Brahimi’s shot just wide.Costa fluffed his chance to get a third and end the match as a contest but he dithered for long enough to allow Danilo to get back and recover.But it didn’t matter as Chelsea stayed in the competition – something which will relieve some of the pressure on Mourinho’s shoulders. Willian 1last_img read more

Man United transfer news: Defender heading for the exit, Pogba latest and more

first_img 5 Paul Pogba – Contrary to reports, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has not set a deadline for Manchester United to sign the Frenchman from Juventus, say the Manchester Evening News. All parties want the deal concluded quickly one way or another, with Mourinho targeting Blaise Matuidi should Pogba not join the Red Devils. 5 5 Marcos Rojo – click the arrow, right, to see more Manchester United transfer rumours – Rojo could be on his way out of Old Trafford on loan, according to the Mail on Sunday. Mourinho has already brought in centre back Eric Bailly which has put Rojo’s position under threat and LaLiga side Villarreal are ready to take the Argentine if his wages fit their budget. Kostas Manolas – Roma have slapped a £37.6m price tag on centre back Kostas Manolas to try and ward off interest from Manchester United. Goal.com report the Serie A side are reluctant to sell the Greece international after a series of injuries to the likes of Antonio Rudiger but Chelsea and Arsenal are also interested. Fabinho – Mourinho is looking to exploit his relationship with his agent Jorge Mendes to bring Monaco’s right back Fabinho, say the Sun. The Brazilian shares an agent with Mourinho and United are lining up a £22m move for the 22-year-old. 5 Jose Mourinho got his first look at his Manchester United squad as the Red Devils marched out 2-0 winners against Wigan in a friendly match on Saturday.Youngsters Will Keane and Andreas Pereira got the goals but there were starts for new signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly.And there could be more to come as Mourinho looks to add that elusive fourth signing he spoke of during his unveiling as United manager.There could also be players on their way out of the club as new manager saw how his side performed in a match day situation.Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest transfer rumours about the latest ins and outs at Old Trafford. Jesse Lingard – Lingard has received a boost as Mourinho looks to keep the youngsters that starred last season in a more prominent role. The 23-year-old is in talks over a new £40,000-a-week deal, report the Sunday Mirror. 5last_img read more

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM IS DIFFICULT BUT DOABLE – McHUGH

first_imgFine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has made a direct pitch to the group of American legislators who now hold the key to the futures of 50,000 Irish citizens who live in the USA without documentation.Joe McHugh TDThe Immigration Reform Bill 2013 has been passed by the Democrat controlled US Senate, and is now before the US House of Representatives, where the Republican Party holds a parliamentary majority.Boston College and the US State Department brought Deputy McHugh and eleven other policy makers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to Boston and Washington DC in September to contribute to the Joined-up and Crosscutting Thinking in Policy Development Programme. Whilst in Boston and Washington, Deputy McHugh met with immigration reform advocacy groups and with a number of Congressmen and American political leaders to push for visa status for Irish citizens who are undocumented in America.Deputy McHugh said: ‘The US Senate has passed the Immigration Reform 2013 Bill, which offers visa status to immigrants who live in the USA without documentation.“The legislation will become law if it is passed by the US House of Representatives and then signed by President Obama. President Obama has indicated that he will sign the Bill, so its enactment now relies on the House of Representatives, which has a Republican Party majority.“Members of the House of Representatives now hold the key to the futures of 50,000 Irish citizens who live in the USA without documentation, 12,000 of whom live in the greater Boston area. Enactment of this legislation would enable undocumented Irish citizens to return home to visit loved ones, without fear of not being able to get back into the USA’. Deputy McHugh pointed out that deportation of the 11 million people who live illegally in the USA would cost the American taxpayers $285 billion.“I emphasised this point to Congressmen whom I met in Boston and Washington DC earlier this month, including Congressman Kevin Brady (Republican, Texas), Chairperson of the Congress Joint Economic Committee, who described the immigration reform legislation as ‘difficult but doable’. I also emphasised the increased contribution that the 50,000 affected Irish immigrants would be able to make to America, were they to be granted visa status.“I will continue to engage with the legislators whom I met about this Immigration Reform Bill, and this week I have written to 41 key Republic Congressmen, to emphasise the benefits for America of enacting the new law.“I have also raised the matter in the Dáil this week with An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, who is making a strong case for reform on behalf of the Irish Government.” AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM IS DIFFICULT BUT DOABLE – McHUGH was last modified: September 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Joe McHughUS Immigration Reformlast_img read more

JURY FAILS TO REACH VERDICT IN WEST DONEGAL SEX ASSAULT CASE

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A jury in the case of a West Donegal man charged with sexually assaulting a boy just days after they met while bagging turf has failed to reach a verdict.A two day trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court failed to come to a decision when the jury said they could not decide on a verdict.The jury of twelve, nine men and three women, returned after 6.30pm this evening after deliberating for more than two hours. The foreman first returned and said they could not reach a unanimous verdict and later returned to say they could not agree on a verdict.Judge John O’Hagan discharged the jury and released the accused on continuing bail.The Director of Public Prosecutions will now decide on the future of the case.The court heard how a teenager who helped bag turf for three days claimed he was sexually assaulted by an older man he had met while working in the bog.The youth, who was 15 at the time of the alleged attack, said he was assaulted after being asked to fix a wardrobe at the man’s home.The teenager, now 17, claims the accused called him and asked him to come to his home and fix a wardrobe and that he would pay him.When he got to the house on April 30th, 2009, the accused man’s mother and friend were leaving to go and get groceries.When the teenager went to the bedroom to try and fix the wardrobe, he heard somebody breathing behind him.He then claims the man pulled down his trousers and pushed him onto the bed.After he landed on the bed, the alleged attacker then pulled down his own trousers and tried to rape the teenager.“He tried to stick it in my bum cheeks. I was trying to get him off me but he was too strong for me,” said the youth.He then claims the 43 year old man then turned him around on the bed and performed oral sex on him for a short time.The teenager, who gave evidence by videolink, then claimed he broke free and went outside the man’s house and punched his fist against the wall.He later told a guest of the accused what had happened.He said he had to report the matter to the Gardai but the accused said he didn’t want to and just wanted it all to go away.The man said: “I knew by the look of him that something had happened. He was like a rabbit in the headlights.”The teenager eventually told his father and the other man said he was very relieved.However barrister for the accused, Peter Nolan, said was it not the case that the incident had simply snowballed and that he had made it all up.He alleged that the teenager was actually caught by the accused masturbating in his hallway and was left feeling very embarrassed.He also referred to different doctor’s reports which completely contradicted the evidence given by the alleged victim.Summing up prosecuting barrister Ms Patricia McLaughlin said there was no animosity between the two men so why would he make all these claims up.However defence barrister Peter Nolan said there were just too many inconsistencies in the teenager’s evidence to secure a safe conviction beyond reasonable doubt.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comJURY FAILS TO REACH VERDICT IN WEST DONEGAL SEX ASSAULT CASE was last modified: November 10th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Circuit Courtsexual assaultWest Donegallast_img read more

Target profits up but miss estimates

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – Discount retailer Target Corp. said first-quarter profits rose 12 percent, but the results narrowly missed Wall Street estimates and its shares fell 4 percent. Investors were spooked as profit margins shrank and selling and administrative expenses rose faster than sales. Target, the nation’s second-largest discounter behind Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said it earned $554 million, or 63 cents per share, for the quarter ended April 29, up from $494 million, or 55 cents per share, during the same period last year. The latest results were a penny a share below the estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Financial. First-quarter revenue rose 12.1 percent, to $12.86 billion from $11.5 billion a year ago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBut selling, general and administrative expenses grew 15.3 percent, to almost $2.9 billion. That can make investors nervous because it suggests that a company might be spending more on advertising and salaries to attract the same sales dollars. Chief Financial Officer Doug Scovanner said the extra expense was because Target opened three distribution centers during the quarter and remodeled more stores than usual. And he said Target’s gross margin for the full year is likely to be as good as last year’s 31.9 percent of sales, or better. He maintained Target’s guidance for the year, saying analyst estimates that it would earn 69 cents per share for the second quarter and $3.11 for the full year “appear reasonable, given our current outlook.” “On balance, our first-quarter performance gives me even greater confidence than 90 days ago in our ability to generate a mid-teen percentage increase in 2006 earnings per share,” he said. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were expecting earnings per share for the year of $3.12. Target shares fell $2.19, or 4 percent, to close at $50.02 on the New York Stock Exchange – up from $48.10 earlier in the day, which was at the bottom of its range over the past year. It wasn’t exactly a terrible quarter. Target said profits grew on the strength of store revenue and contributions from its credit card business, which added $162 million to earnings before taxes, which was an increase of $60 million, or almost 60 percent, from the same period last year. Target said its credit card profits grew because of higher interest income and the short-term benefit of expenses for bad debts because many people rushed to file for bankruptcy before the rules changed last fall.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Seven Bulldogs Named to Academic All-PFL Teams

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Drake University football team had seven student-athletes selected to the 2017 Academic All-PFL teams, the league office announced Wednesday. Sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Bacon and senior running back Brock Reichardt made their first appearance on the first-team list. Bacon, who started all 11 games at right tackle, maintains a 3.93 GPA as an actuarial science major. Reichardt is a biochemistry and molecular biology major with a 3.80 GPA and led the Bulldogs in rushing with 504 yards and five touchdowns on 121 carries.Three Bulldogs were listed on the Academic All-PFL second team with tight end Connor Ostrander, linebacker Mike Maize, and defensive lineman Peter Read each being named to the team. Ostrander owns a 3.68 GPA as a finance and accounting major and ranked second on the team with four receiving touchdowns. Maize received All-PFL second-team honors earlier this week and holds a 3.50 GPA as an elementary education major. Read is a health science major with a 3.84 GPA and registered 34 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.The Academic All-PFL teams are a complement to the Capital One Academic All-America® program presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Fifteen PFL student-athletes were named to their respective Capital One Academic All-District Teams® this fall.Pioneer Football League athletic directors established the Academic All-PFL squads in 1993 as a way to recognize the league’s outstanding student-athletes. To be eligible for Academic All-PFL consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and reached their second season both athletically and academically at his current institution.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img For the second-straight year, senior Nathan Clayberg and fifth-year senior Tanner Evans earned first team honors. Clayberg is a finance and accounting major with a 3.82 grade point average and was named first team All-PFL earlier this week after recording 44 tackles with five tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Evans, who was also selected first team All-PFL, owns a 3.79 GPA as a finance and politics major. He led the Bulldogs and ranked third in the PFL with six sacks. Last month, Clayberg and Evans both were named first team CoSIDA Academic All-District.last_img read more

VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU JUST WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE

first_imgVOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL: We had another superb weekend’s entertainment at Voodoo Venue – Donegal’s No 1 nightspot.At Voodoo revellers have the opportunity of sampling the sounds of Voodoo Lounge, Voodoo Club and Voodoo Vintage, that diversity which caters for all ages is what ultimately makes Voodoo Venue so unique in the entertainment industry. Every week Voodoo in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving ONE lucky reader that has been pictured enjoying themselves at Voodoo the chance to win FREE entry for FOUR and a bottle of CHAMPAGNE on their next visit to Voodoo.It’s simple – if you’re face is circled in the images above then you’ve WON.Simply contact Voodoo via their Facebook page to claim your prize NOW.VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU JUST WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE was last modified: May 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Entertainmenthomepage featuresnewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

Eugenics Documentary Opens at Holocaust Museum

first_imgMichael Ollove at the Baltimore Sun reports on a new exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Museum entitled Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race.  The exhibit shows a 1937 Nazi propaganda film that invokes the law of natural selection as support for weeding out the unfit.  Ollove writes,The narrator declares that “we humans have sinned terribly against [the] laws of natural selection,” by coddling the genetically impaired and, even worse, by allowing them to reproduce, duplicating their defects in a new legion of offspring.  “We have not only sustained unworthy life,” he decries, “we have allowed it to multiply.”The title of the 1937 film is Victims of the Past, a reference to the idea in the disgraced genetic field of eugenics that illness, disability and delinquency were passed without deviation, gene by gene, from one generation to the next.  The film was a piece of Nazi propaganda, required showing in German theaters in support of the nation’s program for the compulsory sterilization of the “genetically unfit” to choke off undesirable human traits – and undesirable human beings.Ollove says that eugenics led directly to the holocaust: “Ultimately, the Third Reich arrived at a more comprehensive solution than sterilization, one that it would also choose for other ‘biological’ enemies, including Jews, Gypsies and other ‘inferior’ races: extermination.”Reviewing the displays, Ollove says “the exhibition stands as a frightening warning of where the corrupted use of science can lead.”  The marriage of eugenics with the Third Reich was “a marriage made in hell,” he says, and “lent Nazi ideology a whiff of scientific authority.”Francis Galton, the father of eugenics, was Charles Darwin’s cousin and an admirer of his famous relative’s evolutionary theory.  Janet Browne, in her biography Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (Princeton, 2002) made it clear that racism was a common fault of many British scientists, and was shared not only by Galton, but by Darwin and many of his defenders: Huxley, Haeckel and many others.  Charles Darwin himself believed that the white-skinned Europeans with their superior intelligence would eventually exterminate the “lower” races.Who was Hitler to stand in the way of the laws of nature?  The Reich took enthusiastic note of the work of eugenicists.  Ollove writes, “After Hitler took power, the eugenicists achieved an unparalleled primacy, the envy of counterparts elsewhere in the world.  Many were appointed to key positions at scientific institutions and received research funding.  Their critics were silenced, while their views were furthered in state propaganda and official policy.”  Yet Germany was not alone in supporting eugenics.  The United States passed forced sterilization laws even before Germany did, beginning in 1907 (see this book review by the NCPA).Ollove next describes the slippery slope that began with euthanizing children, to killing adults, and led to all the horrors with which we have become familiar from newsreels made after the war.  Just a dirty chapter in history, a shocking museum exhibit?  Ollove warns that “the exhibit’s continued relevance is unmistakable as present-day bioethicists wrestle with the policy implications of startling genetic research and the possibilities it presents.”  Already, genetic screening, the desire to breed super-athletes or super-intelligent children, sex selection and the rising costs of health care are creating pressures to weed out the unfit or “undesirable.”What is the lesson of this exhibit?  He concludes, “The underlying issue inevitably bears on the question of the worth of individuals, a question for which both German eugenicists and the Nazis believed they had answers.”  Their answers often leaned on the writings of Darwin, Haeckel, and Galton.See also a new book by Dr. Richard Weikart (UC Stanislaus), From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (Palgrave McMillan, 2004).  The author shows in this book that “Hitler built his view of ethics on Darwinian principles.”Darwinists hate it when outsiders try to link evolutionary theory with the holocaust.  Their response is usually two-fold: (1) science, and evolutionary theory in particular, has nothing to do with how it is used (after all, benign nuclear physics led to the atomic bomb), and (2) Christians have been guilty of atrocities, too: why, passages in the Bible could be, and were, used to justify anti-Semitism, slavery, and genocide.  Go read Ollove’s entire article.  Then, come back and let’s examine these rebuttals in turn.First, can Darwin be exonerated from what others did with his theories?  After all, Charlie was unquestionably a pleasant chap who wouldn’t hurt a fly (he would study it for evidence of natural selection).  He had many friends and admirers.  He loved nature and was basically a kind-hearted gentleman.  It can probably be affirmed without contradiction that he would have been shocked and horrified at what Hitler did.  Nevertheless, look at his ideas and their logical consequences.  He set forth a worldview of competition, struggle, and survival of the fittest; a world that filtered out the “unfit” by ruthless, undirected processes.  No matter how much he tried to restrict the discussion to scientific terminology, others knew exactly what his ideas meant and where they would lead.  Reviewers from day one applied his views to the human race and to politics.  The horrors that could follow from his views was precisely one of the arguments leveled at Darwin by critics in 1859 and 1860.  Darwin’s admirers, on the other hand, immediately used The Origin of Species to attack Christianity and promote liberal socialism.  Haeckel practically worshipped Darwin (and Darwin thought highly of Haeckel in return); Haeckel returned to Germany to promote Darwinism and eugenics, fueling the very fires that culminated in Nazism.Janet Browne and other historians have pointed out how Charles Darwin’s views fit neatly into the 19th century political climate of British imperialism.  Herbert Spencer (originator of the term “survival of the fittest”) told Andrew Carnegie that his cutthroat capitalism was a normal and natural outworking of the laws of nature.  Karl Marx felt that Darwinism provided the scientific justification for his communist views.  Whether Nazism, communism, or laissez-faire capitalism, each view that promoted ruthless competition and survival of the fittest used The Origin of Species as a scientific justification.Second, is Christianity just as guilty?  Let Joseph Goebbels himself frame the debate.  Ollove quotes him as stating in 1938, “Our starting point is not the individual, and we do not subscribe to the view that one should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, or clothe the naked.  Our objectives are entirely different: We must have a healthy people in order to prevail in the world.”  Now, pray tell, who taught that we should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and clothe the naked?  Who treated each individual as precious in the sight of God?  Who healed the infirm, sought out the poor and needy, and lifted up those who were humble?  The lines could hardly be drawn more boldly than Goebbels drew them: Jesus valued the individual; Hitler, the eugenicists, and ultimately the Darwinians, valued the race.Speaking of race, the Bible has the antidote to the false concept that some races are superior to others.  Creation teaches that we are all descended from Adam, a principle reinforced in the New Testament by Paul and Jesus.  There are no races; there is only the human race.  Answers in Genesis is one creationist organization that has recently promoted this Bible doctrine as the cure for racism.  The Bible also denies that some individuals are less fit to live.  The weak, the sick, the lame, the blind, the poor were often the ones to whom Jesus showed the most compassion.It cannot be denied that Europeans did some ugly things in the name of Christ (including persecuting other Christians who believed people should follow the teachings of Jesus).  But these actions were opposite both the letter and the spirit of the Bible.  What about, then, the Old Testament commands to exterminate the Canaanites?  We must remember that the rights of life and death belong to God alone.  He who gives life has the sovereignty and authority to destroy it, as He did in the flood, and as He will do at Armageddon.  God takes full responsibility for His judgment.  In some cases, he delegated His judgment to humans.  But Moses and Joshua and the prophets had direct revelation from God on these matters (a luxury not afforded us today, nor to the medieval popes).  These were specific orders from God, to God’s chosen people, at specific times for His specific purposes, and are never mentioned in the Bible as normative for individuals or kings; in fact, the opposite is taught in both Old and New Testaments –care for the alien and sojourner, orphan and widow, and mercy toward all who are weak or afflicted.  Would Hitler or Mao have taught “love your enemies”?  Jesus said that the two greatest commandments were to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself.  These are commandments to individuals, not to “the race.”The Bible’s position on individual human dignity does not rule out all killing.  God has instituted government to protect the rights of individuals, by means including police protection and national defense.  War can be just.  It can prevent further killing, or destroy those who are about to kill, as in the war against terrorism.  This is a far cry from genocide.  Neither does the Bible rationalize keeping the fit in their weakness, as if it is their fate.  The Biblical values of health, healing, cleanliness and industry should promote medical research into finding cures for genetic diseases and improving health – for individuals, because each person bears the image of God.  Even the benevolent competition of athletic games is spoken of favorably in the New Testament.  Individuals are encouraged to do their best.  This is a far cry from eugenics.Crusading popes corrupted the teachings of Jesus, but the eugenicists and the Nazis carried the teachings of Darwin to their logical applications.  Could figures be accurately known, the body count of those killed in the name of Christ to those killed in the name of Darwinism would differ by orders of magnitude.  In the 20th century alone, some 100 million deaths can be traced to communism and Nazism, regimes that banned Bibles and closed churches but exalted Darwinism, promoting survival of the fittest as the governing principle of society.  Most Darwinians are “nicer” these days (e.g., not overtly racist) but their core beliefs have not changed.  Some already support euthanasia and infanticide in the name of natural selection.  Many have no qualms about the ongoing holocaust of abortion.  As we approach difficult 21st-century ethical questions about genetic engineering and cloning and other cutting-edge technologies, respect for the individual must be the pole star in our deliberations (for example, see this Breakpoint commentary by Amy Michelle DeBaerts).Given that racism is a perpetual fire in the human heart, from ancient times to the present, which book – the Bible or the Origin of Species – is like water on the flames, and which is like gasoline?  Let history be the judge.  We must never forget.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more