Wednesday, June 24, 2009

it wasn't that long ago...

Lest we think that the U.S. is really beyond doing/thinking terrible things, this week we heard recordings of former president Nixon's comments that abortion would be appropriate in the case of "a black and a white." And then, there's this:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-06-23-eugenics-carrie-buck_N.htm?csp=24&RM_Exclude=Juno

Always remember that even the country you love is capable of grave sins (even today), and that Christ calls his followers to be citizens of a kingdom that is not like the nations of the earth.

3 comments:

BenMc said...

My biochemistry students read GK Chesterton's Eugenics and Other Evils in seminar class. The version we use includes quotes from the times (including the Holmes quote) by very prominent names arguing for eugenics. Thankfully WWII put an end to that particular discussion. For a time at least.

phil said...

Damn good point!

cynthia r. nielsen said...

Thanks for posting these.