I became actively involved in the creationist anti-science debate over 20 years ago while the Curator of Anthropology, and Director of Education for the Orange County Museum of Natural History. ********
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According to Klinghoffer, the Confederacy was founded on scientific evolutionary terms. He cited a speech given by Alexander
H. Stephens, the Vice President of the rebelling states.
H. Stephens did not refer to any scientific discoveries related to
racial superiority of Whites, or inferiority of Blacks. He does claim
that God had ordered White superiority.
repeatedly makes religious assertions. For example, "The truth
announced, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a
principle in politics as it was in physics and mechanics, I admitted;
but told him that it was he, and those acting with him, who were warring
against a principle. They were attempting to make things equal which
the Creator had made unequal."
then, "It (the Confederacy) is the first government ever instituted
upon the principles in strict conformity to nature, and the ordination
of Providence, in furnishing the materials of human society. Many
governments have been founded upon the principle of the subordination
and serfdom of certain classes of the same race; such were and are in
violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of
nature's laws. With us, all of the white race, however high or low,
rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro.
Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against
Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system."
more, "The substratum of our society is made of the material fitted by
nature for it, and by experience we know that it is best, not only for
the superior, but for the inferior race, that it should be so. It is,
indeed, in conformity with the ordinance of the Creator. It is not for
us to inquire into the wisdom of His ordinances, or to question them.
For His own purposes, He has made one race to differ from another, as He
has made "one star to differ from another star in glory."
great objects of humanity are best attained when there is conformity toHis laws and decrees, in the formation of governments as well as in all
things else. Our confederacy is founded upon principles in strict
conformity with these laws."