Posted on February 18, 2020

Richard Dawkins Slammed for Saying ‘Of Course’ Eugenics Would Work

Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times, February 17, 2020

British evolutionary biologist and famed atheist Richard Dawkins sparked outrage on Twitter after he wrote that putting ideology and morality aside, eugenics or the selective breeding of humans would “of course” work in practice.

“It’s one thing to deplore eugenics on ideological, political, moral grounds,” Mr. Dawkins tweeted to his 2.8 millions followers. “It’s quite another to conclude that it wouldn’t work in practice. Of course it would. It works for cows, horses, pigs, dogs & roses. Why on earth wouldn’t it work for humans? Facts ignore ideology.”

The tweet sparked a wave of criticism from both sides of the political aisle, with many people pointing out the racist history of the eugenics movement and how Adolf Hitler used it to justify the forced sterilization and mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews and others who were determined sick or defective.