Since Christopher Hitchens sees his line of reasoning and logic as legitimate and concrete, we should have no trouble using it to show the irony of his own conclusion. If religion poisons everything because of the behavior of some religious people, then it can and should be argued that atheism poisons everything, also because of the behavior of some atheists. We will briefly look at a few examples.
The Pygmy in the Zoo
By virtue of denying belief in God, atheism requires a Darwinian evolution worldview to explain the world. Darwinian evolution has had a major impact on the way people view other “races.” Every undergraduate biology student is taught that the evolutionary origin of man began in Africa, and that the African and Australian Aboriginals are not as highly evolved as the rest of the modern humans. This is a predominant teaching that apparently evolutionists are not at all ashamed to express. For example, there was an African pygmy named Ota Benga who was brought over from the Belgian Congo in Africa, by an African explorer named Samuel Verner, and placed on exhibit at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. However, when the fair had ended, instead of Ota Benga being returned home, Verner sold him to William Hornaday, the director of the Bronx Zoo. Where he was actually put on display in a cage with an orangutan to show how closely he resembled the ape.
People lined up with their children waiting to see this alleged “missing link” (actually a human being). One can only imagine what kind of impact that had on the minds of all the people who saw or read in the newspapers about that display. Yet this is perfectly consistent with what evolutionary doctrine.
Later on in Ota Benga’s life, he became increasingly depressed, irrational, and hostile, due to his in-humane treatment. After he came to the realization that it would be impossible to return home, on March 20, 1916 Ota Benga committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver. In the words of G.C. Ward:
“Ota…removed the caps from his teeth. When his small companions asked him to lead them into the woods again, he turned them away. Once they were safely out of sight, he shot himself.”
It is sad that a human being actually suffered in such a way from racism, yet perhaps what is even far more discouraging is that everything that was done to him was done in the name of the anti-God religion known as evolution. The Bible, on the other hand, rejects racist teachings, and teaches that all human beings are equal.
Justified Murder for Evolution
In the early 1900′s, many scientist, in the name of evolution, hunted, shot, and killed Australian Aborigines (human beings), because they were viewed as the so called “missing links” in the evolutionary theory and thought to be “not yet fully human” (as compared to other humans at that time). Many of the Aborigines, after being killed, had their skulls boiled down and shipped to England along with their skins to be stuffed, all to be displayed in museums as supposed “evidence” for Darwin’s idea of evolution.
If we take Hitchens’ logic to its natural conclusion, then we would be right to say that atheism poisons everything. Moreover, atheism is dangerous and deadly to all humans not classified as anglo-saxon.