Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day, FEBRUARY 12, 1809, but their lives had opposite effects.
Lincoln is best known for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation and freeing millions of slaves, claiming all men are created equal, as he stated in his Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863:
"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
Darwin's theory of evolution claims men were not created, instead they evolved, and all men are not equal, as some are more evolved than others.
Darwin's Origin of Species was read and reread by Karl Marx, who saw "survival of the fittest" as validating his "dialectical conflict," where labor and community organizers would create domestic chaos to enable communist dictators to usurp power.
Karl Marx wrote to Lassalle, January 16, 1861:
"Darwin's book is very important and serves me as a basis in natural selection for the class struggle in history."
Karl Marx dedicated a personal copy his book, Das Kapital, to Charles Darwin, inscribing that he was a "sincere admirer" of Darwin.
Darwin also influenced Margaret Sanger, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Nicolae Ceauşescu, Kim Il Sung, and others whose eugenic policies and totalitarian regimes aborted, killed and enslaved millions.
Robert Conquest, author of Reflections on a Ravaged Century (1999) and The Great Terror (1990), wrote:
"Organized irreligion in the twentieth century committed atrocities on a scale that the fiercest religious wars never approached.
The scientific racism of Nazi Germany killed forty million and attempted genocide against Europe’s Jews. The scientific socialism of the Communist countries killed a hundred million (and still counting) people around the globe.
As the Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky has noted, people in the West routinely invoke the Spanish Inquisition as an example of religious horror. And they are right to do so.
But the Inquisition, in the course of three centuries, and after legal procedures of a sort, killed fewer people—probably around three thousand—than the Soviet Union killed on an average day." (Robert Royal, The God that Did Not Fail: How Religion Built and Sustains the West, NY: Encounter Books, 2006), xvii.)
Lenin stated in Socialism and Religion (1905):
"Our propaganda necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism ...
We shall now probably have to follow the advice Engels once gave to the German Socialists: to translate and widely disseminate the literature of the eighteenth-century French Enlighteners and atheists."
A year and a half into the Civil War, Lincoln told his Cabinet, September 22, 1862, as reported Treasury Secretary Salmon Portland Chase:
"The time for the annunciation of the emancipation policy can no longer be delayed.
Public sentiment will sustain it, many of my warmest friends and supporters demand it, and I have promised God that I will do it."
When asked by Secretary Chase to explain, Lincoln replied:
"I made a solemn vow before God, that if General Lee were driven back from Pennsylvania, I would crown the result by the declaration of freedom to the slaves."
Lincoln, the first Republican President, addressed the Indiana Regiment, March 17, 1865:
"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."
Abraham Lincoln stated August 14, 1862:
"It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him."
Lincoln wrote to H.L. Pierce, April 6, 1859:
"This is a world of compensation; and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and under a just God, cannot long retain it."
Lincoln had the boldness to make the connection between sin and judgement -- the nation's sin of slavery and the judgement of the Civil War.
He stated in his Second Inaugural, March 4, 1865, just 41 days before his assassination:
"If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God ... He now wills to remove, and that He gives ... this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came,
shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? ...
... Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk,
and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword,
as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
Lincoln stated in his Second Annual Message, December 1, 1862:
"In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free ...
We shall nobly save -- or meanly lose -- the last, best hope of earth ...
The way is plain ...which if followed the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless."
In contrast, Darwin published his Origin of Species, 1859, and Descent of Man, 1871, in which he wrote:
"With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated ...
We civilized men, on the other hand ... build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick ...
Thus the weak members propagate their kind. No one who had attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man ...
Hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed ..."
"Civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world ...
The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla."
Social Darwinism was used to justify the racist Supreme Court decision of Dred Scott v Sanford, 1856, written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, appointed by Democrat President Jackson.
The Dred Scott decision stated:
"Slaves had ... been regarded as beings of an inferior order ... so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit."
Darwin's theory influenced Margaret Sanger, who promoted "eugenics" and "forced sterilization" to eliminate inferior races.In 1921,
Sanger founded a 501(c)3, the American Birth Control League, which became Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood aborts over 300,000 babies a year, totaling over 7 million since abortion was legalized in 1973.
Sanger began a "Negro Project" in 1939 to reduce the African-American population. Her racist views are seen in statements, such as:
"The lower down in the scale of human development we go the less sexual control we find. It is said the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development."
Margaret Sanger wrote in her autobiography that she addressed a Klu Klux Klan rally in Silver Lake, New Jersey in 1938.
She is quoted in "Apostle of Birth Control Sees Cause Gaining Here" (The New York Times, April 8, 1923, p. XII):
"Birth control is not contraception indiscriminately and thoughtlessly practiced. It means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks — those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization."
Margaret Sanger stated in a radio interview on WFAB Syracuse, February 2, 1924 ("The Meaning of Radio Birth Control," April 1924, p. 111):
"Just think for a moment of the meaning of the word kindergarten — a garden of children ... Every expert gardener ... knows that no plant would have a fair chance of life if it were overcrowded or choked by weeds ... If plants, and live stock as well, require space and air, sunlight and love, children need them even more ...
A farmer would rather produce a thousand thoroughbreds than a million runts. How are we to breed a race of human thoroughbreds unless we follow the same plan? We must make this country into a garden of children instead of a disorderly back lot overrun with human weeds."
Her address to the New History Society, New York City, January 1, 1932, was summarized in "A Plan for Peace," April 1932, pp. 107-108:
"Keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as feebleminded, idiots, morons, insane, syphilitic, epileptic, criminal, professional prostitutes, and others in this class barred by the immigration laws of 1924 ...
Apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring ...
Insure the country against future burdens of maintenance for numerous offspring as may be born of feeble-minded parents, by pensioning all persons with transmissible disease who voluntarily consent to sterilization ...
Give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization."
Sanger stated in Pivot of Civilization, (1922, chapter 12, "Woman and the Future"):
"We are informed that the psychological examination of the drafted men indicated that nearly half - 47.3 per cent. - of the population had the mentality of twelve-year-old children or less - in other words that they are morons ...
Our 'overhead' expense in segregating the delinquent, the defective and the dependent, in prisons, asylums and permanent homes, our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying ... demonstrate our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism.
No industrial corporation could maintain its existence upon such a foundation.
Yet hardheaded 'captains of industry,' financiers who pride themselves upon their cool-headed and keen-sighted business ability are dropping millions into rosewater philanthropies and charities that are silly at best and vicious at worst."
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (concurring opinion, May 28, 2019):
"Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was particularly open about the fact that birth control could be used for eugenic purposes ...
Like many elites of her day, Sanger accepted that eugenics was 'the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems' ...
In her view, birth-control advocates and eugenicists were 'seeking a single end' 'to assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit' ..."
Justice Thomas continued:
"Sanger herself campaigned for birth control in black communities. In 1930, she opened a birth-control clinic in Harlem ... In 1939, Sanger initiated the 'Negro Project,' an effort to promote birth control in poor, Southern black communities ...
In a report titled 'Birth Control and the Negro,' Sanger and her coauthors identified blacks as ‘the great problem of the South’ ... and developed a birth-control program geared toward this population.
She later emphasized that black ministers should be involved in the program, noting, ‘We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.’”
Tony Dungy, the first black NFL coach to win a Super Bowl, stated in the Breitbart article "Tony Dungy Questions Whether Pro-Abortion Pastor Raphael Warnock is Really a Christian" (12/10/20):
"Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has weighed in on Georgia Democrat senate candidate Raphael Warnock and wondered if Warnock, who is a pastor, qualifies as a Christian given his support of abortion ...
'I would think it would be difficult,' he tweeted, 'for someone who believes that God sees us when we are in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16) to think that it is OK to choose not to bring that life to fruition.'
... Dungy also replied to a Twitter user who sided with a woman’s right to choose, saying, 'Please read Psalm 139:13-16. Then tell me if you think God puts babies in the womb or man does? If you believe they randomly get there, then I have no argument. But if you believe God puts them there, then how does anyone have a right to ‘choose which ones survive?'
In another reply, he added, 'What if I was advocating for the right to kill someone who was already born? Would that be morally OK? Of course not. The only question in this debate is what we think of the unborn baby? Is it a life, or is it not?'
... Dungy also defended his definition of what a Christian is.
'A Christian is someone who believes Jesus is the son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins. They follow God’s teachings and use the word of God to make all their decisions. I don’t know how many people in the world that applies to, but there are many,' he wrote."
Margaret Sanger's Planned Parenthood began receiving Federal funding when Republican President Richard Nixon signed the Title X-Family Planning Services and Population Research Act in 1970.
The Democrat Party Platform, 2020, stated:
"We believe unequivocally ... that every woman should be able to access ... safe and legal abortion. We will repeal the Title X domestic gag rule and restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides vital preventive and reproductive health care for millions of people, especially low-income people, and people of color."
The New York Times published an article December 4, 2017, titled "Justice Dept. Investigating Fetal Tissue Transfers by Planned Parenthood and Others":
"... action taken by the D.O.J. that signals a serious, thorough investigation into Planned Parenthood's profitable practice of selling baby body parts ..."
Even after it became public knowledge that Planned Parenthood's sold baby body parts, the Republican-controlled U.S. House in 2017, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, and the Republican-controlled Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, continued to fund Planned Parenthood with $543.7 million.
Margaret Sangers' magazine The Birth Control Review published in April 1933. an article by Nazi Party member Ernst Rüdin, one of the "fathers of racial hygiene."
Ernst Rüdin, advocated eliminating those with hereditary defects -- "untermensch" -- from the human gene pool, which led to millions dying in the holocaust.
Darwin influenced Joseph Stalin, as recounted in the book Landmarks in the Life of Stalin (1942):
"At a very early age, while still a pupil in the ecclesiastical school, Comrade Stalin developed a critical mind and revolutionary sentiments. He began to read Darwin and became an atheist."
Joseph Stalin stated of the Soviet state-controlled "common core" type indoctrination:
"There are three things that we do to disabuse the minds of our seminary students. We had to teach them the age of the earth, the geologic origin, and Darwin's teachings."
Stalin used intentional famines, forced labor and executions to eliminate over 7 million Ukrainians.
Stalin's notorious 1937 order No. 00447 called for the mass execution and exile of "socially harmful elements" as "enemies of the people."
Estimates of deaths during the Stalinist period range from 8 to 61 million.
Darwin influenced Mao Zedong who stated:
"Chinese socialism is founded upon Darwin and the theory of evolution."
Michael Pitman wrote in Adam and Evolution (London, England: Rider & Co., 1984, 24):
"After 1949 when the communists took control of China, the first new text introduced to all the schools was neither Marxist nor Leninist, but Darwinian.”
Pol Pot's communist Khmer Rouge killed 2 million Cambodians in his "killing fields" between 1975 and 1979.
In the article "Nationalism in the Slave States of Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany and now, China" (Dec. 23, 2010), Lev Navrozov, an immigrant from the U.S.S.R. who worked with the Center for the Survival of Western Democracies, stated:
"Once upon a time it was assumed that a slave should fulfill the slave-owners' order as efficiently as a machine. But after Stalin, Hitler, and Mao ... slaves must relive the order, and hence scream in their delight to kill and be killed."
Most genocides result from systems which deny each person is made in the image of God -- that deny all are of equal value in His sight.
The reverberations of lives of Lincoln and Darwin echo through the centuries. In the Gospel of Matthew (13:30), Jesus said: "Let both the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest."
Darwinists believe some humans are "more evolved" that others and fundamental Islamists believe Allah has no image and that kafir-infidels are not equal to believing Muslims.
An article appeared February 11, 2019 (Zerohedge.com) titled: "Over 1000 'Scientists' Sign 'Dissent From Darwinism' Statement."
In contrast to Darwin, Lincoln countered this attitude in his Gettysburg Address, stating that America is "a new nation ... dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" -- a belief which has been repeated by American leaders, both Democrat and Republican.
President Calvin Coolidge stated on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 5, 1926:
"The principles ... which went into the Declaration of Independence ... are found in ... the sermons ... of the early colonial clergy ...
They preached equality because they believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. They justified freedom by the text that we are all created in the Divine image."
Woodrow Wilson stated on the 300th anniversary of King James Bible, May 7, 1911:
"The finger of God that moves upon the face of the nations is against every man that plots the nation's downfall or the people's deceit ...
These men are ... groping and staggering in their ignorance to a fearful day of judgment;
and ... the glad day ... will come in which men will sing by the host of the coming of the Lord in His glory, and all of those will be forgotten -- those little, scheming, contemptible creatures that forgot the image of God and tried to frame men according to the image of the evil one."
Franklin D. Roosevelt stated January 6, 1942:
"Our enemies are guided by ... unholy contempt for the human race.
We are inspired by a faith that goes back through all the years to the first chapter of the Book of Genesis: 'God created man in His own image.'
We on our side are striving to be true to that divine heritage. We are fighting, as our fathers have fought, to uphold the doctrine that all men are equal in the sight of God.
Those on the other side are striving to destroy this deep belief and to create a world in their own image - a world of tyranny and cruelty and serfdom."
FDR stated in his United Flag Day broadcast, June 14, 1942:
"The belief in man, created free, in the image of God -- is the crucial difference between ourselves and the enemies we face ...
We know that man, born to freedom in the image of God, will not forever suffer the oppressors' sword."
In his State of the Union, January 7, 1948, Harry S Truman stated:
"We believe in the dignity of man. We believe that he was created in the image of the Father of us all.
We do not believe that men exist merely to strengthen the state or to be cogs in the economic machines."
Harry S Truman stated in his Inaugural Address, January 20, 1949:
"We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God. From this faith we will not be moved."
President Eisenhower stated upon his return from the Geneva Conference, July 25, 1955:
"The wide gulf that separates so far East and West ... lies between the concept of man made in the image of his God and the concept of man as a mere instrument of the state."
President Eisenhower addressed the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, December 5, 1955,:
"Man is created in the Divine Image and has spiritual aspirations that transcend the material."
Eisenhower told the Spiritual Foundation of American Democracy Conference, Nov. 9, 1954:
"Milton asserted that all men are born equal,because each is born in the image of his God. Our whole theory of government finally expressed in our Declaration ... said 'Man is endowed by his Creator.'
When you come back to it, there is just one thing ... a man is worthwhile because he was born in the image of his God."
Eisenhower addressed the U.S. Information Agency, November 10, 1953:
"The things for which the Americans stand are those things which enrich human life, which ennoble man because he is an individual created in the image of his God and trying to do his best on this earth."
General Douglas MacArthur addressed the cadets of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, May 12, 1962:
"The soldier ... is required to practice the greatest act of religious training-sacrifice ... In the face of danger and death, he discloses those Divine attributes which his Maker gave when He created man in His own image."
Secretary of State Williams Jennings Bryan stated in his speech "The Prince of Peace," which was printed in the New York Times, September 7, 1913:
"I find proof that man was made in the image of his Creator in the fact that, throughout the centuries, man has been willing to die ... that blessings denied to him might be enjoyed by his children."
President William Henry Harrison stated in his Inaugural, March 4, 1841:
"The American citizen ... claims them because he is himself a man, fashioned by the same Almighty hand as the rest of his species and entitled to a full share of the blessings with which He has endowed them."
Thomas Paine wrote in The American Crisis, December 23, 1776:
"The Almighty implanted in us these inextinguishable feelings for good and wise purposes. They are the guardians of His image in our heart. They distinguish us from the herd of common animals."
George W. Carver wrote to Rev. Kunzman of Seattle, March 24, 1925:
"My life time study of nature in it's many phases leads me to believe more strongly than ever in the Biblical account of man's creation as found in Gen. 1:27 "And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them."
George Washington Carver wrote to Mr. and Mrs. Woods, who had given him some dahlias, on Sept. 7, 1940:
"The great Creator ... made man in the likeness of His image to be co-partner with him in creating some of the most beautiful and useful things in the world."
Ronald Reagan stated at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, January 31, 1985:
"We are all God's children. The clerk and the king and the communist were made in His image. We all have souls ...
I'm convinced, more than ever, that man finds liberation only when he binds himself to God and commits himself to his fellow man."
Reagan told the citizens of Hambach, Germany, May 6, 1985:
"Each of us, each of you, is made in the most enduring, powerful image of Western civilization. We're made in the image of God, the image of God the Creator."
Reagan stated the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, England, June 3, 1988:
"Like the Founding Fathers ... we hold that humanity was meant not to be dishonored by the all-powerful state, but to live in the image and likeness of Him who made us."
President Trump stated at the National Prayer Breakfast, February 8, 2018:
"We are all united by our faith, in our Creator and our firm knowledge that we are all equal in His eyes."
Reagan quoted Lincoln in his article "Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation" (The Human Life Review, 1983):
"The great champion of the sanctity of all human life in that day, Abraham Lincoln, gave us his assessment of the Declaration's purpose.
Speaking of the framers of that noble document, he said:
'This was their ... noble understanding of the justice of the Creator to His creatures. Yes, gentlemen, to all His creatures, to the whole great family of man.
In their enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on ...
They grasped not only the whole race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide their children, and the countless myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages.'
He warned also of the danger we would face in we ever closed our eyes to the value of life in any category of human beings ..."
"We will never recognize the true value of our own lives until we affirm the value in the life of others, a value of which Malcolm Muggeridge says:
'... however low it flickers or fiercely burns, it is still a Divine flame which no man dare presume to put out, be his motives ever so humane and enlightened.'"
"Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves.
Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide ...
There is no cause more important ... than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning."