Website Search
ID 10758

Sermon #2: Eugenics, AES Sermon Contest 1926, #2 (8)

Sermon #2:  Eugenics, AES Sermon Contest 1926, #2 (8)
Description:
Sermon #2: Eugenics, AES Sermon Contest 1926, #2 (8)
Transcript:
776. [page number] 9. [end page number] Eugenics and religion. What place has religion in the building of a better world? This is the ultimate goal of religion. Religion has to do with the salvation of the individual but also with the salvation of the race. It is a great thing to save a man from sin but it is a bigger thing for a child to be born with clean blood in its veins. It is a big thing to pick a man out of the gutter and clean him up, but it is a bigger thing for that man to have born in him an abhorence [sic] for filth. The Bible is a book of eugenics. The opening chapters of Matthew and Luke are virtually chapters on eugenics. Christ was born of a family that represented a long process of religious and moral selection. He came from a stock of priestly and prophetic men; a stock of men that represented the highest product of religious and moral selection in the history of the world. No other race has placed so high a value upon ancestry as the Jewish race. The highest reward for goodness of life that could come to a Jew was in his children. Religion furnishes the motive - the urge - the vision - the ideal for the making of a better world. Religion concerns itself with the problem of marriage. It declares that some ought not to marry. "Be not ye unequally yoked together." It is a sin against God and a crime against humanity and the State for a child to be brought into the world diseased, or feebleminded. No man or woman ought to be allowed to marry if diseased. The Feeble-minded, insane, epileptic, deformed, and the habitual criminal, must be prevented from perpetuating his kind. Two-thirds of the inmates of Sing Sing in 1916 showed mental defect. Religion and patriotism both cry out against this cursing of the race.
Creative Commons License This work by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
CSHL HomeAbout CSHLResearchEducationNews & FeaturesCampus & Public EventsCareersGiving