2017 is a year of milestone anniversaries for events that shaped our world: the Reformation, the Russian Revolution, and one horrible Supreme Court decision.
As John Stonestreet often says, “ideas have consequences and bad ideas have victims.” One such victim was Carrie Buck. She was the “Buck” in Buck v. Bell, the notorious 1927 Supreme Court decision that upheld Virginia’s statute permitting compulsory sterilization for those deemed to be “feebleminded” and “unfit.”
In his majority decision, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., wrote that, “It is better for all the world, if . . . society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.” He then concluded by saying, “three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
The “imbeciles” Holmes referred to were Buck, her mother, and Buck’s infant daughter. But as Adam Cohen tells readers in his recent book, “Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck,” there was nothing wrong with Carrie Buck, her mother, or her daughter. The problem lay in bad ideas that can be summed up in one word: eugenics .......
Eugenics is the the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits. It underlies the worldview of most ruling elites who arrogantly believe themselves empowered to identify and eliminate the undesirables. Abortion is nothing more than eugenics - getting rid of undesirables. In 2012 advances in genetics breathed new life into the previously-discredited theory of eugenics (see here.)
But it's also increasingly and ominously apparent that the "undesirables" now include anyone upholding a Biblical worldview - for the Weltanschauung of Scripture is truly anathema to the vast majority of ruling elite. This should come as no surprise to those of us who follow Christ. "And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." (Mark 13:13, ESV)