Lab Strips Co-Discoverer of DNA of His Titles

by Ken Ham on January 21, 2019
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James Watson, the co-discoverer of the double-helix shape of DNA, was recently stripped of his honorary titles by the laboratory where he did most of his research. Why would his lab strip a scientist, who made such an incredible discovery, of his titles? Because of his racist views.

In 2007, during an interview, Watson claimed he was “‘gloomy about the prospect of Africa’ because he believed African intelligence was genetically lower than that of Europeans.” Needless to say, people got upset about his blatantly racist (and unscientific) statements. And in a new documentary, the scientist doubled-down on his views, stating they haven’t changed since that 2007 interview. This caused his lab to strip him of his titles.

But if this lab wants to be consistent, they also need to ban Charles Darwin's books, as his book, The Descent of Man, is blatantly racist. Most people have never read Darwin’s Origin of the Species let alone The Descent of Man (published 12 years after the Origin) and probably don't want to as they would then have to admit Darwin's shocking evolutionary racism!

Evolution is an inherently racist philosophy.

Evolution is an inherently racist philosophy. It (and certain evolutionists who are consistent with its principles, such as James Watson) stands in sharp contrast to the biblical worldview. There’s no room in a biblical worldview for any kinds of racist attitudes. Starting with the Bible’s history, we know we’re all descended from the first two people (Adam and Eve) and therefore have a sinful nature, inherited from Adam. Because we’ve all descended from Adam, we all have the same problem—sin!

And we all have the same solution: the Lord Jesus, the God-man who stepped into history as a descendant of Adam to take our sin on himself when he died on the cross. He then rose from the grave, defeating death and sin, and offers the free gift of salvation to those from every nation, tribe, people, and language who will repent and trust in him.

The biblical implication that we’re all one race is supported by science. Genetic studies have confirmed what the Bible taught all along—there’s only one race, the human race. We have powerful displays at both the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter that share this truth.

If people truly had a Christian worldview built on the true history revealed to us by God beginning in Genesis, they would understand that all humans are equal before God, as we’re all one race.

Get more answers to the issue of race in my chapter from The New Answers Book 1: “Are There Really Different Races?” Also be sure to check out my books, One Race, One Blood and One Race for Kids for more information on this topic.

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Get More Answers on Answers News

I discussed this item on Answers News with co-hosts Dr. Georgia Purdom and Bodie Hodge. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed live before a studio audience here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also discussed the following topics:

  • Church faces backlash for sign stating, “homosexuality is still sin.”
  • “Blasphemous” new DC comic stars Jesus Christ.
  • Is interstellar object an extraterrestrial probe?
  • And more!

Watch the entire episode of Answers News for January 21, 2019.

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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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