Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ward Churchill Cites Science Czar John Holdren, Paul Ehrlich, and Anne Ehrlich

"[R]esponsible parenthood ought to be encouraged and illegitimate childbearing could be strongly discouraged. One way to carry out this disapproval might be to insist that all illegitimate babies be put up for adoption -- especially those born to minors, who generally are not capable of caring properly for a child alone...It would even be possible to require pregnant single women to marry or have abortions, perhaps as an alternative to placement for adoption, depending on the society."---Science Czar John Holdren in his 1977 college textbook Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment (page 786) [As cited by David Freddoso in the Washington Examiner (7-14-09)]


President Obama's mother was an unmarried 17-year-old girl when she became pregnant with the future President Obama; yet the President's Science Czar John Holdren, along with Paul and Anne Ehrlich, are the co-authors of Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, a 1977 textbook that the authors contend merely "describes" how underage pregnant girls might be forced by the government to put their babies up for adoption, get married, or have an abortion.

For the background on Science Czar Holdren's 1977 textbook Ecoscience, see articles at Front Page Magazine (2-27-09), Zombietime (7-10-09), The Denver Post (7-15-09), and Michelle Malkin (7-21-09). Ecoscience is also available at

Dr. Holdren and the White House say that Ecoscience is an old college textbook and that Dr. Holdren does not now and has never advocated forced sterilization. (Ecoscience had discussed putting something in the water to control the population). The Washington Times (7-15-09) and Zombieblog (7-14-09) report:

When asked whether Mr. Holdren’s thoughts on population control have changed over the years, his staff gave The Washington Times a statement that said, “This material is from a three-decade-old, three-author college textbook. Dr. Holdren addressed this issue during his confirmation when he said he does not believe that determining optimal population is a proper role of government. Dr. Holdren is not and never has been an advocate for policies of forced sterilization.” [Page 1 of the Washington Times article]The White House also passed along a statement from the Ehrlichs that said, in part, “anybody who actually wants to know what we and/or Professor Holdren believe and recommend about these matters would presumably read some of the dozens of publications that we and he separately have produced in more recent times, rather than going back a third of a century to find some formulations in an encyclopedic textbook where description can be misrepresented as endorsement.“ [Page 2 of the Washington Times Article]

Never-the-less, the so-called "descriptions" in Dr. Holdren's book continue to be cited and may have morphed into "endorsements" at the hands of more recent authors.

According to a Google book seach, Ecoscience seems to be "cited" on page 28 in Islands in Captivity, a book edited by the dishonest ex-professor Ward Churchill. [Seach Google Books for "Ward Churchill" Holdren.]

Of course, Ward Churchill books often mischaracterize what respected and honest scholars say to give Churchill's bogus and dishonest research credibility. It is hard to know without seeing Islands in Captivity who cited Dr. Holdren, since Ward Churchill was supposedly only the editor.

Still, it is very worrisome that the mere "descriptions" of John Holdren and co-authors Paul and Anne Ehrlich in an old college textbook might have snowballed into "endorsement" at the hands of other academics.

Ward Churchill, who has some really extreme ideas about drastically reducting America's population in order to save the planet, has "joked" in three of his "scholarly" books that American mothers should "snuff" their babies and kill themselves to "do the planet a real favor."

Ward Churchill's vicious and thrice-repeated "joke" that mothers should "snuff" their babies is not so different than the Orwellian "description" in Ecoscience of unmarried girls being forced by the government to abort their babies.

President Obama has said that if one of his daughers "makes a mistake," he doesn't want her "punished with a baby." With an attitude like that, is the President really giving his daughters a choice? The President's mother was an unmarried teenager when she got pregnant. Was the unborn President Obama a "mistake" who "punished" his mother? Or was he the first black President?

From a search on Google, it appears that Ward Churchill "cites" Science Czar Holdren's co-authors Paul and Anne Ehrlich more often than he cites John Holdren.

For example, search "Ehrlich" in Ward Churchill's nasty essay "I Am Indigenist."

The Ehrlichs claim that they were simply "describing" hypothetical policies, but Ward Churchill is endorsing these authors' "descriptions."

Of course, Ward Churchill may be mischaracterizing what the Ehrlich's have written. Maybe the Ehrlichs should write a paper explaining to everyone that Ward Churchill is mischaracterizing their descriptions as endorsement.

In "I Am Indigenist," Ward Churchill "jokes" that American mothers should "snuff" their babies and kill themselves "to do the planet a real favor."

The University of Colorado fired Ward Churchill, but none of the scholars seem to have been troubled by Churchill's sick "joke." Are the Ehrlichs and Science Czar Holdren, who merely "describe" forced abortion in Ecoscience, bothered by that "joke"?

Ward Churchill advocates extreme solutions for population control and environmentalism. He "cites" the "descriptions" of Science Czar Holdren and the Ehrlichs in order to give his ideas credibility. I don't know if the "descriptions" are cited accurately and in context or not, but it is scary to see that the "descriptions" of our Science Czar and his co-authors Paul and Anne Ehrlich are cited and endorsed by Ward Churchill, a discredited scholar who "jokes" in three of his "scholarly" books that American mothers should "snuff" their babies and kill themselves to "do the planet a real favor." [Search Google and Google books for "Ward Churchill" snuff.]


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