What are your thoughts about people with blue hair? Do they deserve to be here? Would the world just be a little more perfect without them?

We can’t believe that she said this, but we’re hoping it causes people to think.

 

Thank you, Laura Klassen and Choice42 for bringing this issue to our attention!

Eugenics Defined

Eugenics –  “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 (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics).” (Dictionary.com)

Eugenics – “effort to breed better humans – by encouraging the reproduction of people with ‘good’ genes and discouraging those with ‘bad’ genes” (Cold Spring Harbor Lab Archive)

Eugenics – “the practice or advocacy of controlled selective breeding of human populations (as by sterilization) to improve the population’s genetic composition” (Merriam-Webster)

A Few Examples of the History of Eugenics

“In 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that forced sterilization of the handicapped does not violate the U.S. Constitution. In the words of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes, “…three generations of imbeciles are enough.” In 1942, the ruling was overturned, but not before thousands of people underwent the procedure.” – History.com

‘Hitler proudly told his comrades just how closely he followed the progress of the American eugenics movement. ‘I have studied with great interest,” he told a fellow Nazi, “the laws of several American states concerning prevention of reproduction by people whose progeny would, in all probability, be of no value or be injurious to the racial stock.’ Hitler even wrote a fan letter to American eugenic leader Madison Grant calling his race-based eugenics book, The Passing of the Great Race his ‘bible.'” – History News Network

A Prayer For Life

Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.

Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.
Amen

—from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers