Lincoln, Darwin: Same birthdate, vastly different lives

Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day, Feb. 12, 1809, but their lives had opposite effects.

Lincoln is best known for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation and freeing millions of slaves, claiming all men are created equal, as he stated in his Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863: “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Darwin’s theory of evolution claims men were not created, instead they evolved, and men are not equal, as some are more evolved than others. Just four years after Darwin’s “Origin of Species” was published, James Hunt used it to justify slavery, writing a paper in 1863 titled “On the Negro’s Place in Nature,” stating: “Our Bristol and Liverpool merchants, perhaps, helped to benefit the

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