Applying Darwinian insights to morality is not distorting the theory at all (as it would be for someone to draw moral implications from relativity theory). Rather, it is explicitly part and parcel of Darwin’s own theory of human evolution.
Germany was not the only nation captivated by a plan to give Darwinian evolution a proactive “helping hand.”
Jerry Coyne can always be counted on for a cartoonish view on modern monotheist religions — and so too on ancient polytheist ones.
In the matter of this particular image, seeing humans caught in a transformative process like the one enacted by caterpillars and butterflies, Nabokov was scooped by Dante in the Divine Comedy.
Exporting Darwin is a dangerous business.