Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly highlights another low-light from “The Anti-Science Party“:
“Real Time” host Bill Maher asked Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) a fairly straightforward question: “Do you believe in evolution?” Kingston not only said he rejects the foundation of modern biology, he explained it this way: “I believe I came from God, not from a monkey.” He added, “If it happened over millions and millions of years, there should be lots of fossil evidence.”
Seriously, that’s what he said.
Let’s pause to appreciate the fact that it’s the 21st century — and Jack Kingston is a 10-term congressman who helps oversee federal funding on the Food and Drug Administration.
As part of the same discussion, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell tried to ask Kingston about the overuse of antibiotics. The far-right congressman had no idea how the question related to evolution…
In the larger context, there’s a renewed push underway for the United States to value and appreciate science in the 21st century — our future depends on it. And while this push is underway, Republican leaders are more comfortable walking a bridge to the 18th century.
Video at the link, if you think he’s exaggerating.
If we’re going to encourage “a renewed push underway for the United States to value and appreciate science in the 21st century” among the Heartland Americans(tm), I vote we get Twin Spica professionally licensed for distribution over here:
It’s the heartwarming story of a little girl who works really, really hard to achieve her dream of becoming a “rocket pilot” in Japan’s nascent space program… inspired, and mentored, by the ghost of an astronaut killed during a Challenger incident. Seriously, it’s a nifty little skiffy story, which reminds me a great deal of early YA Heinlein novels like Have Spacesuit Will Travel or Farmer in the Sky. And since it’s a “cartoon”, maybe it’s sufficiently unthreatening for the… resolutely non-technically-oriented?