Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has once again expressed doubts about the validity of evolution, and her support for introducing creationism, also known as Intelligent Design, into the public school science classroom.
Friday, speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Bachmann reiterated her suspicions about evolution and her support for evolution. This is not the first time Bachmann has made such claims.
In 2006, Bachmann claimed “there is a controversy among scientists about whether evolution is a fact… hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel prizes, believe in intelligent design.”
Needless to say, for the vast majority of educated individuals, Bachmann's claim about a scientific controversy is false to the point of being ludicrous. Evolution is accepted science, and the foundation of modern biology. The only real controversy about evolution is religious. The theory makes certain religious claims, like the fundamentalist Christian claim that the earth is only 6,000 years old, simply untenable.
Perhaps more disturbing than Bachmann's doubt concerning the validity of evolution and her support for intelligent design, is the fact that many Republicans support her position, a position that critics find to be indicative of a severe intellectual disconnect with reality.
For many, Bachmann and her fellow Republicans' disdain for science is appalling. For many to teach intelligent design side by side with evolution in a science classroom is nothing short of child abuse, and a clear attempt at religious indoctrination.
Bachmann, speaking to reporters in New Orleans following her speech to the Republican Leadership Conference, made the following statement:
"I support intelligent design. What I support is putting all science on the table and then letting students decide. I don't think it's a good idea for government to come down on one side of scientific issue or another, when there is reasonable doubt on both sides."
Bachmann seems to be confused. There are some things students don't get to decide. Many things are not up for debate: 2 +2= 4; the earth is not flat, but shaped like a globe; and evolution is the foundation of biology, providing a coherent and unifying explanation for the history and diversity of life on Earth.BLOWHARD Bachmann supports self-styled Messiah (replacement Christ because Jesus wasn't good enough) SUN MYUNG MOON's efforts to insinuate Creationism into public schools (where Blowhard Bachmann's kids do not go, they go to private schools). The Moonie front concealing his puppet-mastering "Hudson Institute" created another spin-off front operation called "Discovery Institute" (google this history) to support Moon's plans to overthrow the US Constitution and substitute a religious state with him and his family at top. INTELLIGENT DESIGN is the name of the antichristian propaganda intended to confuse vulnerable youths that science should not be trusted to explain the development of life on Earth. Why Bachmann supports the overthrow of the United States or the programs of Sun Myung Moon, and the insertion of unwanted and unnecessary religious propaganda in public schools needs to be explained and the public and press needs to demand that she explain herself.