As the New Horizons spacecraft races past Pluto into the outer reaches of the Solar System, a towering triumph for science and technology, we’ve got a slate of Republican candidates here on Earth that’s about as anti-science as it’s possible to be.
Almost all of the GOP candidates for president in the 2016 election deny the scientific theory of evolution, and a majority of them are actually young Earth creationists who believe, despite all the mountains of scientific evidence, that the Earth is no more than 6,000 years old. Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal are all making a point of visiting a politically connected Iowa church that teaches this brand of ignorant, atavistic creationism: Iowa Church Touting Creationism a Big Draw for Some White House Hopefuls.
A little Iowa church that preaches the theory that the Bible’s book of Genesis could be a scientifically accurate account of the beginning of the world has become a magnet for religious conservative presidential candidates.
Republicans Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee have already visited the First Assembly of God Church in Indianola. Bobby Jindal is booked to be at the church Saturday.
In 2014, the church hosted a five-day conference that discussed how Noah’s Biblical flood could explain the supposed misconception that the earth is older than 6,000 years.
The Rev. Jordan Cleigh, who works for the church, told the Des Moines Register at the time: “For the past 50 to 60 years public schools have been teaching evolution even though evolution doesn’t have all of the answers either. (Creationism) lets people believe in the Bible and Jesus.”
And don’t even get me started on the Republican denial of climate change.