Michele Bachmann expressed skepticism of evolution at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Friday.
“I support intelligent design,” Bachmann told reporters following her speech at the conference, CNN reports. “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.”
“I would prefer that students have the ability to learn all aspects of an issue,” Bachmann said. “And that’s why I believe the federal government should not be involved in local education to the most minimal possible process.”
What a moron. First, the Intelligent Design crowd have no doubt, and they are not reasonable. They are certain. They lie, don’t understand science, and regularly employ willful blindness and stubborn ignorance to twist facts that destroy their premises into support for their religious beliefs. Intelligent Design is NOT a scientific proposition – it is a conclusion for which proponents argue based only on the simple and pedestrian truth that science has not yet answered every question.
The idea that, because the municipal school board prayed about it, children living in some north Florida snake-handling Jesus-freak backwater should be taught IN SCIENCE CLASS that god created the world in six days, Noah’s flood created the Grand Canyon, and the world is 6000 years old is not merely appalling, it’s batshit crazy. It bespeaks a shocking and pathetic ignorance of geology, biology, anthropology, physics, chemistry, cosmology and the general principles of science.
I don’t care if someone wants to be steadfast and unyielding in their stupidity, but when they insist on spreading that stone ignorance to children simply because it’s what they BELIEVE in the absence of anything remotely like evidence, it’s time to drag them out behind the barn and put them out of our misery.