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Bachmann Passes On Creationist Myths

Michele Bachmann was asked about teaching intelligent design in public school science classrooms in Iowa and, unsurprisingly, she’s all for it. But she even mixed in a little old-school anti-evolution stupidity.

During a question-and-answer session at the University of Northern Iowa Wednesday, Bachmann was asked if intelligent design should be taught as science in public schools.

“I think that all science should be on the table,” the candidate explained. “I think the one thing we do not want to have is censorship by government.”

“I do believe that God created the Earth,” she continued. “And I believe there are issues that need to be addressed — the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the issue of irreducible complexity, the dearth of fossil record.”

The second law of thermodynamics? Seriously? Even most YECs don’t use that one anymore. And irreducible complexity was disproved even by the man who invented the phrase during the Dover trial. And the fossil record, about which Bachmann undoubtedly knows absolutely nothing, is explained very well by evolution.

Comments

  1. Larry says

    She left out the most troubling issue:

    If man descended from apes, why are there still monkeys?

    Teach the controversy!!!

  2. says

    Is she even relevant anymore?

    BTW: Did you ever answer Zach’s challenge to name the Nobel prize winning scientists who disagreed with evolution?

    Yeah, didn’t think so.

  3. Michael Heath says

    The false assertion regarding the lack of a fossil record is a lie propagated by the so-called Concerned Women of America. Richard Dawkins was confronted with that in a discussion he had recorded on video with one of their leaders a few years ago. Dr. Dawkins suggested the lady visit a natural history museum.

  4. Reginald Selkirk says

    And the fossil record, about which Bachmann undoubtedly knows absolutely nothing, is explained very well by evolution.

    I like the way all the ID books of the 1980s – 1990s, by Denton, Johnson, Behe, etc. all focused on the lack of whale fossils.

  5. Phillip IV says

    “I think the one thing we do not want to have is censorship by government.”

    More like “The only thing we don’t want to have censorship by is government.”

  6. rork says

    Almost all fossils are from extinct species, which is clearly best explained by the fossils having been created by God when the earth was created, for no reason humans can understand.
    That not working for ya? Then cook up a variant invoking Satan.

  7. raven says

    Almost all fossils are from extinct species, which is clearly best explained by the fossils having been created by God when the earth was created, for no reason humans can understand.

    Oh, it is very understandable.

    God put those fossils there to fool humans into thinking the earth is 4.7 billion years old. So he could send a lot of people to hell to be tortured forever.

    The fundie god is a sadist with a very warped sense of humor.

  8. Aquaria says

    Bachmann Passes On Creationist Myths

    And this is different from everything that comes out of her mouth….how?

  9. Stevarious says

    “I think the one thing we do not want to have is censorship by government conservatives.”

    Fixed.

  10. says

    To ensure that the proper science is taught in school, there would need to be some kind of enforcement. Maybe a law enforcement unit that checks to make sure the proper religious positions are being adhered to by teachers, and prevent good christianists from being indoctrinated from evilution. Maybe this Religious Police could also investigate suspected witches.
    I truly await the return of the 12th Century in America (or the implementation of the fundamentalist Christian version of 21st Century Saudi Arabia).

  11. lofgren says

    the dearth of fossil record

    Evolution has no responsibility for explaining the dearth of the fossil record. That is already explained, and was well-explained before Darwin’s day, by the highly specific circumstances that result in good fossils. This is a complaint 150 years (at least) out of date.

  12. robb says

    i heard that there is a problem with the second law of thermodynamics. however, the current second law is only in beta. the next upgrade is due soon and it will be called “The 2.01 law of Thermodynamics.”

  13. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    The second law of thermodynamics? Seriously? Even most YECs don’t use that one anymore.

    It may be old news, but Granville Sewell continues to push the SLoT argument, and they’ve taken it up at Uncommonly Dense. I find it a little amusing that that bastion of ID is still promoting an argument that even YECs have mostly abandoned.

  14. Francisco Bacopa says

    When I was a kid the oil companies sent geologists to the schools to make sure we were learning proper geology and biology. This was a long time ago. The Texas SBOE has probably outlawed it by now.

  15. sailor1031 says

    WTF? In what way is the second law of thermodynamics “an issue to be addressed”? Is congress to debate this and then pass a bill to repeal it? And what happens to science then? OMG WTF!! Maybe they can repeal the law of gravity at the same time……

  16. briandavis says

    More like “The only thing we don’t want to have censorship by is government.”

    She’s a conservative. Censorship will be privatized. Or better yet, it will be handled as a faith based initiative.

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