I hereby nominate Oklahoma as the Stupidest State in the Union.
According to KTEN, Brecheen is using the tired old argument that because creationism exists as a belief it must be taught in science classes. This is exactly like saying that because some crazy people think bigfoot is real, bigfoot must be included in science classes.
“If we really are going to use science in the classroom, let’s use the full science, let’s not just be selective in our science. That’s what my legislation is designed to do,” Brecheen said.
Creationism of any form, including “intelligent design,” simply is not science. Leave it out of the classroom. The guy thinks he’s a scientist.
“The main fallacy with Darwinian theory,” he argued, “is the sudden appearance at about 540 million years [ago] of fossil records. It’s like a guy standing at the chalkboard and saying okay here’s an atom [and then writing] question mark, question mark, human–here we are. But its fact, and there’s zero evidence to back it up.”
Face palm city. For one thing, no one thinks that life suddenly appeared 540 million years go. Second, he is incorrectly using the term “fossil record.” Third, he must have had a really sucky life science teacher if that is what he experienced in school.
But really, we all know that Brecheen does not really believe in biblical creation or that creationism should be in schools. But half of his constituents, and he’s pandering to him. Also, this is part of a broad strategy to muck up science teaching and science in general because that is what Republicans do. (You know, I ‘ve not looked up his political affiliation, but he probably is a Republican, don’t you think?)
According to the KTEN report,
“This is the future of our state, the future of our nation is dependant on what we teach our kidos in the classroom,” said Senator Brecheen.
Oklahoma’s major universities including OU and OSU all agree that evolution is the best science and that alternatives such as creationism should not be taught in public schools.
Did he really say “kidos”? Uffda.