Tuesday, October 30

The Most Anti-Science Candidates in America

Mother Jones has compiled a list of the nine most anti-science candidates currently running for U.S. House and Senate seats. A few highlights:
  • Paul Broun, Republican candidate for US Representative of Georgia's 10th congressional district (incumbent): "...all that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang Theory—all that is lies straight from the pit of hell." 
  • Richard Mourdock, Republican candidate for US Senate in Indiana: "He calls climate change 'the greatest hoax of all time' and says basing energy policy off of it 'is a threat to our national security.' At a news conference last week, he also told reporters, 'I believe God controls the universe…I don't believe biology works in an uncontrolled fashion.'"
  • Todd Akin, Republican candidate running for US Senate in Missouri: He "...has an unusual perspective on climate change. 'In Missouri when we go from winter to spring, that's a good climate change,' he said in 2009. 'I don't want to stop that climate change you know.' Despite confusing the change of seasons in Missouri with global climate change, Akin serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology with Broun."
Somewhat surprisingly to me, not all of the anti-science candidates listed in the article are Republicans.

The 9 Most Anti-Science Candidates in America (Mother Jones)