Todd Akin: No ‘Science’ Behind Evolution
By Amanda Peterson Beadle on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:15 am
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has had trouble with facts about reproduction. He said in August that women cannot get pregnant from “legitimate rape” because “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.” And in 2008, Akin claimed that it is “common practice” for women “who are not actually pregnant” to get abortions.
Now, the GOP Senate candidate who’s running against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said last night at a Tea Party meeting in Jefferson City, Missouri, that there’s no science behind evolution:
[quote]AKIN: I don’t see it as even a matter of science because I don’t know that you can prove one or the other. That’s one of those things. We can talk about theology and all of those other things but I’m basically concerned about, you’ve got a choice between Claire McCaskill and myself. My job is to make the thing there. If we want to do theoretical stuff, we can do that, but I think I better stay on topic.
Listen here: (audio at link)
Akin is far from the first member of his party to doubt the scientific evidence behind evolution. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), a physician who sits on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, last week said that “evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory” are “lies straight from the pit of hell.” And during the GOP presidential primary, Michele Bachmann said schools should teach students the creationist theory of intelligent design.
Evolution is a major underpinning of modern science, but many Republicans are espousing anti-science ideas while they’re supposed to be crafting science-based U.S. policies to stop global warming.
This comment will only help him with voters. His views are popular on this topic, especially in MO.
[quote] I don’t see it as even a matter of science because I don’t know that you can prove one or the other.
Science almost never sets out to PROVE anything. The word "prove" isn't usually part of the scientific vocabulary. This, of course, leads the right-wing nitwits to cry, "It's not proven! It's just a theory! It's bullshit!" To them, anything that is a scientific "theory" is just a crazy, made-up explanation. But in order for something to rise to the the level of a scientific theory, it has to be supported by a strong body of concrete evidence, with almost no evidence to contrary. Evolution and global warming are two examples of things that are supported by a strong body of concrete evidence, with almost no evidence to the contrary.
It's alarming that we have congressmen sitting on the Science committee who don't even understand what science is.
Is it possible he continues to throw these crazy things out there to prove how stupid the people of Missouri are that they will still vote for him?
No wonder the US is behind China, Japan Eric when it comes to science.
Source: Kansas City Star
Ignited by the controversy that cost their candidate the backing of national GOP leaders, conservative and anti-abortion women rallied Wednesday in Kansas City to support U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin.
Akin’s “six seconds of misspeaking, I think, did us all a favor because, ladies, I don’t think we’d be here otherwise,” said former Arkansas first lady Janet Huckabee, speaking to about 130 supporters, mostly women, at the Clarion Hotel Sports Complex.
The wife of 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee added: “People made me mad when they kicked our man when (he was) down. It’s as simple as that. You expect it from your enemy. You don’t expect it from your own.”
Following Akin’s comment in an August TV interview that pregnancies were rare among victims traumatized by “legitimate rape,” the National Republican Senatorial Committee swore off funding his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney urged Akin to drop out of the race.
Todd Akin is very typical of how most American voters actually think. That is why he still has a good chance of winning.
100% of the intelligent design people believe in Jesus. Have they ever proven he exists? In my book, God and Jesus are just theories.
I've never seen a monkey turn into a human before my eyes!
This guy should not be running for dog catcher.
The "theory" of evolution is actually not theory anymore, it is fact by virtue of genomic science. Our knowledge of genetics and genomics has pretty much put to rest any doubt in the evolution of species. We not only know our common species ancestors, but we know how old the human species is, where it began, and when and where it spread across the world. We know all this from genetics. And we know it about a lot more than just humans and other primates.
The idiocy of this fellow and politicians and others like him is, well, idiotic.
Oh sure, Charlie. Next you'll be saying global warming is real too.
It is of course, and cause by carbon emissions from fossil fuel easily measured in the atmosphere: common knowledge among climate scientists and a lot of people who know how to reada and think and process information.
But I think you are being sarcastic R11.
Did you know that even the fucking Pope thinks evolutionary science is compatable with the spirit of the Christian Bible? (And we of course know that ole queen holds a number of other beliefs that qualify him for Tea Party membership- not that he would deign to mix with them.)
Evolution is about as pure an expression of science as there is.
If you deny evolution, you essentially deny all of science.
No matter how many times you try to convince yourself, the emperor is NOT wearing clothes
He is a typical American.
Anyone who has spent even 5 minutes in Misery/Missouri knows that Akin is just expressing what all the voters of that sad state believe. There is no bigger shit hole on the planet than St Louis.
R16 has never been in the State of Tennessee. It is like an explosion of shithole towns and cities.