Creationism is becoming a controversial issue in the Montana gubernatorial race.
That’s because the Republican challenger, Greg Gianforte, is a Christian whose family foundation has donated money to the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum, a local Creation museum. A couple of years ago, students at Montana Tech even protested the fact he was delivering the engineering school’s commencement address because he didn’t accept science.
Now, Montanans for Truth in Public Schools, a political action committee, has released an ad featuring Montana State University paleontologist Jack Horner (a man who “consulted with Steven Spielberg on the Jurassic Park movies”) talking about how Gianforte’s rejection of science should be a warning sign for all voters:
Kids love learning about dinosaurs and the millions of years ago that they lived. And their names!
Greg Gianforte seems to think the world is only a few thousand years old. He supports using our tax dollars to fund private schools that obscure the truth about dinosaurs and the age of the Earth.
He’ll say I’m attacking his religion — I’m not. We just need to make sure that our kids learn the truth. I’d think twice about voting for Greg Gianforte.
How about that? A political commercial that goes after a candidate for being a science denier? Incumbent Governor Steve Bullock ought to be thrilled.
Gianforte’s campaign dismissed the ad while trying to sidestep the candidate’s Creationism:
Gianforte campaign spokesman Aaron Flint on Wednesday called the ad silly and said it misrepresents Gianforte’s strong support of public schools and teachers.
“From his personal support of CodeMontana, computer science in every high school, support for more trades education and more — Greg is proposing increasing investments in our public schools once he’s elected governor,” Flint said.
Gianforte does not have an opinion on the Earth’s age, Flint said. Regarding Gianforte’s views on evolution, Flint forwarded a comment made last year by Gianforte in which he said, “I believe young people should be taught how to think, not what to think, and a diversity of views are what should be presented.”
That last line is code for letting public schools teach Creationism alongside evolution, as if faith-based bullshit has any place in a science class. There’s a reason Aaron Flint couldn’t say “Greg Gianforte is committed to making sure students learn proper science.” It’s because that’s just not true. Gianforte, like Ken Ham and other Creationists, wants to indoctrinate kids in Christian mythology under the guise of “teaching the controversy.”
There’s no controversy. There’s just science and nonsense masquerading as science. Gianforte wants children in Montana to be confused instead of accepting the evidence. He doesn’t care about their education. And that’s a damn good reason Montanans should stay the hell away from him this November.
(Thanks to Dan for the link)