October 10, 2006

My brain hurts.

If you've had any doubts about how far to the right debate in the US has been dragged during the last decade or so, a story from Montana should eliminate those doubts toot-sweet.

It seems that Democratic governor Brian Schweitzer had the nerve to suggest — in public, no less — that the Earth wasn't created a few thousand years ago, and that it's a good thing for people to know that the planet is actually billions of years old. The Great Falls Tribune picks up the story:

Speaking to a crowd of school children, parents and teachers in Bozeman on Friday about global warming, Schweitzer asked how many in the crowd thought the Earth was hundreds of millions of years old. Most of the children in the audience raised their hands.

He then asked how many believed the planet was less than a million years old. At least two people, including [GOP state legislator Roger] Koopman, who was in the crowd, raised their hands.

During an interview later with the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Schweitzer noted Koopman?s response. He said some people believe the planet is only 4,000 to 6,000 years old, despite geological evidence to the contrary.

Schweitzer said he needs support from a state Legislature that will help move Montana?s agenda forward, "not people who think the Earth is 4,000 years old."

Koopman called the comments insulting.

This magpie would suggest that the real insult here is the insistence of people like Koopman that the rest of us should have to subscribe to their creationist religious views.

Via Majikthise.

Note for the pedantic: Yes, I do know how to spell tout de suite correctly. I just didn't.

Posted by Magpie at October 10, 2006 06:48 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |