Why are they afraid of it?
Is it because their base is suspicious of anyone who accepts scientific facts?
I don't get it.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was afraid to answer a question about his acceptance of Evolution as a scientific fact. And he was a BIOLOGY SCHOLAR at Brown University! It's madness! And it appears his fear of losing an uneducated base is the reason he is willing to deny what every biologist understands and accepts:
Evolution is real. It's not a matter of "believing" in it, since Evolution is not dogma, it's scientifically provable. If it's a matter of Jindal's fear that religious people will abandon him and his party, I've got news for him: the Catholic Church accepts evolution as scientific fact, as do many other Christian religions, with the exception of the extreme evangelical/fundamentalists. Shouldn't a "scholar" be concerned about bringing his followers into the light instead of keeping them in the dark?
Apparently not. His political ambitions trump science and reality. Pity. But thankfully we know he'll never be president.
From Crooks an Liars:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dodged three questions on Tuesday about whether he personally believes the theory of evolution explains the presence of complex life on Earth.
"The reality is I'm not an evolutionary biologist," the Republican governor and possible 2016presidential hopeful told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
"What I believe as a father and a husband is that local schools should make decisions on how they teach," he said. "And we can talk about Common Core and why I don't believe in a national curriculum. I think local school districts should make decisions about what should be taught in their classroom. I want my kids to be exposed to the best science, the best critical thinking..."
From The Raw Story: "In 2008, Jindal was instrumental in the passage of the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allowed science teachers in public schools to veer away from the established science in biology courses. Under the Act, teachers can use the Bible, creationist tracts and other literature to 'supplement' their teaching about how life evolved on Earth."
That would be like having astrologists "supplement" what astro-physicists teach their students about the cosmos!
Creationism is not science, it's religion.
And it isn't just Gov. Jindal who's willing to make a fool of himself over this subject. One would think a doctor would know better than to say these things in public (unless he too is looking to keep a religious base happy and ignorant for his political ambitions.)
Ben Carson: Evolution A Myth Because 'God Can Create Anything At Any Point In Time’
From American Conservative: "Carson has not kept his views on biology and geology secret. But since he’s new to the national scene, many will find this a baffling revelation. As in: how can this brilliant scientific mind entertain an outlandish theory that virtually none of his peers shares? Or as Washington Post reporter Valerie Strauss implies: how can such an accomplished medical professional reject 'Darwin’s theory of evolution, which is the central principle that animates modern biology, uniting all biological fields under one theoretical tent, and which virtually all modern scientists agree is true?' ”
How can this "brilliant scientific mind" entertain an outlandish theory that virtually none of his peers shares?
I'd say because Dr. Carson doesn't have a "brilliant scientific mind," but rather a brilliant ability to perform intricate mechanical surgeries. And that doesn't require a knowledge of scientific fact or theories.
The geek who helps me with my pc probably doesn't know the physics of gallium nitride, "a binary III/V direct bandgap semiconductor commonly used in bright light-emitting diodes since the 1990s. The compound is a very hard material that has a Wurtzite crystal structure. Its wide band gap of 3.4 eV affords it special properties for applications in optoelectronic, high-power and high-frequency devices. For example, GaN is the substrate which makes violet (405 nm) laser diodes possible, without use of nonlinear optical frequency-doubling."
And my favorite geek doesn't have to know that in order to convert my Microsoft Works 7 files to my new Microsoft Word software.
Dr. Ben Carson may be a brilliant surgeon, but he's not a brilliant politician. He's not going to be POTUS. Ever.
His denial of scientific facts has guaranteed that. But that isn't the only reason. He's said things that are goofy:
"The co-director of Johns Hopkins University's sexuality studies program is speaking out against his colleague Dr. Ben Carson's recent comments comparing supporters of marriage equality to members of NAMBLA and practitioners of bestiality.
"I don't think most people at Hopkins think what he says on this subject matters," Professor Todd Shepard, co-director of the university's Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, said in a statement to Media Matters.
"They make him look nasty, petty, and ill-informed. It doesn't tell us anything about his amazing abilities as a surgeon. It does remind us, however, that those abilities do not mean we should listen to what he says in any other domain."
Please go HERE and read "There's a Method to Jindal's Madness" by Nancy LeTourneau @Horizons.