While presidential elections get most of the attention, the truth of the matter is state and local elections have a much bigger impact on most of our lives. This has been evident over the last several years as Republican state legislatures have continually worked to try to alter history books or push creationism into science classes.
Well, a Mississippi lawmaker is trying to find a way that would allow teachers to essentially spit in the face of science by allowing them to promote creationism over evolution and anti-climate change propaganda over the overwhelming amounts of scientific data that exist showing that climate change is, in fact, real.
Republican Rep. Mark Formby wants to pass a bill that would allow teachers to address and question the “weaknesses” of existing scientific theories.
Essentially he wants to allow teachers to cast as much doubt as possible in their classrooms concerning scientific theories by pushing creationism and other anti-science beliefs without the fear of facing repercussions for doing so.
“I just don’t want my teachers punished in any form or fashion for bringing creationism into the debate. Lots of us believe in creationism,” Formby said. “To say that creationism as a theory is any less valuable than any other theory that nobody can scientifically prove I just think is being closed-minded.”
Yes, that’s him literally saying that there’s “science” behind creationism. By the way, this is the same creationism that’s based entirely on a book that provides exactly zero evidence whatsoever.
Now, do many scientific theories carry with them 100 percent certainty? No. But they also didn’t just pull these theories out of a hat and go, “There! That’s what we’re going to believe!” These theories have been tested, re-tested, scrutinized and studied for years if not decades. To become a widely accepted scientific theory or fact takes an incredible amount of research and verification by some of the world’s smartest people.
To believe that the Earth is 6,000 years old takes borderline insanity and isn’t supported by a shred of scientific data that’s seen as credible by anyone other than creationists. I hate to sound like an incredibly closed-minded person, but I cannot take seriously anyone who believes that the Earth is 6,000 years old.
But this is the sort of nonsense we’re seeing play out more and more. Republicans are chipping away at facts that don’t support their warped ideologies by trying to alter history and science books to include or omit information to support their idiocy. This includes wanting people to believe the Confederacy had nothing to do with slavery or that evolution isn’t a credible scientific theory, among many other things.
While one Republican in Mississippi might not seem like much of a story, it is. It’s one here, one there, and before you know it – states all over the country have quickly and quietly gutted history and science to such an extent that you can’t even call the books they’re using in school history or science books.
We have to wake up to this danger to our education. While it’s easy to elect a president every four years, many of the real political battles we need to be fighting are happening within our own neighborhoods, cities and states. And those are the battles where Republicans are dealing crushing blows to Democrats and progressive causes.