Schweitzer Attacked For Not Believing Earth Only 4000 Years Old

If anyone doubts that this country is divided between the forces of reason and superstition (from AP):

A Republican state lawmaker is criticizing Gov. Brian Schweitzer for comments he made to a newspaper here about the lawmaker‘s belief that the planet is not millions of years old.

Rep. Roger Koopman, R-Bozeman, called Schweitzer‘s statement ”incredibly bigoted.”

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 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.

”He insulted many Christian people and other people of faith that arrived at that position other than the way I arrived at it,” he said.

Schweitzer did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment Sunday or Monday.

Anti-scientific feelings from the religious right? Koopman says he is into scientific investigations:

Koopman said his belief in the Earth‘s age is not based on his faith, but on his scientific investigations.

I’d love to see those “scientific investigations.” Sounds like the kind of “science” which comes out of the Discovery Institute. Speaking of the Discovery Institute:

Koopman had initially planned to introduce a bill during the 2005 Legislature allowing the teaching of the controversial ”intelligent design” theory, and other alternatives to evolution, in public schools. He never pursued the measure and said he has no plans to introduce a similar bill in the next session if re-elected.

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    kj says:

    Koopman sounds like a natural for “Science Smience”

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