Ah, simply what we wanted proper now — Herschel Walker popping out because the anti-science candidate. Perhaps I used to be optimistically ignorant to suppose we’d left mainstream creationism within the twentieth century, however Walker, who has turn into a distinguished conservative political determine in his state and is the main Republican candidate for Georgia’s 2022 Senate opening, has shattered my excessive hopes of widespread primary scientific data. An actual tragedy.
At an occasion over the weekend at Sugar Hill Church in Georgia, Walker blew all of our minds by asking: if “science” says we got here from apes, why are there nonetheless apes? Wow. Actual groundbreaking stuff there. At the least the Sugar Hill pastor thought so, telling Walker, “you’re getting too good for us, Herschel.” The pastor additionally added that the individuals who say that “didn’t learn the identical Bible I did.” You already know, the e-book the place we get most of our scientific info from. Should’ve been a special one which the remainder of us learn! What are the percentages?
Clearly, this was not an correct description of evolution. People and chimpanzees are descended from a typical ancestor, although the 2 species cut up evolutionary paths between 6 and eight million years in the past, per the Smithsonian Institute.
Walker additionally instructed the gathered crowd that science “can’t do” the “conception of a child” as a result of “there needs to be a God.” This seems to have been referring to in vitro fertilization, which has been used within the conception of round 8 million infants since its inception. Not likely positive the place that one got here from — or what it has to do with Georgia politics — however God is aware of I used to be ready with bated breath for Walker’s tackle IVF.
The previous College of Georgia Heisman trophy winner and NFL journeyman (and member of the USA 1992 Olympic bobsleigh workforce) stepped onto the political scene within the 2010s, principally by way of endorsements and speeches of conservative candidates in his state. He gained the eye of Donald Trump, who appointed him to the President’s Council on Sports activities, Health, and Diet in 2018. He additionally served because the honorary co-chair of Kelly Loeffler’s marketing campaign for Senate, the previous co-owner of the Atlanta Dream (and Deadspin’s 2020 IDIOT OF THE YEAR), whose personal workforce overtly campaigned towards her.
Walker can also be a vocal election denier and a January 6 conspiracy theorist, and his Senate run has been endorsed by Trump and Mitch McConnell. If he wins the first, he’ll run towards Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock.