The Republican presidential candidates have never been strong in the science department, but in last night’s debate, their nonexistent understanding of biology led to the inventing of “evidence.” Mike Huckabee said that “Life begins at conception. This isn’t just a Biblical view — it’s affirmed by modern science and every unique human DNA schedule, which is present at conception.”
Let us be very clear. There is no such thing as a DNA schedule, and it is astonishing to think that there are now thousands of Americans who believe this because a man with a degree in religion said it on television. Duke University geneticist Misha Angrist said that “I have no idea what he’s talking about…but ‘DNA schedule’ has real potential as a name for a band, an app or maybe an erectile dysfunction drug.”
It’s just the latest in a series of pseudo-scientific inventions that Republicans spout off to prove their points. They have little basis in reality but can be very harmful in the damage they cause by misleading people and by undermining the validity of real science. The Republican candidates are throwing their lot in on the social issues because they have no other real alternatives on issues of substance, like the economy or foreign policy. It is an absolute disgrace that these uneducated fools are elected officials, let alone being taken seriously as contenders for the leader of the free world.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.