Life in Hell: Senate Candidate asks “Why are there still Apes?”

March 15, 2022

And you thought that was only something you’d hear in a moronic discussion on your Cousin Fuzzy’s Facebook page.
Nope, now it’s part of the Senate campaign.

Huffington Post:

Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker cast doubt on the theory of evolution in recent remarks, saying the fact that apes and humans coexist disproves accepted science. 

“At one time, science said man came from apes, did it not? … If that is true, why are there still apes? Think about it,” Herschel said in an appearance at Sugar Hill Church in Georgia on Sunday. 

“Now you’re getting too smart for us, Herschel,” lead pastor Chuck Allen responded.

Walker is currently the front-runner in the GOP contest to challenge Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) in November. He’s a former NFL star who has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, and he’s outspoken about his Christian faith.

Walker is hardly the first GOP candidate who has run for office questioning evolution. 

Humans did not evolve from the apes that you see at the zoo. Rather, humans and apes have a common (and now extinct) ancestor that lived roughly 10 million years ago. Technically, all humans are apes, but that doesn’t mean that chimpanzees are one step away from becoming people. Walker’s summary of evolution is incorrect, and there’s nothing incompatible about humans coexisting with other apes.

Note: Mr Walker is not the first Georgia politician to be science-challenged.

Talking Points Memo:

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) tore into scientists as tools of the devil in a speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet last month.

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” Broun said. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

According to Broun, the scientific plot was primarily concerned with hiding the true age of the Earth. Broun serves on the House Science Committee, which came under scrutiny recently after another one of its Republican members, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses against pregnancy.

“You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth,” he said. “I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.”

Broun — a physician, with an M.D. and a B.S. in chemistry — is generally considered to be among the most conservative members of Congress, if not the most. He drew national attention in 2010 for saying he did not know if President Obama was an American citizen.

In his defense, Mr Walker has a record that shows he is most definitely qualified to be an evangelical preacher.

Huffpost again:

Walker remains the front-runner in the race despite facing domestic violence allegations.

In their divorce proceedings, his ex-wife alleged that he displayed “physically abusive and threatening behavior” during their marriage. In one instance, she said, he pointed a gun at her head and said, “I’m going to blow your … brains out.” 

Two other women have also claimed that Walker threatened them.

In a December interview with Axios, Walker said he has struggled with mental health issues and is “accountable” for his past actions, without going into specifics about his behavior toward his ex-wife. 

8 Responses to “Life in Hell: Senate Candidate asks “Why are there still Apes?””

  1. valuethefuture Says:

    Herschel Walker: “My parents once told me I’m descended from my grandparents, did they not? If that’s true, why do I have cousins? Think about it.”

    “MISTER Broun! When I said I made it all in six ‘days’ and that I formed you lot from the dust of the earth the way a potter forms clay, I was being POETIC! For the sake of folks who wouldn’t get around to inventing a microscope or a cyclotron—much less imagining descent with modification for reproductive success—for another three thousand years! Sure took ya long enough, by the way. But I’d given y’all the curiosity and the smarts to eventually figure out how to find and understand the clues I left absolutely EVERYWHERE of how I did it! So you could solve the mystery on your own! Fossils in rocks? Radioactive decay? Hydrogen/helium ratio in the universe? Clearly-related DNA in EVERY cell of EVERY living being in the world? I go to all that trouble and THIS is the thanks I get? Y’ungrateful little twerp.” —God

    I know I’m revealing my age here, but I come across crap like this in people who think they’re fit to govern our country, and I just keep seeing Ted Cassidy as Lurch, shaking his head and groaning.

  2. painedumonde Says:

    It is a long road. There used to be hundreds of gods, now there are few. But astonishingly, there remain challenged humans. I’m one.

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Dogs descended from wolves. That’s why there aren’t any wolves.

  4. Evolution maybe passed politician of certain parties.

  5. Bryson Brown Says:

    Evolution denial is climate denial’s older cousin (sadly, vaccine denial is even older…).

  6. jimbills Says:

    One of our current Senators:
    The Guardian: Manchin ‘very reluctant’ on electric cars in ominous sign for Biden’s climate fight.

    He talks about how gas stations starting up in the early 20th century were purely free market as an argument against funding for EV charging stations now, but he ignores the facts that 1) gas stations brought higher profits directly to certain companies that had full control of the product sold (in other words, they had an enormously higher profit motive), whereas charging stations have to draw from the grid and make hilariously little profit in comparison, and 2) the U.S. government DID support the oil and gas companies in a major way by building the massive U.S. road system and many other policies that favored their industry for over a century.

    What’s doubly frustrating is that this guy won’t even support the one technology for fighting climate change that would also benefit his beloved WV coal industry.

  7. al mar Says:

    You know I’ve heard pastors say the Protestant church came out of the Catholic church. If that were true why are there still Catholics?

  8. J4Zonian Says:

    Kittens come out of cats. Why are there still cats?

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