By Henry Decker

5 Anti-Science Congressmen On The House Science Committee

January 14, 2013 4:08 pm Category: Memo Pad 78 Comments A+ / A-

(Photo by Republican Conference/Flickr)

Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and former representative Todd Akin (R-MO) have more in common than a breathtaking lack of knowledge of and political tact on the subject of rape. They are also former colleagues on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

According to a 2009 Pew Poll, only 6 percent of scientists identified themselves as Republicans — and it’s easy to see why. Although Gingrey and Akin have moved on, many of the Republican congressmen in charge of setting the nation’s scientific agenda are openly hostile to overwhelmingly accepted scientific theories.

Here are five proudly anti-science members of the House Science Committee:

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5 Anti-Science Congressmen On The House Science Committee Reviewed by on . (Photo by Republican Conference/Flickr) Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and former representative Todd Akin (R-MO) have more in common than a breathtaking la (Photo by Republican Conference/Flickr) Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and former representative Todd Akin (R-MO) have more in common than a breathtaking la Rating:

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  • bpai99

    Just great and wonderful for the country that these intellectual Neanderthals* are on the House Science Committee.

    Remember the Conservative Creed: “It’s not science unless we choose to believe it!” Look no further for one of the primary reasons the US is losing its global standing in research and production of new science graduates.

    *Apologies to Neanderthals for the association with these buffoons.

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    How the hell did these people ever get into the positions they are in?

    It’s no wonder our country is so far down the list of “educated” countries.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DKWSXHQIDBW5PUAPZ2HZAYYUY Baron Cormac

      Just think of what their districts are like. Ignorance breeds ignorance.

      • latebloomingrandma

        I know. Someone is electing these people. So much for America’s exceptionalism.

    • lana ward

      In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        …and it looks like the evolutionary process of some people stopped shortly thereafter. The issue is not divinity, the point of this article is the potential impact that uneducated members of the Congressional “Science Committee” can have on our ability to progress and compete with European countries, China, Japan, India and others.
        In a Democratic country people have the right whomever they believe best represents their interests and values, that does not mean our leaders should appoint them to committees that have appropriation and oversight authority over critical segments of our economy.

        • lana ward

          Why not, omuslim has the terrorist muslim brotherhood working in the WH. They sure aren’t going to work in Americas’ interest

          • iamproteus

            Lana, I have a serious question for you: do you REALLY believe the nonsense you spread around….or are you being paid to be a seditionist? Just curious, are you a true believer or simply a greedy turncoat?

      • CPANewYork

        You’re an idiot.

        • lana ward

          God can’t make mistakes, but we all have a free will. Is that why you hate him??

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            god can’t make mistakes?

            Please, if you believe what your religion states, he made us. Didn’t he?

            His first few mistakes in order of severity.

            1). Making Man
            2). Making Woman out of Mans Rib
            3). Allowing Woman to Temp Man with the Apple which represents the forbidden knowledge of sex.
            4). Casting out man and woman from Eden because of that knowledge.

            This one might be #3 if you really think about it. Allowing man and woman to have FREE WILL. No god in his right mind would create the very creature that would knowingly disobey his commands.

            I could think of several hundred more.

          • lana ward

            Adam and Eve were PERFECT-but he gave them a free will. And yes he did create everything, and yes he did know they were going to dis obey. Read the Bible. Pray for Gods help while reading. He WILL open your eyes of understanding. The Bible IS alive!!

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            I have several version of your bible in the house. I read them all several times as well.

            I see nothing in them that I would call “Inspired”, though there are many good passages in them.

            The New Testament bible as you know it today wasn’t even composed during Jesus’s day. It is composed primarily of heresay and conjecture from people who didn’t even know him personally 150 years after his death.

            During the next 1500 years it was changed to meet whatever scribe or pope wanted it to portray. Even Mary’s Gospel has been banned from it along with many other gospels. I could very easily post many different websites you can further investigate my claim about this issue on this thread. But, the “monitors” of this website don’t allow posting links to other websites.

            The only time it was “standardized” was when Gutenberg finally mass printed it. For all we know, the bible may have been in many different versions until Gutenberg came on the scene.

            The only part of your bible which has basically stayed the same over the centuries has been the Old Testament. And, that god of the Old Testament was a real bastard.

            The ONLY book(s) I put any faith into is the Fundamentals of Physics and Quantum Mechanics.

          • lana ward

            You’re the bastard!!

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            Thank you:)

            I take that as a compliment considering I didn’t lower myself down to your level of communication.

            Goes to show who the real bastard is.

          • lana ward

            You said God sounds like a real bastard, you CAN’T get any lower than that

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            Well, he was, at least in the Old Testament.

          • iamproteus

            Now, there you go, lana, Michael did NOT say God sounds like a bastard; he said “that god of the Old Testament was a real bastard.” If you can’t help spinning such a simple statement as that, how can we trust you to correctly relay to us the contents of a book such as the Bible? Hmmmm?

          • iamproteus

            See? I told ya!

          • iamproteus

            And what assumption will lana make next? Standby, friends, you can bet she will pull another fresh from her nether regions. Just keep your gas masks at the ready for it will surely stink as much as those which preceded the last!

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        Maybe if we didn’t rely on god so much in our society, we wouldn’t be having as much trouble as we have.

        Remember, if was your stinking religion which held back any progress for civilization for hundreds of years during the Dark Ages, and tortured and killed their own believers along with everyone who didn’t agree with their leaders for 2000 years.

        Read your own history books. You’ll find out that Christianity isn’t all that it’s trumped up to be.

        • lana ward

          We’ll all find out in the end, won’t we

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            This is one of your posts I totally agree with.

            You’re right – we won’t find out until the end.

          • iamproteus

            Indeed we will, Lana. Good luck.

      • Nomoresmoke

        Lana, I have such sympathy for people like you that simplify Biblical teachings and yet never question the Bible or its rationale without argument I offer this for you to argue:
        Were you around when the Declaration of Independence was signed? How do you know it happened? Maybe if you read HISTORY you’d know that Galileo was persecuted for teaching Copernicus’ view of a heliocentric universe.

        As for the bible being around for 2,000 years, it might interest you to know that it came about being chosen arbitrarily during the Council of Nicene by the addition of certain books and chapters and the omission of others, with many more delegated as Apocrypha, or outside writings with many hundreds burned along with the Christian sects that practiced them. The gospels themselves, as is all the bible, is frought with inaccuracies and contradictions. When was Jesus crucified? Was it at the third hour as it says in Mark 15:25 or was it in the sixth hour as it says in John 19:14? Who was the father of Joseph? Was it Jacob as it says in Matthew 1:16 or Heli as Luke 3:23 states? How about the generations between Abraham and David? Matthew 1:17 says fourteen; Matthew 1:2 says thirteen.

        What was the nationality of the woman who approached Jesus to cast out the devils that possessed her daughter? Was she a Canaanite as Matthew 15:22 states or a “Greek, a Syrophenician by nation,” as Mark 7:26 says? When did Jesus heal the leper? Was it after he visited Simon Peter’s house according to Mark 1:29 or before as Matthew 8:13 says? Not to mention that there are two accounts of creation and two accounts of how Judas Iscariot got killed; one of suicide by hanging and in the Acts of the Apostles by falling in a field long after Jesus died and bursting his guts open. And of course the bible is not a book of scientific reference. That’s what we keep telling those creationist nimrods who insist on using it as such.
        Being a Christian is one thing but quoting the Bible to make profound points of science is pure Glen Beck and is the malarkey these five Repukelicans attest to.
        “I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means.”
        - Clarence Darrow, Scopes trial, 1925.

        • lana ward

          Read the Bible, not mans books about the Bible. If you have faith and really want to know what it says, God will open your eyes of understanding. The Bible IS alive

          • iamproteus

            Yeah, Lana and if you don’t get it right, it will bite you in the bupkis! Seriously, though, one would think that if YOU actually read the Bible, you would know what it says. But then, since you don’t seem to have the mental capacity to comprehend the written word, you have no choice but to rely on the likes of Pat Robertson for guidance and THAT explains a lot!

        • ALTreality

          Please don’t feed the illiterate, delusional trolls.

      • 1bythebrooks2

        And who’s to say what God constitutes as a day? You?

        And who’s to say how long the beginning took? You?

        • lana ward

          No one has a clue–only God

          • iamproteus

            And yet, you can’t resist the temptation to expound on that knowledge which you attribute to God and God only? ……OK, whatever.

    • highpckts

      What you said!!!

    • CPANewYork

      Their constituents are just as or more ignorant than they are.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      The funniest, or perhaps not, part of this issue is Michele Bachmann being in the “Intelligence” committee!!!

  • http://twitter.com/SAJP Sa Janes

    I guess these knuckle-draggers want us to get all our science from China from now on, since essentially these baboons want to do away with science altogether in the USA.

    According to Gingrey and Akin, all that America really needs to remain successful and prosperous is a gun and a bible in every home.

    Is there any way we could somehow re-purpose these stinking Limbaugh clones into something at least as useful as carwash soapers?

    • TZToronto

      Limbaugh probably has some idea of how radio works. These people probably don’t understand the first thing about the electromagnetic spectrum–or that something like that actually exists. . . . Is it a tool of the devil, perhaps? Or did God invent it? I guess liberal radio (if it actually exists) is a tool of the devil, but anything that denies what liberals espouse is God’s gift to mankind.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Well, even a Car wash soaper has SOME use.

      These people have absolutely NONE.

      Actually, I can’t say none either. They have some use – showing the rest of us how ignorant some people can be if left to their own devices.

      The main problem is not so much them, but the people who elected them into office in the first place.

      It don’t say a lot for their voter base.

      • jointerjohn

        They don’t actually believe that nonsense they are just playing to their big contributors and their eleven-toed Bible thumping constituents. That is perhaps the saddest part of this story, what intellectual prostitutes these republicans have become. The new look today is that any republican who dares to break from the herd or say what he/she truly believes gets beheaded. The choice of that punitive power structure guarantees that their party can no longer attract anyone of true conscience or conviction, and that will ultimately be their doom. Let them strike these silly positions, it drives new young voters toward the democrat party in droves. These silly fools complain that the democrats appeal to voters by offering entitlement programs, hell, the democrat party appeals to voters because it offers logic, reason and tolerance of opinion. So be it.

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          Getting people to wake up is like trying to pull a Wisdom Tooth.

          People are still driven not by logic or common sense, but with their emotions and fear.

          And, it seems nearly half of our population is pretty dam dumb to boot.

          I thank my lucky stars I don’t have any children – that I know of. I wouldn’t want to raise a kid in this county’s anti-everything climate. If I had a family to take care of, I’d sure be looking for a way out of this country as soon as possible. If for nothing else but for my children’s future.

          This is no place to raise a kid anymore. NOPE!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

        Replying to Michael Kollmorgen -

        Actually, they do serve a good purpose. They are the poster boys of what we DON’T want children to grow up to be like.

  • Progressive Patriot

    This is the pervasive Republican world view. Science is based on money, and beliefs are based on fear.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      IF it were really based on money, these Republicans ought to be going whole-hog on some of these latest ideas.

      There isn’t much more money to be made with “old technology”. But, there stands to be a huge profit in “new technology”, IF it is applied correctly.

      New Climate Change Technology, Fusion Energy Generation and all other forms of Energy Production stands to be huge markets once they are perfected.

      The Problem is, is that these people are heavily invested in industries that are polluters and environmental destroyers; coal, oil, etc. They’d rather see their investment portfolios increase in value, than try and save our mother earth from total destruction.

      Likewise, our educational system(s) is a reflection of their Greed, marginalizing all scientific facts in favor of false information and religious dogma.

      This all eventually shows up in our educational and economic standing in the world. While the rest of the modern world is advancing scientifically, we are retreating back to the days when the church held sway over any inventive and progressive thinking, especially in science, where basic scientific facts were quashed and their proponents were tortured, killed and excommunicated from the church proper.

      Over the centuries it has not been religion that brought us our modern conveniences and progressive lifestyles, especially in the west. Many of our newest technologies came from putting a man on the moon, spaceflight in particular. Many new medicines have been produced from this new technology.

      But, these people want to bring us back to the day when demons were thought to cause diseases.

      This is the sad state of America today……………………..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Jones/827014412 Daniel Jones

    I hyave a solution; if a congressman or senator has a problem with universally tested and proven science, he or she should be **BARRED** from the Science Committee, just like they’d never have accepted an atheist in charge of an interfaith conference on theology.

  • Progressive Patriot

    Michael K…
    For whatever reason, the system would not allow me to respond directly to your thoughtful comments. I thought that your response was correct, thoughtful, and to the point.

    The Repubs are not interested in America. They conflate their own quest for more power and money as “freedom and liberty,” for all, and show very little regard for the principals on which this nation was founded (except for buzz words, and to bang the drums of nationalism in order to stir up their misinformed “base”), and the good of it’s people, or the planet on which we live. I of course am thinking of Wall Street, The Big Banks, Multi-national (of course they don’t care) and Giant corporations; Those like the Koch’s, Walton’s, … They have made themselves the American Aristocracy, purchased our government with their massive wealth, and aim to seal the deal in the coming years. That being said, I think that the anti-science movement is designed to tap into the social issues in order divide and conquer, and allow them to continue to pollute, and not have to invest in green technologies (Very short sighted. Blinded by greed, I guess). If We The People are confused, scattered and ignorant (fox viewers are less informed…), then they can continue to reshape this country according to their own limited self-interest.

    Move To Amend!

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      You are 100% correct.

      This, in nutshell, is exactly what their “hidden” agenda is.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VTV55S5BALQIDBQFOLH7WIZNSA Don B

    Dear God: Save us from Mr. Broun and the other Radical Righties”……It seems that at least four of these five may be getting big donations from the oil and gas industry…..If there is a decline in American education, these five stellar performers are proof.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abraham.medina.3701 Abraham Medina

    Shame…these ignorant lawmakers should go back to High School and learn what Darwin’s Evolution and Natural Selection is all about…Incredible and very embarassing as an American to learn we got uneducated lawmakers in Congress. We hope they don’t get reelected…

  • latebloomingrandma

    I’m assuming the Speaker is responsible for committee assignments? On the other hand, on what committee would you put people this stupid?

    • BarbaraMI

      It almost seems like the Speaker actually has a sense of humor. These five science-deniers on the Science committee, Michelle Bachman on the Intelligence committee

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000145226947 Tessa Strickland Morgan

    How did they idiots end up on this committee???

  • mtooey

    How do we get them off the committee? These people are an embarrassment to our country. They should put down their bible for a few minutes and read a history book or a science book. I have tremendous faith in God but the bible is a two thousand year old instruction manual for life. It was written in storybook form so all people could understand. God intended us to evolve and we have – well that is – most of us have evolved.

  • donbronkema1

    Right–the Heidelberg faction is to blame, not the Neanderthals, who, methinx, are suffering an epiphany [note Ryan].

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

    Paul Broun apparently never read Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

    If that doesn’t describe the Big Bang Theory, I don’t know what does.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      I could accept that statement only IF god could be proven to absolutely exist. And, that depends on which god.

      It can’t, so I won’t.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6CMDMYSZXSFZAW54T3VVSG2VI Mem

    We need a science comittee full o fpeople who are not scientists, Why. ?

  • CPANewYork

    I believe that the United States Congress is filled with undereducated baboons. That’s because a large part of our population consists of undereducated baboons.

  • CPANewYork

    He must have been appouinted by another idiot: Boner.

  • sleeprn01

    I don’t know about dinosaur flatulence since they lived well after the “oxygen revolution”. But I’m sure that the flatulence emanating from these 5 congressmen are contributing to the greenhouse gasses. Perhaps a catalytic converted needs to be attached to their mouth. Again they are reflecting the views of their constituents; frightening.

    • jstsyn

      “the views of their constituents” Now that is scary.

  • http://twitter.com/MortAlcoil1 Mort Alcoil

    When the Catholic Church starts to make more sense on evolution, science, reproduction and climate change than the Republican party, there’s a VERY, VERY big problem with Republicans.

  • http://twitter.com/RobertW49784878 Robert Williams

    I can understand how nutty people can elect nutty people to represent them. My question is: How can people like this be put on the Science Committee? Who nominates them? If it is the all the Republicans in the House, then the whole party is to blame.

  • pangamut

    Only in America could complete science illiterates & deniers be put on the House Science Committee!
    Where they really belong is on the House Committee for Willful Ignorance, Stupidity and Bible Babble.
    Wait … we already have something similar. It’s called the GOP.

  • alumahead

    Quacks.

    But it makes as much sense as having Michelle Bachmann on the House Intelligence Committee.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HKCTSVHCQJCJUU2VYCERLWWDE Richie T

    How many member of Congress are millionaires ?
    How many Republican members claim they’re Christians, they believe in God, Jesus, and the bible.
    The New Testament
    Matthew 19;
    16; Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
    17; “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
    18; “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, “`Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony,
    19; honor your father and mother,’ and `love your neighbor as yourself.”
    20; “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
    21; Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
    22; When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
    23; Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
    24; Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
    25; When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
    26; Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
    27; Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
    28; Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
    29; And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

    How many of them actually believe in taking care of the people that need it the most

    They’re “Christians”
    They believe in God, Jesus, and the bible.
    They know they’ll never get into heaven and don’t care,
    or they’re not and they’re playing games to get votes.
    One or the other, you can’t be both.

  • diverdown48

    Living proof there are idiots in congress.

  • diverdown48

    Dana Rohrabacher R-CA. is right. It really was flatutence from dinosaurs that caused the past changes in climate and now he and his idiot friends are doing the same thing again. However, a recent scientific study found these dinosaurs have smaller brains. Interesting.

  • jstsyn

    And I thought you had to have some semblance of intelligence to be in Congress. Thought Bachmann’s idiocy was rare but evidently runs amuck with republicans. The earth is 9,000 years old……..you’ve got to be just plain stupid to go for that one. We need to test these people, they are dumb enough to be dangerous.

  • Wizstars

    Worst collection of knuckle-dragging nit-wits in Congress–a high achievement for this bunch.

  • onedonewong

    I love it when the left goes squirrely over Evolution an they quote chapter and verse how it occurred until they get to the big bang. When asked how all that matter got there the answer is “it was just there” What a bunch of rubes….

  • emadis41

    Paul Broun claimed “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.”
    OK, the Bible says that it was 6 days, but it did not say how long where these days, does Mr. Broun know? Since the Earth was not created yet, days were more likely different from ours.
    The Bible did not say that the Universe is 9 years old, otherwise tell me where did he read this in the Bible? We are talking about the Bible, which said that Adam lives 930 years, Methuselah lives 1080 years, Noah lived 950 years; apparently they left only 6000 years for all the billions people who followed!
    The historical data tells us that the Egyptian and Sumerian Civilization is more than 6000 years old.
    History, as Science, is based on facts and excavations, and none so fare found to support this 9000 years claims. As for Science, there are theories and there are facts, both are based on research and observation, and both require a great deal of IQ that the GOP lacks.
    As for these GOPers, it is a shame for the Nation to have these five on the Science and Space Committee, they have nothing to do with “Space”, except that empty ones in their head. I do not care if they are Physicians or Lawyers, or which States they came from? certainly they are not educated enough to Chair or set on that Committee.

  • bchrista

    I just the qualifications of Five Teapartiers on the House Science Commitee it is a total disgrace that this country don’t have laws that would these bastards in jail the whole bunch all five of them are only on this commitee thwart any progress that could be advanced over half of them don’t know what the word science means the other half are Bible spouters together you couldn’t get enough energy to blow them to hell, the Republicans keep talking about waste in government all they need to do is look no farther than their party starting with these five if there ever was an individual that you could call a real piece of shit and not be lying you got Five here. You know I have always believe that you can tell about the character of another human is to look them straight in the face, well so far every one that we have made comments about on these pages has the same look they are all sons of a bitches, none of them has soft eyes that exhudesa feeling of trust you can see that they exhibit deviousness, that they are hard men with no real feeling of kindness and if you turned your back to them they would plunge a stilleto between your shoulder blades. They are just out and out bastards with only one thing on their mind and that is to fuck over the little man as much as they can and no remorse about it, people this country will have to go a long way and get rid of these bastards and be extra careful who they vote in before things will get better They are only one course and thatis to distroy America as it is today and shape it to suit themselves, sad to say bad times ahead.

  • bchrista

    You guys are only that bitches fire every time you remark with one of her idealistic lies the best thing to do Brothers is to ignore her and maybe she’ll go away and play with herself all she is doing what she’s doing to agravate you so I say ignore her and let her rant if you don’t answer her she will eventually go play with herself in her sandbox and leave the discussions to adults apparently her parents never taught her manners and not to interupt grownups when they are discussing important matters.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YS3FMLWVZCBQOOINSY4KQBXC6I Piotr

    At least some people in congress aren’t brainwashed global warming believers

  • Nomoresmoke

    I truly apologize. I had forgotten : “God, please save me from your followers!”
    - Bumper Sticker

    The fact that what I wrote came FROM the Bible it still went over her Westboro Baptist Church mentality head….

  • bartskibeat

    The results stemming from such ‘flat earth’ type thinking , ladies & gentlemen; goes far beyond the ‘downing’ of America in relation to the progress of other more enlightened nations, who also elect “sacks of hammers”, but largely tend to elect progressive thinkers who understand that science is never ‘carved in stone’, & is always accepting & welcoming of criticisms based on informed points of view. Think of it this way: there is every possibility that humanity might have had the answers to cancers, heart disease, dementias, & most of the chronic & debilitating pathologies , centuries ago, but for the intransigence of theologies that forbid the basics of understanding the fragile vehicles we call “bodies’; without which we are less than holograms. Anatomic studies were forbidden & if you have no idea what is under the hood, you can’t change spark plugs, can you ! Think of this the next time you or a loved is diagnosed with anything that drastically ends life

  • july860

    Thats what I was wondering; how do these idiots get on the SCIENCE committee, when they are all obviously boneheads. And that one criticizing Michelle Obama-he better look in the mirror!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Key/566887215 Tom Key

    The appointment of men hostile to science reflects badly on the leadership of the GOP. Science is interested in facts. The GOP is interested in Opinions.

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