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HorrifiedHeartlander posted a topic in EducationConsider this to be my followup post to my introduction as a member. The following video features a presentation by the running mate of a presidential candidacy which posits the heart of a current populist movement sweeping the country, now. I feel the narrator does not sufficiently respect the sincere efforts of millions of Americans to reconcile their personal faith with the best understood outcomes of the physical sciences. Nonetheless, it reveals a bias by a powerful individual that I would think all the readers here would find disturbing. Then Rep. Mike Pence reads a statement into the Congressional record on July 2002. When considering support and a vote for a candidacy rooted in a true populist candidacy, this is a deal breaker for me. Don't tell me about how people change, I remember the folks who ultimately choked on the words about the "new Nixon". At any time in the 20th century, when have we needed the broad spectrum of public policy in our nation to advance the spread of scientific literacy more than we do now? This is prima facie evidence that we would benefit by only the contrary regarding the current movement in consideration. Consider the Republican Party platform of 2016. Donald Trump, its candidate, allowed carte blanche to Tony Perkins, leader of the American Family Council to contrive significant portions of intended policy pursuits. In keeping with “the bible is the Constitution and god runs America theme,” the religious Republican platform wants “teaching of the Bible in public schools; because a good understanding of its contents is indispensable for the development of an educated citizenry.” The American Family Council has been identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Intolerance and a bias toward religious dogma in this movement trump the time honored pursuits of best understandings of our physical reality and expectations for the future. Will you be a part of it? Within 2 years will you do the face palm of "what was I thinking?"? I know people who voted for Dubya in both 2000 and 2004 who consider those gestures as blots on their abilities for rational considerate judgement. Is that what you want for yourselves? Happy Halloween and think carefully, friends!