So last night Don McLeroy was on Colbert Report and I happened to catch the episode this morning on Hulu. McLeroy is the former member of the Texas state board of education that used his position to foist his beliefs about evolution and American history on children. He is a young earth creationist and worked to change the science standards in Texas to weaken science standards.
He makes the audacious statement that his position against evolution is because he is a skeptic. This is absurd. He honestly believes that the scientific support for evolution is based upon a liberal conspiracy with the goal of getting rid of his religion. There is a difference between being a skeptic and a conspiracy theorist, and if you listen to anything he has to say on the topic of evolution it is clear he is ignorant about the most basic principles in it.
Here is a great video of him showing how little he understands while he argues that the Cambrian explosion is a problem for evolution because of how quickly animals appeared. Apparently he couldn’t be bothered with doing a Google search to find out that the Cambrian explosion lasted 60 to 70 million years. This is because, in evolution, faster than expected is still pretty damn slow.
He also tried to argue that Thomas Jefferson was a conservative Christian. I think he somehow missed that he was only brought on so that Colbert could make fun of him, every time Colbert asked him a question which would make him look crazy he would simply move on and say something even more ignorant.