October 9, 2006
A Koopman for all seasons
Just another crazy day in the life of an American creationist:
A Republican state lawmaker is criticizing Gov. Brian Schweitzer for comments he made to a newspaper here about the lawmaker’s belief that the planet is not millions of years old.
Rep. Roger Koopman, R-Bozeman, called Schweitzer’s statement “incredibly bigoted.”
Speaking to a crowd of school children, parents and teachers in Boze-
man on Friday about global warming, Schweit-
zer asked how many in the crowd thought the Earth was hundreds of millions of years old. Most of the children in the audience raised their hands.
He then asked how many believed the planet was less than a million years old. At least two people, including Koopman, who was in the crowd, raised their hands.
During an interview later with the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Schweitzer noted Koopman’s response. He said some people believe the planet is only 4,000 to 6,000 years old, despite geological evidence to the contrary.
That would be overwhelming geological evidence to the contrary.
Schweitzer said he needs support from a state Legislature that will help move Montana’s agenda forward, “not people who think the Earth is 4,000 years old.”
Koopman called the comments insulting.
“He insulted many Christian people and other people of faith that arrived at that position other than the way I arrived at it,” he said.
… Koopman said his belief in the Earth’s age is not based on his faith, but on his scientific investigations.
By which he means opening the bible and reading from it—preferably aloud in school “science” classes.
This would be the same Roger Koopman who has tried to introduce one law that would require death certificates to be filed for abortions (but not, oddly, for mis-
carriages), and another that would permit guns manufactured in Montana to be sold without serial numbers or background checks. Among many other wacky ideas.
In other words, a 100% fruitcake.
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