Rios: ‘Real Experts’ Reject Evolution

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association has no background in science whatsoever, but like most fundamentalist Christians that doesn’t stop her from declaring that virtually every biologist, geologist, geneticist, paleontologist, and anthropologist in the world is wrong about evolution.

“There is no scientific evidence” to substantiate evolution, she said, at least according to “the real experts.” So why has this stunning revelation that the foundational theory behind modern biology has been refuted not percolated through the scientific community? Well, Rios explained, that’s because evolution has become a sacred, religious tenant.

“Evolution has become the religion of the elite,” Rios said. “It’s a religion to the [level of] fanaticism of what they would say was the people at the Scopes monkey trial, the Christians waving their Bibles who were not really thinking through the facts, they were just outraged because it was against God’s law. The truth of the matter is that the evolutionists like George Will, waving their evolutionary theory, have become as rabid and unreasoned as what they accuse the Scopes monkey religionists of doing to Darwin during that time. It has become a religion. Science has disproven so much of evolution…. These guys are wrong, Scott Walker is right.”

And she defines a “real expert,” of course, as someone who rejects evolution. And isn’t it amusing hearing Christians declare that a belief they disagree with is a religion and is therefore wrong? Oh, that’s right — they think Christianity is not a religion. Like Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland, words mean whatever they declare them to mean at any given time.

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  • John Pieret

    Real Experts.” Like Ken Ham and Ray Comfort, no doubt.

  • Synfandel

    …a sacred, religious tenant.

    Like the Pope in Casa Santa Marta.

  • theschwa

    Look, it is easy: science is an easy subject that anyone, regardless of education or knowledge on the subject, can explain/refute. The Bible, on the other hand, is a complex, simple, easy-to-understand, mystery that only experts (preachers) can properly interpret and/or explain. If you point out an APPARENT ugly act by God, or a SUPPOSED contradiction, that just shows you do not have the requisite knowledge to PROPERLY understand God’s holy, unerring, perfect word. Amen,

    Now, let me tell you how my pastor explained why climate change is false…

  • d.c.wilson

    Christianists love to call science a religion. It’s easier than looking at the evidence. That’s hard work and requires them to actually understand what they’re talking about. Much easier to just equate it with their own bullshit and call it a day.

  • eric

    No problem, science is big enough to handle radical “you’re wrong” hypotheses. When the DI puts out a better cheaper annual flu vaccine based on ID principles, let us know.

  • Modusoperandi

    She’s got a point. You elitists have Evolutionism as your religion. You have your own God/s/ (Darwin, yourselves), churches (the library, government schools, legislatures, activist courts) and even your own holy text (books).


    Real Americans™ know that expertise comes from not knowing what the fuck you’re talking about.

  • Larry

    The “real experts” are equivalent to the “real killer” during the O.J. Simpson l’affaire. Neither exists except in the minds of those who want, or even, need, them to exist. The rest of us, solidly grounded in the real world, know better.

  • colnago80

    Re Modusoperandi @ #6

    Real Americans™ know that expertise comes from not knowing what the fuck you’re talking about.

    Modus wins today’s Internet.

  • Nemo

    What’s Scott Walker meant to be right about? Last I heard, he was dodging the evolution question.

  • Area Man

    Evolutionists like George Will? I’m inclined just to let those two fight it out. We’ll make sure to attend to the wounded survivor.

  • dingojack

    Area Man – would that be ‘survival of the fatuous’?


  • Nemo

    BTW, there are probably a lot of people — not biologists, but ordinary folks, and people like George Will, who have only a dim understanding of science — who do accept evolution on faith, basically. They couldn’t defend it in any detail when challenged by a well-armed creationist, not because it’s indefensible, but just because they don’t know enough about it themselves. And let’s face it — there’s a good chance that this is the only kind of evolutionist that Sandy Rios has ever met.

    Of course, if she ever read a book besides the Bible, she might get a better picture…

  • Helge

    The RightWingWatch article would have been better if they hadn’t said “tenant” instead of “tenet.” Sorry. I’ll shut up now.

  • sinned34

    Nemo, I highly doubt Sandy Rios actually reads the Bible.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Nemo, while I understand what you’re saying, I am not comfortable with saying that these folks accept science on faith. They accept science for the same reason we rational folks usually accept the mainstream ideas of all scientific fields as well as other evidence-based areas of study such as history, economics, etc. They work.


    But I acknowledge the parallel between Fundamentalists and political ideologues accepting what the moral authorities of their tribe claim, and what rational people accept in fields in which they are not expert.

  • tuibguy

    @Helge – that bothers me, too.

  • caseloweraz

    @Tuibguy: Yes, it’s disappointing when someone on our side flubs up the grammar, spelling, or vocabulary.