With Donald Trump making his official vice presidential pick last week, the anti-LGBTQ governor from Indiana, Mike Pence, is back in the political spotlight.
Aside from being known for the governor who fought to allow local businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ citizens of his state, he is also a loud anti-science advocate.
Here are five of the man’s most bizarre beliefs, a few which even go further than the GOP cohorts who are going to eagerly vote for him in November.
5. God created everything, not evolution.This one isn’t so strange. It is actually hard to find a conservative these days who accepts that evolution by natural selection is a fact.
When Pence visited MSNBC in 2009, Hardball’s Chris Matthews asked the governor point blank if he accepted evolution.
Matthews: You want to educate the American people about science and its relevance today. Do you believe in evolution, sir?
Pence: I — do I believe in evolution? I embrace the view that God created the heavens and the earth, the seas and all that’s in them.
Matthews: Right. But do you believe in evolution as the way he did it?
Pence: The means, Chris, that he used to do that, I can’t say. But I do believe in that fundamental truth.
Matthews then realized that Pence may accept evolution, but is too afraid to admit it.
Matthews: I think you believe in evolution but you‘re afraid to say so because your conservative constituency might find that offensive.
Pence: No, I‘ve said to you, Chris, I believe with all my heart that God created the heavens and the earth, the seas and all that is in them.
Pence: How he did that, I‘ll ask him about some day.
At first, it does appear to be a non-answer, as though he is too afraid to say. Yet, when pushed harder, he still won’t accept it, and I must take him at his word.