Anti-science: Conservative Christian congressman Mark Green rejects evolution, promotes creationism, and claims vaccines may cause autism.
At a town hall meeting held with constituents earlier this week, Mark Green, a newly elected congressman from Tennessee, called into question the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data regarding vaccines, ane even more significant, suggested that vaccines cause autism.
At the meeting a woman asked Green about potential cuts to medicare funding for her adult son who is autistic. In reply Green said:
Let me just say this about autism. I have committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the CDC’s desk and get the real data on vaccines. Because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines.
“Let me say this about autism … I have committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the CDC’s desk and get the real data on vaccines,” said Dr. Mark Green, incoming U.S. Representative for Tennessee. pic.twitter.com/Xgyo4jBROM
— Tennessean (@Tennessean) December 13, 2018
Adding insult to injury, Green is a medical doctor. As such, he should know enough basic science to understand that vaccines do not cause autism. However, in addition to being a medical doctor Green is also a dangerous religious extremist who rejects science in favor of religious superstition.
Last year CNN released an audio tape of Green arguing against the theory of evolution and supporting creationism while delivering a lecture in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2015.
In the forty-two minutes of audio Green attacks both the theory of evolution and the theory of relativity, claiming both theories require “a degree of faith.”
Green explains in the audio recording that it is “intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer” that God created the world:
I look at the world around me and I draw the conclusion that it was made. I know God that the next step for me is to pursue you and figure out what it is and why you made me, but before all that, I can’t get away from the fact that you created me, it is intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer.
Green’s arguments against evolution and for creationism are nothing new, and represent the typical arguments given by Biblical creationists like Ken Ham.
In addition to rejecting science in favor of religious superstition, Green also opposes medicaid expansion because it prevents people from finding God.
While serving as a State Senator in Tennessee Green rejected billions in federal medicaid expansion funds because he believed the funding would lead people away from Jesus.
Bottom line: Newly elected congressman Mark Green is a dangerous Christian extremist who rejects evolution, promotes creationism, and claims vaccines may cause autism.