The Missouri Republican Senate candidate who asserted that women could not get pregnant through “legitimate rape” shared some more wisdom with a tea party group on Thursday, telling them that evolution was not “a matter of science” because “all of the different things that have to be lined up” to create life.
“I’ve taken a look at both sides of the thing and it seems to me that evolution takes a tremendous amount of faith,” Rep. Todd Akin said in audio of the event obtained by Think Progress. “To have all of the sudden all the different things that have to be lined up to create something as sophisticated as life, it takes a lot of faith.”
“I don’t see it as even a matter of science because I don’t know that you can prove one or the other,” he explained. That’s one of those things. We can talk about theology and all of those other things but I’m basically concerned about, you’ve got a choice between [Democratic Sen.] Claire McCaskill and myself.”
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), who sits on the House science committee with Akin, recently said that evolution and other scientific theories were “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
Listen to this audio, recorded Oct. 11, 2012.
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