GOP House candidate Bob Frey believes dinosaurs lived with humans
Frey: "Dinosaurs have always lived with man."
Cartoon by Ken Avidor
Last week, we told you about GOP House candidate Bob Frey's discredited view regarding the link between gay sex and AIDS. Turns out there's more wacky theories where that came from.
The Bluestem Prairie blog unearthed a January 2004 audio clip of Frey claiming that "dinosaurs have always lived with man" during a hearing before the Minnesota Senate Education Committee. To bolster his claim, Frey toted around a gigantic replica of what he claimed was a femur bone from a 16-foot-tall human.
Here's a screengrab of Frey and his fake bone:
And here's audio of Frey's testimony, followed by a partial transcript:
... They like to say that humans probably evolved from bacteria that lived more than four billion years ago, but that's not what we find in the fossil record.
There's this 16-foot tall giant was found with numerous others around the world [Frey placed a large plastic femur on the table before he started testifying].
Dinosaurs have always lived with man. Is the rock wrong or is the theory wrong? I suggest to you that the theory is wrong.
Dinosaurs have always lived with man. And here's a plesiosaur that washed up on the beach on Nova Scotia in 2002. This is a juvenile that also washed up on the beach in Lake Erie.
Frey is so anti-evolution, he even disavows any form of "intelligent design" that ascribes explanatory power to modern science's best theory about how humans got here and where we came from. Another Bluestem Prairie post cites a news report which characterizes Frey's views about intelligent design as follows: "Frey said this theory, referred to as 'intelligent design,' asserts the idea that God created the world and creatures evolved. Frey said he doesn't subscribe to the theory, and he urges Christians to fight to remove evolution from curriculums."
Frey has also linked the teaching of evolution with "increasing teenage sexual activity and a decrease in college-entrance exam scores" and "rising societal violence," according to reports dredged up by Bluestem Prairie.
Frey's views stem from a Genesis passage that says, "There were giants in the earth in those days." But unsurprisingly, the Bible isn't as good at science at figuring these things out.
(For more, click to page two.)
Did humans and dinosaurs live at the same time?
The Flintstones and Alley Oop notwithstanding, the last of the dinosaurs -- with the exception of the birds, which are dinosaur descendants -- died about 65 million years ago. There is no reputable evidence of human life at the time, or at any time until about 2.5 million years ago, the age of the oldest known fossils in the genus Homo.
There have been periodic claims of human footprints, teeth, etc. being found together with dinosaur tracks or other fossils. None of this fossil evidence is credible; all cases of "human remains" from the time of the dinosaurs have been investigated and found to be either forgeries or misidentifications.
We asked Matt Gieseke, the endorsed DFLer running set to run against whoever wins the GOP primary between Frey and Waconia Mayor Jim Nash, what he thinks about Frey's dinosaur views. He sent us this statement:
There are many things I could say about Mr. Frey's 2004 testimony at a Minnesota Senate hearing on scientific standards, but I think I will refrain from belittling myself any further. I will say, however, that this testimony, as well as his previous fatuous comments on homosexuality, paint a clear picture of what he hopes to accomplish at the Minnesota legislature. That is, nothing.
A wise man once said, "true progress is to know more, be more, and to do more."
I think I need not say much else. We need to move forward as a society, not backward. Disagreeing with scientific reality is one thing, but attempting to force others to do the same is completely unacceptable. Again, I am saddened that people like this are even taken seriously, here, in 2014.
Frey isn't the only anti-evolution Republican running for office in Minnesota this year. Earlier this year, the MNGOP's endorsed candidate to try and take incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's job, Aaron Miller, shared a story about a "traumatic" experience his daughter had in school -- she had to learn about evolution.
"There's a war on our values by the government," Miller said. "We should decide what is taught in our schools, not Washington, D.C."
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