Young Earth Creationist will run Arizona Senate education panel

Sylvia Allen, the GOP state Senator from Snowflake, AZ, believes the Earth is 6,000 years old. She will run the state Senate's committee to oversee educational legislation.

Allen also believes in chemtrails and mandatory church attendance.

She has promised to "focus on parents' responsibility in their children's education" -- a dogwhistle for those who advocate for abstinence-only sex education as well as a ban (or limits) on teaching evolution through natural selection as the origin of humankind.

Senate President Andy Biggs on Monday named Allen to lead a committee that acts as a gatekeeper for education-related legislation, such as Common Core and spending. Allen succeeds Sen. Kelli Ward, who resigned last week to run full-time in next year's GOP primary against Sen. John. McCain.

"She understands what Arizona students and parents need in our education system," Biggs said in a prepared statement. "She is a very experienced legislator and I know she will do a wonderful job."

AZ lawmaker who believes Earth 6,000 years old leads education panel [Brahm Resnik/12 News]

(via Reddit)

(Image: State Senator Sylvia at the Nullify Now! event, Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA)

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  1. Sorry AZ boingers - but this is proof that Americans get the government they deserve.

    Sadly, we deserve Trump as well - but I sure hope that doesn't happen....

  2. Someone should print up t-shirts that say, "This is America. I do not love guns, don't eat meat, support peace, speak whatever language I feel like and don't believe in God. If you don't like this LEAVE!"

  3. It's fucking stupid. I've travelled pretty extensively "abroad" - more than the average American for sure - and in every single country people speak English to us happily though it's not their primary language. I hear multiple languages at hotel front desks and restaurants. Signs in multiple languages. And I understand all the fundamental reasons behind all that - not the least of which, finding a common language to speak. We were in a restaurant in Prague one time and this big table of people were there for a business dinner and I heard 5 languages. But commonly, they spoke to the group in English. Makes sense.
    But in other countries, people aren't total dickbags about having to use something else to communicate. Or hearing it.
    I don't get the feeling there are a lot of assholes with Facebook memes like we have here - "This is America, why do I have to press ONE for English??" Fuck off.

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