A recent Pew Research Poll found that only 43% of Republicans believe in the theory of evolution, and number that's dropping every time Republicans are polled on the matter. Even fewer of them believe in man-made climate change, and while that's probably due to the same genetic error that makes them believe in mythical, imaginary friends in the sky, it's just a symptom and not the subject at hand.
Think about the evolution thing for a minute. I mean, the science on evolution is settled. No serious biologist would try to insist that evolution is a bogus theory. And yet, fewer than half of the Republicans polled on the subject believe evolution exists in nature.
Even if you can look at the GOP and not be struck by how willfully ignorant most of the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing troglodytes truly are, it's difficult to imagine an educated adult finding reasons to refute biological evolution. But they're out there, apparently by the millions.
One of them, a particularly nasty asshole by the name of Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, has made it clear that in his opinion no one who believes in evolution should be allowed to hold public office in America. It's one of his few public pronouncements that doesn't involve gay-bashing, but maybe he was distracted. He had this to say about people and the theory of evolution:
“We don’t share ancestors with apes and baboons. In fact, I would suggest to you if a politician, if somebody wants to be, wants to exercise political power, and he is an evolutionist, he is disqualified from holding political office in the United States of America because he does not share the political worldview that established the United States of America, and made it the greatest nation in the history of the planet.” [SOURCE]
I shit you not.
If you believe in scientific fact, you can't hold public office.
Reminds me of the law (still on the books in Tennessee) that says a person must believe in a higher authority (some sort of God thing) in order to hold public office in this state.
If you're wondering why the Republicans you encounter seem to be slightly less bright than your average brain damaged punch-drunk old boxers you see in interviews, it's because they want to be surrounded by their peers. That explains their party affiliation, in a nutshell.
Why anyone would want to be associated with people so stupid they're a hazard to themselves and the planet is beyond me, but there you go.