Charles Darwin’s theory of the evolution of mankind is over a century and a half old, and Republicans and right-wing pastors can still manage to make it through the school system into adulthood without understanding even the barest outline of it. Herschel Walker recently took the opportunity to showcase that he is among those who haven’t bothered to understand the facts behind the theory, but still thinks he’s found a ‘gotcha’ argument that somehow negates decades of scientific discovery and understanding.
Pro-tip: the theory of evolution does not suggest that mankind evolved from apes. Instead, it asserts, with a large body of evidence, that humans and apes both descend from a common (shared) ancestor. The fact that there are still apes on earth does not disprove the theory of evolution, any more than the existence of your cousin disproves that the two of you share a grandmother.
Still, here’s Walker, a GOP candidate for the United States Senate, declaring that science “at one time” made the claim that “man came from apes” — a falsehood born from an oversimplification — and that this doesn’t make sense to him, since apes still exist.
Herschel Walker, “At one time science said, man came from apes. Did it not? .. If that is true, why are there still apes? Think about it.
Pastor: “Now you’re getting too smart for us here, Herschel.” pic.twitter.com/HWQAiqBmka
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) March 15, 2022
“Somebody had to start it out, so that means there had to be a God…Let me tell you something else I heard. Now think about this, ’cause at one time, science said man came from apes, did it not?…If that is true, why are there still apes? Think about it…If that is true why are there still apes?”
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