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Tony Perkins: More evidence God is behind disasters than climate change

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On February 18th, 2014, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council made the laughable claim that people who accept the scientific consensus regarding evolution and climate change are actually out of step with modern science.

During an appearance on Washington Watch, Perkins claimed that "the theory of evolution just doesn't work when you consider all the holes, look at the fossil record, the molecular isolation, transitional difficulties, irreducible complexity, cyclical change, genetic limits, there are just so many holes and flaws in the evolutionary theory."

Perkins neglected to elaborate on how exactly any of these constituted holes in the theory of evolution, apparently hoping that just name-dropping the concepts by themselves would be a convincing enough.

Perkins blew whatever smidgen of a chance of bluffing he may have had, however, by trying to link his criticism of evolution with the purported flaws in climate change science.

"I remember a few years ago, it might have been Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson, made a reference to a hurricane or a storm being an act of God," said Perkins. "It's interesting that's how we refer to some of these things in our insurance policies — they were ridiculed, saying 'how dumb can you be?' Well, there's more to back that up than to say what's happening in our environment, our climate, is because of people driving Suburbans or coal-fired power plants."

Actually, there was nothing to back that up. Claiming to have something does not magically make it come into being.

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