Several of our clandestine operatives have been urging us to write abut Josh Brecheen, an apparently crazed individual who was somehow elected to the Oklahoma state legislature. This is his campaign website: Josh Brecheen, State Senate. It says, with our bold:
Josh Brecheen, age 31, a fourth generation rancher of Coal County wants to be your State Senator. He is a product and advocate of traditional conservative values. Growing up breaking horses, bailing/hauling hay and working in a family owned John Deere Dealership … Josh is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he earned a dual degree in agricultural communications and animal science. … Josh also worked for the world’s third largest Christian summer camp, Kanakuk, for three consecutive summers as a counselor and “Dock Daddy” (1999-2001) …
Josh was also part of the Oklahoma State University NCAA mascot crew that worked with the horse “Bullet” in 2000 and 2001. … In 2000, Josh was employed by Swinford Trailers in Morrison, Oklahoma as a agricultural sales/trade show representative, whereas [sic] Josh sold industrial and agricultural implements (tractors, livestock trailers, utility trailers, etc.) for almost two years.
Here is the tractor salesman’s page at the Legislature’s website: Senator Josh Brecheen. It doesn’t contain any information — like his brain — but we assume that some staffer will solve the website problem. The brain problem is probably incurable.
Despite the urging of our operatives, we’ve resisted writing about this guy because up to now he hasn’t done anything — other than make a fool of himself by babbling creationist idiocy. Oklahoma’s legislative session runs from February through May, and we thought we could wait a bit before turning our attention to Josh.
But we sense that The Force is strong in this one, so we shall wait no longer. In the Durant Daily Democrat of Durant, Oklahoma we read Brecheen discusses evolution and Darwinian Theory, by State Senator Josh Brecheen. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us, and bear in mind that this is in Josh’s own words:
One of the bills I will file this year may be dismissed as inferior by “intellectuals” so I wanted to devote particular time in discussing it’s merits. … It is an attempt to bring parity to subject matter taught in our public schools, paid for by the taxpayers and driven by a religious ideology. I’m talking about the religion of evolution. Yes, it is a religion. The religion of evolution requires as much faith as the belief in a loving God, when all the facts are considered (mainly the statistical impossibility of key factors).
As you can see, Josh is like all the other imbeciles who write those letters-to-the-editor that we always ridicule, except that this guy somehow managed to get himself elected as a state Senator. It’s painful to read through his article, because we’ve dealt with this stuff so often before. What we’ll do is select a few sentences from various paragraphs and string them together. Here’s a sample of what awaits you when you click over there to read it all:
Ideologues teaching evolution as undisputed fact are not teaching truth. Renowned scientists now asserting that evolution is laden with errors are being ignored. … The whole basis for evolution is gradual differences and changes to be confirmed by modified fossils (phyla cross-over).
Wait! We must interrupt to deal with that last howler. What kind of fossil would confirm “phyla cross-over”? Something like a centaur? No, that’s a mythical half-man and half-horse, but man and horse are both mammals. How about a Pegasus? No, as crazy as such a hybrid would be, that (like a dragon or a mermaid) is just a mythical combination of vertebrates — they’re all of the phylum Cordata and not even close to being examples of cross-phylum creatures. What does Josh have in mind?
Perhaps he’s thinking of a fossil that’s half-rat and half-spider, or maybe half alligator and half oyster. He’s correct of course; no such fossils exist. If they did they’d demolish — not confirm — everything we know about evolution. But let’s give the man credit: Josh’s “phyla cross-over” concept may be his unique contribution to the literature of creationism.
Evolution does, of course, mean that the various phyla have common ancestry, but once established as separate branches on the tree of life, which can require millions of generations, the species in one phylum can’t cross-breed with those of another. By the time they’re mutated enough to be recognizable as separate phyla, they’re too far apart genetically for that. Over time, each phylum develops its own branches, and those can’t cross-breed either, much less double-back to cross-breed with their now extremely distant kin in other phyla.
We don’t know what happened when Josh was growing up with horses in rural Oklahoma, and we don’t want to know. Nor do we want to know what went on between Josh and that horse “Bullet.” But it’s clear that somehow, Josh became obsessed with “phyla cross-over.” There may be children reading this, so let’s ignore that creationist fantasy and read some more from Josh’s article:
The rapid appearance of today’s known phylum-level differences, at about 540 million years ago, debunks the tree of life (common ancestor) scenario. This biological big bang of fully developed animal phyla is called the Cambrian explosion…. absolutely ZERO phyla evidence supporting Darwin’s hypothesis has been discovered after millions of fossil discoveries. … I will be introducing legislation this session to ensure our school children have all the facts.
What can we say? Ours is a rich language, and there are many adjectives we could employ to describe someone like Josh. But what’s the point? His brain case is obviously being used by the gods as a chamber-pot. He’s happy, and now that he’s in the Oklahoma state Senate, the people of that state will have to live with it.
Hey, who knows — Josh may be one of the brightest bulbs in the Oklahoma legislature. We’ll be watching.
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