President Donald Trump’s pick to be secretary of the Army is a self-identified “creationist” who denies the theory of evolution.
Dr. Mark Green, the Republican state senator from Tennessee who is President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as Secretary of the Army, rejects established science in favor of religious superstition.
Earlier this week, CNN released an audio tape of Green arguing against the theory of evolution and supporting creationism while delivering a lecture in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2015.
In the forty-two minutes of audio Green attacks both the theory of evolution and the theory of relativity, claiming both theories require “a degree of faith.”
Green explains in the audio recording that it is “intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer” that God created the world:
I look at the world around me and I draw the conclusion that it was made. I know God that the next step for me is to pursue you and figure out what it is and why you made me, but before all that, I can’t get away from the fact that you created me, it is intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer.
Green, like many misguided creationists, hangs his argument against evolution on irreducible complexity, the law of thermodynamics, and teleology.
Green claims that the theory of evolution violates the law of thermodynamics by using the example of a lawn mower left out in a backyard:
The evolutionists have their bad argument, too. They say, ‘Well, I can’t explain how it went from this to incredibly complex, so it must have been billions of years.’ That’s kind of where they put their faith. The truth of the matter is is the second law of thermo fluid dynamics says that the world progresses from order to disorder not disorder to order.
If you put a lawn mower out in your yard and a hundred years come back, it’s rusted and falling apart. You can’t put parts out there and a hundred years later it’s gonna come back together. That is a violation of a law of thermodynamics. A physical law that exists in the universe.
Green also argues that “irreducibly complex” processes are compelling evidence of a creator:
Irreducible complexity is important in the argument for the creationist because of this: Evolution assumes a series of minuscule changes over time, and each change has to give a survival advantage to the organism. If it doesn’t, and it causes a disadvantage the organism dies and evolution ends…
The question is, did all of this happen by chance operating inside the laws of chemistry and physics? Or is this unbelievable engineering, and is the scientific mind going to look at it and make the conclusion, observation, and conclusion that it was created and not that it evolved. Again, remember time is not the hero of the plot. Time is the villain, because over time things break down, they don’t assemble themselves together…
Green’s arguments against evolution and for creationism are nothing new, and represent the typical arguments given by Biblical creationists like Ken Ham.
Green is a controversial nomination not only because he denies science in favor of religious superstition. The conservative Christian caused waves last month after recordings were discovered of Green claiming government’s role is to “crush evil” by fighting against Transgender Equality.
In addition, there is also video of Green claiming “transgender is a disease.”
As a result of his hate-filled, science-denying, brand of conservative Christian extremism, Green is being vigorously opposed by many.
LGBT Weekly reports that “21 current and former Faculty Members at Service Academies, War Colleges, and other Military Universities have released a statement warning that the appointment represents a ‘serious threat’ to the military’s core values and ability to draw on the best talent to accomplish critical military missions.” The joint statement reads:
As current and former Faculty Members at Service Academies, War Colleges and other Military Universities, we are alarmed by Army Secretary nominee Mark Green’s history of extreme statements and actions, and by the prospect of his becoming the next Secretary of the Army.
His repeated attacks against the LGBT community include (1) Sponsoring ‘license to discriminate’ legislation including a bill to allow mental health practitioners to refuse to treat LGBT patients; (2) Claiming that ‘transgender is a disease,’ a belief that is contrary to global medical consensus; (3) Urging state officials to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses, in clear violation of the U.S. Supreme Court; and (4) Supporting a bill that would effectively bar transgender high school and college students from using public bathrooms.
(In addition to) the LGBT community, he has insulted and disrespected Latinos, women, Muslims, and members of the Armed Forces including (5) Speculating that a rise in Latinos registering to vote in Tennessee is because they are ‘being bussed here probably’; (6) Acknowledging that as a physician, he has refused to prescribe birth control to women; (7) Agreeing that we must ‘take a stand on the indoctrination of Islam in our public schools’; (8) Claiming that the U.S. military’s General Officers are “afraid of their shadow”; and (9) Declining to divest from a corporation whose owner defrauded TRICARE, the military health care program for service members, retirees and their families.
Mark Green would undermine good order and discipline by fostering dissension within the ranks and sowing confusion about what the military stands for. All who wear the uniform and risk their lives to defend our freedom deserve the respect and dignity they have earned, including LGBT members, Latinos, women and religious minorities, but Green has a history of creating exceptions for those who don’t want to treat others equally and respectfully. We cannot afford leaders whose priorities are inconsistent with military values. Mark Green is a serious threat to what makes our military great.
In addition to resistance from inside the military establishment, Green’s nomination is also being opposed by numerous members of congress.
The Hill reports that the No. 2 Democrat in the House, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), is calling on Trump to withdraw Green’s nomination. In a statement issued Monday Hoyer said:
I strongly urge President Trump to withdraw Mark Green as his nominee for Army secretary. The civilian leaders the president selects to oversee our military set the tone for the men and women of our Armed Forces and how they are expected to behave.
Appointing someone with a clear record of homophobia and transphobia, who has made disgusting statements demeaning toward groups of Americans, would send the absolute wrong signal about the values for which our military service members are risking their lives.
What message would such an individual’s appointment send to the courageous LGBT Americans proud to serve their nation in uniform and who are doing so every day with distinction?” he asked. “What kind of message would it send to the world, particularly nations like Russia where LGBT individuals are routinely repressed? Our military cannot be strong unless its values are strong and adhere to the vision of inclusion and the equal opportunity to serve.
In addition to Hoyer, 31 other Democratic member of the House are also vigorously opposing Green’s nomination, including Congressman Joe Kennedy III who wrote to Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) last week urging him to reject the nomination of Green.
In his letter opposing Green’s nomination Congressman Kennedy said:
Men and women willing to sacrifice their lives to protect ours should never be asked to hide their true identity or serve under a leader who believes they are “diseased.” With an estimated 11,000 active and reserve transgender soldiers in our military, the United States Senate should immediately reject Sen. Green’s nomination and ensure intolerance can never again permeate our armed forces. Once again, the Trump Administration has demonstrated a devastating disregard for the transgender community.
Bottom line: Green is a dangerous Christian extremist who is unfit to serve as secretary of the Army.