I can't imagine brain processes that lead to the behavior exhibited by some of the politicians and legislators. Texas has been the best example lately, with the whole Board of Education hearings.
Phil Plait (my favorite Bad Astronomer) is blogging about this issue:
During the Texas State Board of Education hearings on science standards for
Texas schoolchildren, BoE member and staunch creationist Barbara Cargill decided that the age of the Universe was up for vote.
The article: Texas is only 6000 years old!
We have very similar problems in my own backyard, where our local senator Ronda Storms, keeps coming up with completely mind-numbing legislation to promote creationism:
- Intelligent Design Should Not Be Taught in Florida’s Public School Science Classrooms
- Academic Anarchy
How do those people get into the office??? That's a question that's beyond my understanding.