It's 2002. Mike Pence stands before the House of Representatives and begins his anti-science spiel. It isn't long before he employs the age-old argument: evolution is just a theory.
"Charles Darwin never thought of evolution as anything other than a theory," explains Pence.
The very fact that Pence's background is in law and history should give a good indication of his understanding of scientific theories. A theory in science represents a form of knowledge that has been rigorously tested using the scientific method. In fact, 98% of scientists adhere to the science of human evolution.
Even in 2002, the debate around human evolution was over. But Pence seems to have missed the memo. In his speech before Congress, Pence laments the Scopes Monkey Trial, which allowed the theory of evolution into public school classrooms.
"Now that we have recognised evolution as a theory I would simply and humbly ask, 'can we teach it as such'? And can we also consider teaching other theories of the origin of species?"
Fifteen years later, Mike Pence will become the Vice-President of the United States.
Science help us.