Raymond A. Finney, Jr. is a Republican member of the Tennessee Senate representing the 8th district, former pathologist, and staunch
In February 2007, Finney filed a state senate resolution which asked the Tennessee Department of Education to address a number of creationist talking points, and to answer the following questions:
“Is the Universe and all that is within it, including human beings, created through purposeful, intelligent design by a Supreme Being, that is a Creator?” If “yes”: “Since the Universe, including human beings, is created by a Supreme Being (a Creator), why is creationism not taught in Tennessee public schools?” If the answer to the first question is “This question cannot be proved or disproved”, the resolution then goes on to ask: “Since it cannot be determined whether the Universe, including human beings, is created by a Supreme Being (a Creator), why is creationism not taught as an alternative concept, explanation, or theory, along with the theory of evolution in Tennessee public schools?” Finally, if in the opinion of the Department of Education, the answer to the first question is “no”, the resolution offers “admiration for being able to decide conclusively a question that has long perplexed and occupied the attention of scientists, philosophers, theologians, educators, and others.”
In other words Finney does not have the faintest clue about evolution; indeed he has less of a clue even than your standard creotards. (Also here.) Of course, his goal was to get the Department of Education to admit that evolution is disproven, not to “teach both sides,” but I guess no one doubted that.
Diagnosis: An absolutely abysmally ignorant idiot, whose moronic opinions do not even raising to the level of false.