Tea Party Senator Sylvia Allen was selected this week by fellow Republican and Senate president Andy Biggs to chair the state committee on education.
“She understands what Arizona students and parents need in our education system,” Biggs said in a statement. “She is a very experienced legislator and I know she will do a wonderful job.”
In July 2013, Allen wrote on Facebook about her belief that the government is using “chemtrails” (the often visible exhaust trails of jet engines at high-altitude) to manipulate the weather and harm citizens. She also expressed her support for fringe conspiracy theorists, declaring that they possess information that everyone else does not.
“We just don’t want to believe that our government would do anything terrible to us. Well, just a few examples, the IRS attack on the Tea Party, Benghazi, wiretapping, Fast and Furious, just to name a few and we think that they would not manipulate our weather?” she wrote.
In 2009, she bizarrely announced that the world is 6,000 years old, twice, during a meeting of the Senate Retirement and Rural Development Committee. The subject of the Earth’s age was not relevant to the topic that was being discussed at the time.
“(The Earth) has been here 6,000 years, long before anybody had environmental laws, and somehow it hasn’t been done away with,” Allen said.
“Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” Allen claimed, during a Senate subcommittee meeting.
This woman’s opinions stand against science and religious freedom. She thinks the sky is poisoning her, yet the GOP thinks she should have input on laws regarding the education of American children.