Our US Congressman made the October 1, 2019 issue of The New Yorker. It appears that he was once interested in old bones, having purchased considerable property in a Colorado town known for its fossils. Appropriately, it’s named Dinosaur. Three years ago he sold that property to Answers in Genesis, a creationist non-profit. They built and operate the Creation Museum in Kentucky, which includes a replica of Noah’s ark and other displays that support a literal interpretation of Genesis.
What’s the problem? Given his resistance to a fact-based universe and his history as a homeschool advocate, Meadows is a probable creationist. So, it’s not a surprise that he might be interested in fossils. Well, it’s not so much his disavowal of science, but the fact that he forgot to note the sale and monthly payments he received on his congressional financial disclosure forms. Nor does this seem to be the first time he failed to disclose property; there’s the matter of some land in the northeastern part of the state, at least according to reporting in the Charlotte Observer.
Meadows and his family encountered bones in Dinosaur, Colorado, as early as 2002, when they participated in a fossil digging expedition for homeschoolers with the catchy title: Dragon’s Den Dig. In a documentary of the trip, in which Meadows appeared, his daughter Haley was credited with discovering a Giant Sauropod. The point of the documentary was to demonstrate the earth was young, dinosaurs were here a few thousand years ago, and the notion of Darwinian evolution is, in the parlance of today, “fake news.”
After the filming, there appears to have been a breakdown among the participants of the dig, the film-makers and the pre-Meadows property owners. The real story, however, might be those missing financial reports. By the time he sells that property, he was seeking a third term and surely was familiar with disclosure rules or, if he had a question, the method by which he could secure proper guidance for completing them correctly. So, one might question why he failed to do so.
Then, maybe, we might want to delve into his belief in science and hope he isn’t on any committees that oversee or use scientific research.