Before the Wisconsin State Journal could get the story out about the DNR report warning of the health and water quality hazards of an open pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin, Media Trackers was all over it, publishing a piece about how the DNR report was flawed and biased. The piece was authored by Media Trackers communications director Brian Sikma.
Predictably, mine opponents who read the piece began remarking on various Facebook pages that they couldn’t understand how Sikma could ignore the science contained in the report, suggesting that he’s simply a paid smear monger for right wing causes. They may be right, I don’t know for sure, but a closer look at Sikma’s background reveals why he may be very, very uncomfortable with science
According to his Linkedin profile Sikma got a college education at, and worked as an assistant administrator at, The Baptist College of Ministry ( BCM ). In the middle of quite an extraordinary Statement of Faith from BCM’s website comes this gem:
“ We believe in the creation of the universe by the direct act of God, from nothing, in six literal days, apart from any process of evolution. “
So I think it’s fair to assume that Sikma is a Creationist who is deeply suspicious of science. He may well believe that Jesus rode into Nazareth on a dinosaur, probably a Brontosaurus rather than, say, a Tyrannosaurus rex. Not only is the Brontosaurus an herbivore unlikely to eat the rider, but it’s certainly more saddle ready than the T-rex as regards overall temperament. And maybe Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble were disciples?
So there: now you have a plausible theory of why Brian Sikma doesn’t believe in science.
I suppose I’ll end up in the Lake of Fire for writing this.