Brazil’s President Names Intelligent Design Advocate as Head of Government Agency That Oversees University Graduate Programs

Benedito Guimarães Aguiar Neto

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has named an advocate for Intelligent Design as the head of a government agency that oversees the nation’s university graduate programs.

Benedito Guimarães Aguiar Neto is now the new president of CAPES, an agency within Brazil’s Ministry of Education, the website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science notes.

The agency “regulates, supervises and evaluates all graduate-level programs at the South American country’s universities, and funds thousands of scholarships for master’s and doctoral students,” CBN News reported Monday.

The agency also “issues funding calls for research and provides training for teachers in primary and secondary education.”

Aguiar Neto holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Paraíba and a master’s degree at the same institution. He earned a doctorate in 1987 from Technische Universität Berlin and did post-doctoral work in 2008 at the University of Washington.

Prominent proponents of evolution in Brazil have decried the appointment.

“It is completely illogical to place someone who has promoted actions contrary to scientific consensus in a position to manage programs that are essentially of scientific training,” said evolutionary biologist Antonio Carlos Marques of the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Biosciences, in comments to the AAAS.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter