Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, who raised eyebrows last year by insisting non-Earth life exists while fighting to save an Air Force program looking for extraterrestrials, is doing it again.
He told a convention of 5,000 American Legion Auxiliary women here this week, "There are people out there just like you and me. They don't have pointed ears or green skin and they're not called Spock, either. They're human beings and children of God just like we are."Garn made the comment in a speech about the space program and his experiences flying aboard the space shuttle.
He explained further, "You've got this little speck of dust called Earth. And in our own galaxy there are more than 10 billion suns. Ours is not one of the particularly big or important ones.
"Consider the vastness of the universe, and then we think we're important? And we have the arrogance to say we are the only living beings in this universe. Absolutely not."
He added, "God just didn't place his children on this Earth. I said that to some friends of mine in the Senate. And one of my colleagues said, `Jake I believe this is the only place God placed his children.' I said, `Come on. Even if you're an atheist mathematician, the law of large numbers will tell you that someplace out there there happens to be a lot of planets just the right distance from their suns to produce the proper temperatures and environmental conditions to spawn life out of the sea.' "
He said the senator said he believed in the Creation, but that Earth was the only place where humans were placed.
"I said that doesn't make any sense. Why would God build all that out there - isn't that a lot of overkill? Stop and think about that.
"Does it make any sense that a God who is orderly and intelligent would build all the vastness of the universe, then we'll have a little speck of dirt over there, that's where I'm going to place my kids? It's not logical."
Garn, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has views consistent with some LDS scriptures that say God has created worlds without number.