Saturday, January 12, 2008

‘Is there anybody on the stage that does not believe in evolution?’

Earlier last year John McCain was asked in a primary debate whether he believed in evolution. After a pause, McCain said, “Yes.” The moderator then asked the rest of the ten republican candidates on stage “I’m curious, is there anybody on the stage that does not agree — believe in evolution?” Three raised their hand: Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, and Tom Tancredo. This proportion (3/10) is actually not that out of line, and probably lower than, the proportion of Americans as a whole who reject evolution - see numerous opinion polls, the National Center for Science Education collects several together here. I'm posting this now because I saw this posting on a blog a couple of days ago that summarizes the position of all the presidential candidates on evolution. Agree with it or not you have to love the response by Mike Gravel when asked if he thought creationism should be taught in public schools
"Oh God, no. Oh, Jesus. We thought we had made a big advance with the Scopes monkey trial....My God, evolution is a fact, and if these people are disturbed by being the descendants of monkeys and fishes, they've got a mental problem. We can't afford the psychiatric bill for them. That ends the story as far as I'm concerned."
Apparently not being a front runner gives you more freedom to say what you really think!

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