Tulsa Mayor Candidate: Creationism Issue #1

THE fun never ends! Tulsa World , the daily newspaper for Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the second-most widely circulated newspaper in the state, has this story: Falling says putting Christian creationism display in the Tulsa Zoo is top priority . Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Republican mayoral candidate Anna Falling said Tuesday that putting a Christian creationism display in the Tulsa Zoo is No. 1 in importance among city issues that include violent crime, budget woes and bumpy streets.

“It’s first,” she said to calls of “hallelujah” at a rally outside the zoo. “If we can’t come to the foundation of faith in this community, those other answers will never come. We need to first of all recognize the fact that God needs to be honored in this city.”

Makes sense to us. First, set up a creationist display in the zoo. After that, all the other problems will be solved. Let’s read on:

Falling, who has founded several Christian nonprofits and is a former city councilor, also said the next mayor needs to appoint people to city boards, authorities and commissions who will “honor God.”

Inspired policy. We continue:

When asked whether she meant she would recruit Christians to serve the city, Falling said she was talking about “people committed to their churches,” and when asked whether she meant Christian churches, she said, “churches, yes.”

This is a campaign that should be worth watching. Hey, there are comments at the end of the article. A couple of them say this woman is the greatest. All the others think she should be locked away. But who knows? She may be just what Tulsa needs.

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15 responses to “Tulsa Mayor Candidate: Creationism Issue #1

  1. comradebillyboy

    she says ‘the next mayor needs to appoint people to city boards, authorities and commissions who will “honor God.”’

    ACLU will have a field day in Tulsa. I know the Okies elected Imhoff and Coburn but are they really stupid enough to elect this woman? How much could her zaniness cost the tax payers of Tulsa?

  2. retiredsciguy

    Newt Gingrich must be pulling his hair out.

  3. comradebillyboy

    retiredsciguy // 11-August-2009 at 11:25 pm

    Newt Gingrich must be pulling his hair out.

    Why? I would guess Newt has had a spiritual awakening with his recent conversion to the one true faith, Roman Catholicism.

  4. Gabriel Hanna

    Why? I would guess Newt has had a spiritual awakening with his recent conversion to the one true faith, Roman Catholicism.

    That doesn’t make Newt a creationist, and Catholicism is officially compatible with evolution (though I do know Catholics who don’t believe that).

    Tulsa must be a paradise. Clearly all other problems there have been solved.

  5. There’s something wrong with a public official who genuinely believes that putting a creationism display in a zoo is of vital importance. Now, removing a creationism display from a zoo would be a fairly pressing issue (although certainly nowhere near the top of the list), but putting one in? I think that can wait for a while.

  6. Curmudgeon wrote: “Makes sense to us. First, set up a creationist display in the zoo. After that, all the other problems will be solved.”

    That makes perfect sense to honor God, because one of God’s Commandment says “Thou shalt bear false witness.” Oh, wait, it’s “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” Never mind.

  7. monkeyceemonkeydoo

    She’s scared of sumpin’ bad happening unless her God is appeased. Why not propose sacrificing some children in the corn fields or something, Ms. Falling? That ought to do the trick.

  8. Tulsa has a very nice zoo. Are all politicians so stupid that they can’t come up with something to promote that is important (like how to clean up North Tulsa?).

  9. I got a chuckle out of one comment at the end of the article: “And she can see the Zebras from her front porch!”

  10. Gabriel Hanna // 12-August-2009 at 12:52 am
    That doesn’t make Newt a creationist, and Catholicism is officially compatible with evolution (though I do know Catholics who don’t believe that).

    You are correct about the catholic church’s teaching, however a fair number of catholic pols (think Bobby Jindal and Sam Brownback) pander to creationists with great vigor. Newtie has never been afraid to pander.

  11. Maine Operative

    I was just in the fair city of Tulsa in mid-July visiting some dear non-Creationist friends. I haven’t visited the Tulsa Zoo in a few years, and didn’t have time to do so on this visit. Tulsa Zoo has some well-designed exhibits including a top-rate, Jane Goodall approved chimpanzee habitat (I’m sure our simian cousins at the Tulsa Zoo would be amused by the thought of a Creationist monument near their exhibit if they were capable of higher level reasoning. Wait. I think, compared to Creationist logic, chimpanzees are operating at a higher level of reasoning.)

    I will contribute correspondence of my own to the Tulsa Zoo authorities and the City of Tulsa administration urging them to resist the infiltration of these invidious anti-Rationalists who have nothing better to do with their time and tax-payer dollars.

    Gabriel Hanna: I concur that being Catholic does not automatically make Newt a Creationsist, but given his recent statements and activities, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear him kowtowing to the pleas for wider acceptance from the Demented Institute in Seattle. By the way, kudos to your defense of reason and logic against “Your Name” over on Klinghoffer’s Beliefnet blog in the coments to the “Charles Manson, Evolutionist” idiocy Klinghoffer posted. “Your Name” was a good example of the lower-than-Pan troglodytes reasoning capabilities some of these ID-Creationists promulgate as “reasoning and evidence.” Your skewering of “Your Name’s” repeated recourse to the undistributed middle term fallacy is an excellent lesson for defenders and teachers of logic (which “Your Name” proved incapable of comprehending).

  12. My 2c on Newt and Creationism/Evolution:

    I read a 2006 article where he unequivocally accepted evolution but added a curious disclaimer that he had read very little about the then-recent Dover decision. Not sure if he is up to speed on it now, but if so he is undoubtedly smart enough to recognize the “breathtaking inanity” of the Dover board and the DI’s “expert” witnesses. The question is whether he will merely learn about Dover, and subsequent breathtaking inanity like “Expelled,” to help him better pander.

  13. Frank J says: “My 2c on Newt and Creationism/Evolution …”

    Newt knows the situation. He doesn’t discuss creationism. His principal form of pandering is to emphasize the word “Creator” in the Declaration of Independence, as if: 1) Jefferson weren’t a deist; and 2) that makes religion the law of the land. He panders a lot, but he hasn’t wandered into Time Cube territory.

  14. I see that there is an “Anna Falling for Mayor” website ( http://www.annafalling.com/ ) which leads to her blog ( http://annafalling.wordpress.com/ ) where you can read her own words untainted by the liberal media. “The zoo is just one example where God has been dishonored.”

  15. retiredsciguy

    “… which leads to her blog ( http://annafalling.wordpress.com/ ) where you can read her own words …”

    I did. She evidently has no regard for the Constitution. Scary.