Creationism in Toledo, Ohio Mayor’s Race

THIS news comes from The Blade, a daily newspaper in Toledo, Ohio: Toledo mayoral candidates speak on their faith. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Toledo’s two mayoral candidates stuck to safe positions last night when it came to religion in Toledo, expressing belief in Christianity yet promising to govern from a premise of tolerance, in the first live television debate of the general election.

Stay with us; their “safe positions” get interesting. Let’s read on:

Democrat Keith Wilkowski and independent Mike Bell were interviewed by The Blade’s religion editor, David Yonke, in the studios of WLMB-TV, Channel 40, on Angola Road. Mr. Wilkowski and Mr. Bell were the top finishers in the Sept. 15 primary and will face off Nov. 3.

Okay, here it comes:

One area of apparent disagreement was whether schools should be required to teach both sides of the origin of the universe — the scientific view of evolution and intelligent design based on the Genesis story of creation.

That’s a peculiar question. Your Curmudgeon isn’t familiar with the evolution view of the origin of the universe, and we suspect that the Discovery Institute would deny that intelligent design is based on Genesis, but let’s continue with the article to see where the candidates stand on this vital issue of municipal governance:

Mr. Bell said he believes “God created the Earth and made man in his likeness,” and said for fairness reasons, both sides should be taught.

Ah, Mr. Bell wants to teach both sides. That’s hard-core creationism. And his opponent’s position?

Mr. Wilkowski said he believes in the divine origin of the universe, but also in evolution. He said intelligent design should be taught by parents and pastors if they believe it, but not by public school teachers.

Aha! He “believes in” evolution. Here’s more:

They also differed slightly in their beliefs, if not in how they would govern, on marriage.

Mr. Bell, a bachelor, said his definition of marriage is “typically a man and a woman,” but he said his beliefs would not conflict with enforcing the city’s domestic partnership registry.

Mr. Wilkowski, who has been married 30 years, described marriage as a vow and sacrament between two people, and said that should be open to same-sex as well as traditional couples. He said the domestic partnership registry, which is run by city council, is an attempt to allow people to take advantage of benefits in the private sector and he was in support.

Mr. Bell, the full-blown creationist, says he’s okay with “domestic partnerships” which seems somewhat tolerant, although he’s apparently not in favor of same-sex marriage. His opponent, who believes in evolution and who doesn’t want creationism in public schools, accepts same-sex marriage. We can see the battle-lines shaping up. Moving along:

Neither claimed to believe that every word of the Bible is intended literally, with Mr. Bell pointing out that some of it is the words of the Apostles, not God.

Mr. Bell is an unusual creationist. And his opponent’s position?

Mr. Wilkowski said the Bible is “the inspired word of God.”

That’s a nice, safe answer.

The article goes on about their views on abortion, the identity and nature of Jesus, and other issues. Click over to The Blade and read it all, if you’re interested.

We have only one question: Are these guys running for the office of mayor, or preacher?

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2 responses to “Creationism in Toledo, Ohio Mayor’s Race

  1. Curmudgeon: “Mr. Bell is an unusual creationist.”

    He would be unusual if he were an activist, but he has probably not given 5 minutes though to evolution and how many slick ways it’s misrepresented. He’s more typical of the confused public (as is the other guy). I give it a good chance that he could be set straight – if he were not a politician.

  2. Curmudgeon: “Ah, Mr. Bell wants to teach both sides. That’s hard-core creationism.”

    Keep in mind that as recently as 1997 I too thought that “teaching both sides” was a good idea, and I had accepted (probably even used the words “believe in”) for 30 years prior. I naievely thought that students would see how silly YEC was when contrasted with evolution. Then I discovered OEC and the ID scam, and had one of my biggest “D’Oh” moments.