Honorable John McCain
United States Senate
Before long you will be selecting the person who will join you on the Republican ticket as your Vice Presidential running mate. Louisiana’s governor Bobby Jindal is considered to be a strong contender for that honor.
We urge you to reject Governor Jindal. You should do this, despite his many merits, because of his recent signing of Louisiana’s so-called “Louisiana Science Education Act.” That is a law which — regardless of the transparently false claims of its supporters — has no purpose other than allowing the religious doctrine of creationism to be presented in science class. That is not only unconstitutional, it is also incompetent science education.
Knowledge of biology is unnecessary for the Presidency; but personal integrity is vital, and so is rational thinking. If Jindal, a biology major, took his own exams at Brown University, it is beyond comprehension that he could be a creationist, unless some unfortunate disorder has recently unhinged his mind.
We know that you want to solidify your support among social conservatives. There must be ways to do that without selecting someone who is either: (1) a shameless panderer who is utterly unprincipled; or (2) an irrational thinker who embraces creationism despite having majored in biology at a respected university.
A person who fits either description is totally unfit for the demands of the Presidency, and if you select such a person as your running-mate it would be a disastrous decision.
When you become President, your Vice President will be — as they say — a heartbeat away from becoming President himself. This nation cannot afford the risk that it might be Jindal.
You don’t need to announce that Jindal’s creationism is the reason why you won’t choose him. There is no need to give offense unnecessarily. But please, for the safety of our country — to which you have admirably devoted your life — please don’t select Bobby Jindal.
/s/ The Curmudgeon