THIS TIME it’s not about Sarah Palin. At the website of Fox News we read Platform Review: Candidate Positions on Science and Tech Issues. It’s a long article that discusses the candidates’ views on several issues, but we’re only going to excerpt (adding bold for emphasis) the one which concerns this blog:
Evolution and Creationism
In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in case of Edwards v. Aguillard that to require the teaching of “creation science” alongside evolution violated the First Amendment by promoting religion.
Creationism is the belief that God created the universe and everything in it, as described in Genesis. A variant of creationism, intelligent design, essentially accepts evolution but argues that Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection cannot fully explain the origin of life or the emergence of highly complex life forms. It looks to an unnamed intelligent force as the creator and guider of life.
Almost all scientists oppose teaching creation and intelligent design because they have no scientific basis.
Both McCain and Obama believe in evolution, and neither candidate wishes to see intelligent design taught as a science.
That’s pretty much all we need to know, but there’s more:
Obama does not support teaching intelligent design in schools at all. “Intelligent design is not science,” he said at a town hall event in Illinois. “I think it’s a mistake to try to cloud the teaching of science with theories that frankly don’t hold up to scientific inquiry,” he told the York Daily Record.
McCain has not clearly stated his position on the teaching of intelligent design in school. “I happen to believe in evolution,” he has said. “I respect those who think the world was created in seven days. Should it be taught as a science class? Probably not.”
But McCain has not ruled out teaching it in other classes, and he has said that “there’s nothing wrong with teaching different schools of thought.” He says that local school boards, not the federal government, should determine school curricula.
McCain is obviously straddling to keep his most peculiar supporters happy, but he’s basically okay. We can live with either candidate’s position. But wasn’t creation supposed to be in six days? That’s okay. Six days, seven days, what’s the difference?
Nothing is mentioned about Sarah Palin’s views — or Joe Biden’s either, remember him? — but presumably Sarah will adopt the McCain position, regardless of whatever she may personally think. On the subject of Sarah’s beliefs, you might want to see our Open Letter to Sarah Palin.
Five months ago, we posted an article also bearing on the views of the principal candidates: Presidential Candidates’ Opinions on Evolution.