Governor Mark Sanford: Creationist

THIS is a big day for news about Mark Sanford, governor of South Carolina, but we’re not going to comment about his Argentine affair. Instead, your Curmudgeon will use this occasion to remind you of what we reported more than a year ago, in this post: McCain’s Possible VP Choices — Creationists?

This comes from the website of South Carolinians for Science Education. It’s a transcript of the governor’s statement on intelligent design, apparently from 29 January 2006: Two Mosquitoes in a Mudhole. That title is a phrase taken from Sanford’s remarks. The website introduces the transcript with this paragraph:

David Stanton interviewed Governor Mark Stanford on today’s Newswatch. Among questions on the economy and education, Stanton asked a question about Intelligent Design. The following is a transcript, typed as best as can, from the interview:

Okay, here it comes, with spelling and punctuation from the original:

David Stanton: What do you think about the idea of teaching alternatives to Darwin’s theory of evolution in public schools — for instance intelligent design?

Gov. Sanford: I have no problem with it.

Stanton: Do you think it should be done that way? Rather than just teaching evolution?

Sanford: Well I think that it’s just, and science is more and more documenting this, is that there are real “chinks” in the armor of evolution being the only way we came about. The idea of their being a, you know, a little mud hole and two mosquitoes get together and the next thing you know you have a human being … is completely at odds with, you know, one of the laws of thermodynamics which is the law of, of … in essence, destruction.

Whether you think about you bedroom and how messy it gets over time or you think about the decay in the building itself over time. Things don’t naturally order themselves towards progression … Uuummm … in the natural order of things. So, it’s in fact, it’s against fairly basic laws of physics … and so I would not have a problem in teaching both … Uh, you saying this is one theory and here’s another theory.

Whatever you may think of Governor Sanford’s South American escapade, we can probably all agree on this: We now have one less creationist to worry about in national politics.

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9 responses to “Governor Mark Sanford: Creationist

  1. He shoulda stayed in Argentina with his babe. Then he wouldn’t have looked so stupid.

    Well, maybe it wouldn’t have made any difference.

  2. From Fundies Say the Darndest Things:

    “One of the most basic laws in the universe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that as time goes by, entropy in an environment will increase. Evolution argues differently against a law that is accepted EVERYWHERE BY EVERYONE. Evolution says that we started out simple, and over time became more complex. That just isn’t possible: UNLESS there is a *giant outside source of energy supplying the Earth with huge amounts of energy.* If there were such a source, scientists would certainly know about it.”



  4. retiredsciguy

    “Whatever you may think of Governor Sanford’s South American escapade, we can probably all agree on this: We now have one less creationist to worry about in national politics.”

    Now we need to find a hot babe in Brazil for Jindal.

  5. Free energy, the ability to do work, is the most universal currency known in the natural sciences. In an expanding, non-equilibrated Universe, it is free energy that drives order from disorder, from big bang to humankind, in good accord with the second law of thermodynamics and leading to the production of entropy. On all scales, from galaxies and stars to planets and life, the rise of complexity over the course of natural history can be uniformly quantified by analyzing the normalized flow of energy through open, non-equilibrium, thermodynamic systems.

  6. The redoubtable Gov. Sanford invites us to

    think about you[r] bedroom and how messy it gets over time

    Somehow, I suspect that his bedroom is rather messier than most.

  7. Evolution selects against men with stinky bedrooms- I should know.

  8. Linda, you copied your comment from here, and you presented it without giving credit to the author, as if the words were your own. This is not acceptable here.

  9. We’re not going to have this kind of luck with Huckabee. I do believe Mrs. H. would bust out the shotgun.

    Oh, I kid the Huckabees!