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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