THIS article from Fox News, For Republicans, a Narrowing List of Presidential Prospects, discusses several names being mentioned as possible Republican candidates for President in the 2012 election. It’s early, but we’ll give you what information we can find about their creationist leanings.
Why do we bother? As we said in our Open Letter to Sarah Palin:
This is important — not because a Vice President (and possibly President) needs to know anything about geology, biology, and astronomy, but because the person who occupies such a position needs to be rational. We must know if you understand the difference between science and faith. Do you accept the existence of objective reality, or do you deny it?
Assuming that you believe the Genesis creation account as a matter of faith, do you also accept that science has verifiable evidence supporting a very different description of the world? If the answer to that is “Yes,” can you keep your faith in Genesis apart from the way you evaluate evidence and make decisions in the secular world? If so, we can accept that. But you have to tell us.
Fox mentions former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. We discussed him last year when he was a potential Vice Presidential pick. He’s okay, and that’s a rarity. See: McCain’s Possible VP Choices — Creationists?
In that same article, we pointed out those who are creationists, two of whom are now considered Presidential contenders: Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, and Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana. We also discussed Tim Pawlenty, governor of Minnesota, although at that time we didn’t know his position. We learned it later and mentioned it here. He’s a creationist too.
Fox also talks about Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour. We’ve already discussed him here. His position isn’t known, but we have reason to suspect that he may be a creationist. However, we’re really guessing about him.
The Fox story also says:
Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor … and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels are the names now being whispered in Republican circles as potential winners — although observers admit political speculations can change overnight.
We haven’t yet researched Cantor or Daniels. Maybe we won’t have to. Time will tell.
They also mention former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. We’ve reported extensively on Palin’s views (see all our articles on: Sarah Palin & Creationism), but we haven’t yet looked into Giuliani’s. And somehow, Fox didn’t mention Florida governor Charlie Crist, but during the latest legislative session of that state, he indicated that he may be a creationist — at least he wouldn’t veto religious auto tags. He may not be a creationist, but he knows how to pander. See: Buffoon Award Winner — Ronda Storms.
Nor did Fox mention Newt Gingrich — another name we haven’t researched regarding creationism. We’re certain that Newt is bright enough to understand how goofy creationism is as a science, but he’s been on a pandering crusade, so there’s no telling what position he’ll take.
So there you are. We know where some of the potential candidates stand on the theory of evolution, and we have suspicions about some others. There are a few more that we’ll need to check out if circumstances require it. As we said before, there’s plenty of time.
See also: Tim Pawlenty: Full-Blown Creationist.
See also: John Kasich of Ohio: Creationist.
See also: Creationist Wisdom #96: Alan Keyes.
Update: See New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: Creationist?
Update: See Is Texas Governor Rick Perry Insane?
Update: See Newt Gingrich: Probably Not a Creationist.
Update: See Hey Michele Bachmann: Show Us Your Laureates.
Update: See Herman Cain Is a Creationist.
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