THE last time we comprehensively discussed creationism and presidential politics was here: Which 2012 Presidential Challengers Are Creationists? Since then we’ve added posts about Rick Santorum and Alan Keyes — both of whom are creationists.
Although our comprehensive post mentioned that Tim Pawlenty is a creationist, it’s always useful to have confirmation. Therefore, we call your attention to Tim Pawlenty Gets No Respect, which appears in Newsweek. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
In the run-up to the 2008 Republican convention in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was on just about everybody’s shortlist of potential VP candidates. It wasn’t meant to be. But Pawlenty, a conservative from a rather Blue state, could emerge as a contender for challenging President Obama. He spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Howard Fineman.
We’ll skip most of the interview. Pawlenty is a singularly uninteresting person. But he’s the Republican governor of Minnesota, and that means he’s potentially a player. Let’s read on:
QUESTION: Let me ask you about social issues your party has been dealing with. In her book, Palin claims that McCain’s handlers wanted her to be silent about her belief in creationism. How would you describe your view?
ANSWER: I can tell you how we handle it in Minnesota. We leave it to the local school districts. We don’t mandate a curriculum or an approach. We allow for something called “intelligent design” to be discussed as a comparative theory. It doesn’t have to be in science class.
Yup, he’s still a creationist. The immediate follow-up to that is the only other creationism-related part of the interview:
QUESTION: Where are you personally?
ANSWER: Well, you know I’m an evangelical Christian. I believe that God created everything and that he is who he says he was. The Bible says that he created man and woman; it doesn’t say that he created an amoeba and then they evolved into man and woman. But there are a lot of theologians who say that the ideas of evolution and creationism aren’t necessarily inconsistent; that he could have “created” human beings over time.
It’s embarrassing to watch an idiot try to be clever. Does Pawlenty really imagine that he’s carved out some kind of intellectually respectable, middle-of-the-road position?
That’s all there is to the interview — wait, we have to add this:
QUESTION: How about you? Are you going to run?
ANSWER: I say this genuinely, not to be cute or evade your question, but I’m going to finish up my term as governor under what are going to be difficult economic circumstances. I have a PAC I set up. I’ll just see.
So there you are. Pawlenty is a creationist, and he wants to be President. We’ll say this in his favor — as goofy as he seems to be about science, there are other issues — like the economy and the war. Even Pawlenty can’t be any worse than what we’ve got now. (Oh dear, we hope that didn’t offend anyone.)
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