YOUR Curmudgeon is always looking for creationists in high places. In the Chicago Tribune, the eighth largest newspaper in America by circulation, we read Ill. gov candidates mostly accept evolution. Here’s what it says, with bold added by us:
The Associated Press recently asked the candidates for Illinois governor about their views on evolution. Here are highlights from their answers:
QUESTION: Do you accept the theory of evolution? Please explain.
Excellent! The press should do this with with all candidates, everywhere. We need to know who’s rational. We wish they had also asked if they think the “competing theories” should be taught. And as we’ve said before, they should Always Ask Candidates: “How old is the earth?”
The rest of the article merely gives the candidates’ answers. Let’s take them one by one, starting with the Republicans:
Adam Andrzejewski: “Yes. As a practicing Catholic, I believe that God created Darwin. Let others debate the details.”
Huh? We continue:
Bill Brady: “I accept the theory of creation, as I was taught, and believe the world has continued to evolve since.”
Aaaargh!! A full-blown creationist. Here’s more:
Kirk Dillard: “Science seems to support evolution but there is no doubt that I have seen the hand of God at work in my travels and everyday life.”
Whatever that means. Next:
Andy McKenna: “Yes, but I also believe that the process of evolution has been guided by the creative power of God.”
Theistic evolution. Assuming it’s not intelligent design — and we need more information in such cases — it’s an acceptable response. We know that theistic evolution drives the Dawkins types crazy, but we don’t think anyone should be rejected as a candidate for giving such an answer. Here’s another:
Dan Proft: “The current political class in Springfield make me question the veracity of natural selection. That aside, I do not believe there needs to be a divide between religious belief and the scientific method. … The evidence seems to me fairly clear that, as Pope John Paul II wrote, human beings have a ‘common ancestry of life’ from which we have evolved.”
Another acceptable response (with the lingering question about whether he’s an intelligent design advocate). Moving along:
Jim Ryan: “Evolution is a reasonable theory. Regardless of the extent of its truth, I believe that God was ultimately responsible for our creation and infused human beings with a soul.”
Pretty much like that last two. Let’s see the next one:
Bob Schillerstrom: “I accept the theory of evolution. There is compelling scientific evidence to show that evolution does occur. I also believe science and religion answer life’s questions in complementary ways.”
Hey, another reasonably sane candidate. Not bad for the Republicans. Okay, now for the Democrats:
Dan Hynes: “I accept the theory of evolution.”
Gasp! That’s not only the correct answer, but it’s amazingly concise. Most unusual for a politician. Here’s the last one:
Pat Quinn: “I believe that the scientific theory of evolution is the best explanation we have for the origin and diversity of species on Earth. As a Catholic, I do not see any discrepancy between my acceptance of widely held scientific principles and my faith in God as the prime mover of the universe.”
Another good answer. We think Dan Hynes was the clearest and most straightforward of the bunch. But that’s just on this issue. Here’s his website: Dan Hynes for Governor. Looking at taxation as a key issue, his position is essentially what we expected — he’s not for tax cuts. He likes taxes as they are, but he favors tax credits — for activities that meet with his approval. Same old stuff. The dems all seem to like economic intelligent design, with their glorious selves as the designer.
That’s all we have on the Illinois governor’s race. It’s possible that whichever party wins, science education will be okay. But although a candidate’s position on evolution is a good indicator, bear in mind that it’s not the only issue in the world.
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