REMEMBER the big news from a few months ago? This was a typical headline from 04 November 2009: Republicans Win Governor’s Races in New Jersey, Virginia. That story said:
In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie beat out Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, even though Obama campaigned heavily for the incumbent in the closing days of the race and the state has not elected a Republican governor since 1993.
Okay, that was then. Now flash forward to today. The Newark Star-Ledger, the most widely circulated newspaper in New Jersey, has an editorial which urges Confirm Bret Schundler as N.J.’s commissioner of education.
Who is Bret Schundler? According to Wikipedia:
Bret D. Schundler (born January 14, 1959 in Colonia, New Jersey) is an American politician from New Jersey. He was the mayor of Jersey City from 1992 until 2001. Schundler was the city’s first Republican mayor since 1917. He was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for Governor of New Jersey in 2001, and tried again for the same post in 2005, but failed to secure the Republican nomination. Prior to his first run for mayor, Schundler was a Democrat. Schundler is currently the chief operating officer of The King’s College, a Christian liberal arts college in New York City.
Okay, now what does the Newark Star-Ledger have to say? Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Democrats on the Judiciary Committee couldn’t bring themselves to vote in favor of Bret Schundler’s confirmation as commissioner of education this week. So they punted instead, moving the issue to the full Senate without a recommendation.
That’s just politics. What about creationism? What kind of a Commissioner of Education did Governor Christie appoint? Let’s read on:
During his 2001 campaign for governor, Schundler won support from the Christian Coalition after he assured them on a range of issues. He supported voluntary prayer in public schools. He supported sex education programs that “stress abstinence rather than safe sex.” He opposed teaching that homosexuality is an “acceptable” lifestyle.
He’s an all-too-familiar type. But is he also a creationist? We continue:
He believes that schools should be allowed to teach “intelligent design” alongside evolution.
“I think we should teach evolution, but I wouldn’t tell a district you can’t raise additional questions,” he said yesterday. “People should be humble and let science lead where it leads, and not presume that questions are settled.”
Creationists should take their own advice and practice a bit of humility when it comes to science, about which they know nothing. Here’s more from the editorial:
You can see the danger. If Schundler pushes any of this as commissioner, he’s sure to provoke endless arguments that will distract him from the job of improving the schools.
He says he gets that, that he will follow the governor’s lead on policy, and that his real passion is to help children learn.
In your Curmudgeon’s experience, creationist politicians are utterly without honor about such things; they shamelessly lie to conceal their theocratic motives. But we’re always hoping for an exception. Perhaps Schundler will be the one.
This is how the editorial ends:
Confirm the man — he’s the governor’s choice. But cross your fingers.
The first sentence would normally make sense, but in this case it’s terrible advice. The second sentence is just plain stupid. But remember: We’re talking about New Jersey.
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