Creationism in the Election for Illinois Governor

THE last time we wrote about this was here: Illinois Governor’s Race: A Nightmare Choice, in which we discussed Bill Brady, the creationist candidate for Governor of Illinois.

In the Chicago Tribune we read Quinn and Brady take shots over education at union meeting. The candidates, Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and Republican rival Bill Brady, differ in a number of ways regarding education issues, most of which are of interest only to residents of Illinois.

Here’s the one paragraph we care about, with bold added by us:

The men were also asked about their stances on teaching creationism in the classroom. Quinn said he was opposed to schools requiring the subject be taught, while Brady said it was a decision that should be made at the local level.

Isn’t that sweet? Brady thinks he can duck the issue by saying it should be decided at the local level. Does he think he’s fooling anyone?

When a politician tries to waffle, there’s usually a way to pin him down. In this case it would be by asking him this follow-up: Would you also favor the teaching of flat earth to be decided by local school boards?

If he answers “Yes,” everyone will know he’s crazy. If he says “No,” then it’ll be clear that the level at which the decision gets made is just a distraction. He favors teaching creationism.

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3 responses to “Creationism in the Election for Illinois Governor

  1. Curmudgeron: “If he answers ‘Yes,’ everyone will know he’s crazy. If he says ‘No,’ then it’ll be clear that the level at which the decision gets made is just a distraction. He favors teaching creationism.”

    All but the most clueless politicians will know to evade that question unless it is asked so often that the evasion is noticed by a significant % of voters. So c’mon everyone, put him on the spot.

  2. I have a hard time believing a Republican could win in Illinois. The Dem machine will just steal it. But otherwise, I like watching two idiots gnaw on each other, knowing the outcome.

    The Democrats have a never-ending line of sleazy politicians to put up, and based one history, so do the Republicans. The outcome: a sleazy governor, either party. The Creationism is a minor blip in the sleaze.

    When will the people wake up?

  3. It’s an interesting coincidence that, as in Inherit the Wind, the creationist is named Brady.