IN the Commercial Appeal, the predominant daily newspaper of Memphis, Tennessee, we read Tennessee governor’s candidates speak out: Values and social issues . Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
The three top Republican candidates for governor promise that if elected they will work to remove language from the Tennessee Constitution that protects abortion rights. The lone major Democrat in the race said he sees “no need” to amend the Constitution on the abortion issue.
No surprise. The GOP is obsessed with sexual issues these days. Let’s read on:
Stances cited by McWherter and the three top GOP candidates — Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp — came in response to a survey of candidates by the Tennessee Newspaper Network on social issues and values.
Okay, let’s get to the creationism. We continue:
The abortion question was among several questions on social issues and values that the Tennessee Newspaper Network submitted to the four candidates.
Candidates didn’t always offer clear-cut answers on issues such as allowing Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine. Liquor stores now have a monopoly that grocery stores argue harms consumers.
How does a state get itself into such a mess? Anyway, creationism is coming. Here’s we go:
The candidates differed on whether the state should require schools to teach alternatives to evolution such as intelligent design, the scientific theory that cumulative biological changes occur in a population over time. Intelligent design holds that some aspects of the universe and of living things are best explained by an “intelligent cause.”
[GOP candidate] Ramsey said intelligent design and evolution should be taught in public schools. “To choose one or the other would ignore the beliefs of large numbers of Tennesseans,” he said. “Our young people are smart enough to come to their own conclusions if both sides are presented fairly.”
Brilliant. Moving along:
Citing his belief that God “crafted human beings in his own image,” [GOP candidate] Wamp said, “I also believe in the scientific evolution of other species. However, most decisions on local school curriculum are best left to local school boards, educators and parents to debate and decide.”
Another genius. Don’t go away, there’s more:
In [GOP candidate] Haslam‘s view, children should “master the tools of modern biology” and be encouraged “to critically examine every theory.”
We know what that means, don’t we? He’s another creationist. Okay, those were the three GOP candidates. Here comes the Democrat:
McWherter said evolution is “founded in science and should be taught in science classes at school.” “That does not preclude my belief and faith in God,” he said. “I believe in God, and what I have learned in church has not only helped strengthen my faith, but my children’s faith as well.”
A slight waffle, but not too bad. Certainly better than the three Republicans. And now we come to the end:
The primary election is Aug. 5, and the general election will be held Nov. 2.
So there you are. It doesn’t look good in Tennessee.
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