Creationism in Maine Governor’s Race

IN the Portland Press Herald, the principal daily paper for Portland, Maine, we read Cutler leads pack in early fundraising. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Independent Eliot Cutler has already raised more than $700,000 for the general election, leading the pack of privately financed candidates in the race for governor.

An independent candidate for governor is raising loads of money. Why should we care? Let’s read on:

In his campaign commercials, Republican Les Otten — who finished second in the GOP primary — raised his right hand and took a pledge not to raise taxes.

That’s nice. Then the article talks about Waterville Mayor Paul LePage, a Republican:

During the media scrum last week after LePage‘s unity event, he [presumably LePage] was asked what he’ll do to appeal to moderates who may object to his opposition to abortion and gay marriage and his support for teaching creationism in schools.

Creationism? In Maine? Apparently so. Here’s more of his views:

Creationism: “Quite frankly, it’s a learning tool for our kids. I think we should teach them everything possible and let them make their own minds up on how they want to live their lives.”

The man’s an idiot. Hey, while they’re teaching six-day creation and Noah’s Ark, why not also teach the kiddies that Dracula was a vampire — you know, as a learning tool — and then let them make up their own minds? Here’s the rest of this guy’s “social values” positions:

Gay marriage: “Maine people decided, they voted. I will uphold the law.”

Pro-life: “Coming from 18 kids, if I was for pro-choice, I might not be here.”

He then said social issues won’t be the focus of his campaign or administration. “If we concentrate on social issues as the No. 1 issue this fall, the state of Maine is doomed,” he said. “We have to concentrate on jobs, fiscal responsibility, accountability.”

We didn’t get much else out of that newspaper article, and we’re not certain of what we did find, so we searched around a bit more. Here’s a link to LePage’s campaign website. We couldn’t find creationism there, but the man’s picture certainly makes him look like a creationist.

Wait — we found something else. At the website of something called Maine NewsSimply we read GOP Candidates on Creationism in Maine’s Schools. We’re told:

While still a hot topic in many states, you don’t hear much about teaching creationism in Maine. At least I don’t hear much in the circles I travel. At last night’s Republican debate [the story is dated 08 May] candidates were asked if creationism should be taught alongside creationism [sic] in Maine’s schools.

And here are the responses:

Steve Abbott: No
Bill Beardsley: Yes
Matt Jacobson: Teach evolution in philosophy and teach science in science.
Paul LePage: Yes
Peter Mills: No
Les Otten: No
Bruce Poliquin: Yes

Steve Abbott, Les Otten and Peter Mills say “No.” And observe that Jacobson sounds like an escapee from a lunatic asylum. Except for Otten and LePage, we don’t know if any of those guys are still in the race. The journalist then says:

This was a lightning round question, so there was little time for explanation. Though I can’t speak for him, I assume Jacobson meant creationism and evolution should be debated as competing viewpoints, not science fact.

Maybe so. Anyway, Maine’s governorship race seems to be one to watch.

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4 responses to “Creationism in Maine Governor’s Race

  1. Check your transcribing – you have “teaching creationism alongside creationism” and have “evolution” in place of “creationism” in the comment by Jacobson…

    Otherwise, interesting spread of opinion. 3 out of 7 for teaching creationism is still a minority… we Texans are jealous.

  2. Ed says: “Check your transcribing”

    My cut-and-paste was accurate, and Jacobson seems to have said it just like that. But I didn’t notice the newspaper’s error in describing its own question. You’ve got a good eye. I’ve noted their blunder with a “sic” flag. Thanks.

  3. Gabriel Hanna

    “Coming from 18 kids, if I was for pro-choice, I might not be here.”

    Is Page saying he could have aborted himself? He must be the Nigel Tufnel of Maine conservatism.

  4. Curmudgeon: “My cut-and-paste was accurate, and Jacobson seems to have said it just like that. But I didn’t notice the newspaper’s error in describing its own question.”

    That, and in particular the fact that Jacobson never mentioned “creationism,” strongly suggests that he got his propaganda from the DI, as opposed to AiG or a secondary source (e.g. a fundamentalist church). But putting words (specifically “creationsm”) in Jacobsen’s mouth the newspaper becomes “part of the problem,” as I discussed in the other thread.

    IMO, a DI disciple is more dangerous than an overt Biblical because they can mislead a larger audience. And if they can convince anyone that a critic who confuses them with “creationists” is unwilling or unable to see the difference, they score more unearned points.