Tennessee Governor’s Race: Incurable Creationism

OUR last post on this topic was Creationism in Tennessee Governor’s Race. All three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination declared that they’re creationists, and the Dem candidate waffled on the subject. The primary election is on 05 August, and the general election will be 02 November.

What could be new in such a hopeless situation? Not much, but the Tennessee geniuses all had a debate last night. At the website of The Tennessean, a political blog operated by the newspaper of the same name, we read Live-blogging the gubernatorial debate. Here’s the only part that interests us:

Question about intel­li­gent design and evo­lu­tion in the pub­lic schools

McWherter [Democrat]: There’s a place for talk­ing about evoution in our pub­lic schools. We can blend science and religion, and the two do not have to contradict each other.

Ramsey [GOP, Lt. Gov.]: We do need to teach intel­ligent design in schools. “I’m a Christian.”

Wamp [GOP, U.S. Rep.]: Man is not the center of the universe: God is. If going to teach evolution, it bet­ter be counter-acted by teaching of intelligent design.

Haslam [GOP, Knoxville Mayor]: I believe in an intelligent designer. Also believe we can teach science in schools. “That doesn’t scare me at all.”

There you are. It’s like watching a Three Stooges movie. Except there’s four of them, and they aren’t trying to be funny.

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4 responses to “Tennessee Governor’s Race: Incurable Creationism

  1. Gosh, I feel so smugly European reading this!

    (Turns back to financial pages, shudders)

  2. Gabriel Hanna

    You’d have to see exactly what they said, but Haslam and McWherter do not appear to be saying that anything but evolution should be taught in science class. The other two explicitly that.

    If we’re going to treat theists as creationists, then they will end up being creationists.

  3. Gabriel Hanna said:

    You’d have to see exactly what they said, but Haslam and McWherter do not appear to be saying that anything but evolution should be taught in science class.

    They’re either expressly creationist or else they’re ducking the issue by being deliberately vague.

  4. retiredsciguy

    I agree with Gabriel. It seems that Haslam is merely stating his personal religious beliefs, and not saying that’s what should be taught in schools.

    Hey, it’s Tennessee. They have to be deliberately vague. Anyone wishing to be elected to statewide office can’t appear to be anti-religion.

    Ramsay and Wamp, on the other hand, are saying that they would deliberately violate their oath of office and not uphold the Constitution.