Texas Governor Rick Perry: Hard-Core Creationist

AT the website of the San Angelo Standard-Times of San Angelo, Texas there’s an article about interviews with Governor Rick Perry and his election opponent, Bill White. The title is K-12 Education.

Unfortunately, the Standard-Times is a paper that doesn’t allow copying without permission, so you’ll have to read their article for yourself. We will, however, quote one sentence spoken by the Governor in response to a question about creationism in the schools:

I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution.

That’s not at all surprising, considering what we’ve already written about him (Is Texas Governor Rick Perry Insane?) Remember, it was Perry who named Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist, to be chairman of the Texas State Board of Education — an appointment which the Texas Senate refused to confirm.

Fortunately, because McLeroy was recently defeated in a primary election, his “service” on the SBOE will expire at the end of this year. That’s not the case regarding MeLeroy’s champion, however. Perry is running for re-election as Governor (see Texas gubernatorial election, 2010), so he’s likely to be around long after McLeroy returns to full-time dentistry.

In the same article, Perry’s Democrat opponent, Bill White, was asked the same question about creationism. He doesn’t say what he believes personally, only that it should be left up to the teachers and the local school officials. From that limited answer it’s not clear what he thinks, but he’s been critical of the SBOE in the past. See Creationism and the Campaign for Texas Governor.

On the issue of creationism, White is the better of the two. Indeed, it would be difficult to find anyone, anywhere, of whom that couldn’t be said. If creationism were the only issue, a voter’s choice would be easy. But it’s not the only issue; there’s a lot more going on.

There are single-issue voters out there, but is there anyone who has decided that creationism is the biggest issue in his life? Well, yes, there may be one — and we assume that Don McLeroy will probably vote for Perry.

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10 responses to “Texas Governor Rick Perry: Hard-Core Creationist

  1. Here’s my reply to a Talk.Origins post on the story:

    Perry appointed McLeroy, so what else can one expect him to say?

    What drives me up the wall is how no one ever asks these clowns simple
    follow-on questions, such as:

    1. How many years ago do you think life first appeared on Earth?

    2. Do you agree with ID advocate Michael Behe that you share
    biological ancestors with dogs and cats?

    3. In your desire for students to examine “all sides of a scientific
    theory” do you think they should learn the *fatal* weaknesses of ID
    and creationism, and how their advocates misrepresent evolution and
    refuse to support their own “theories” on anything but those long-
    refuted misrepresentations?

    4. As a Republican, don’t you think that students ought to learn all
    that on their parents’ dime instead of the taxpayers’?

  2. For kicks I posted those questions on Perry’s web site, and added how he owes Texans – and God – honest answers to those simple questions. I doubt that Perry will have the time to read them, but maybe some aide will, and have second thoughts. If 1000 people ask, though, sooner or later he’ll be unable to hide.

  3. Perry has a f*****g sweepstake to meet Troy Aikman if you sign up for being one of his home boys or whatever. Is that even legal?

  4. It’s difficult to know what Perry actually thinks, if anything. However, Pandering Perry is very adept at saying what the voters want to hear. If he can rustle up votes by talkin’ good ole boy, rootin’ shootin’, Bible thumpin’, damn liberal Yankees ain’t nothin’ but trouble pander-speak, then that’s what you get.

    Bill White, as mayor of Houston, on the other hand, actually knows how to get things done and is a smart guy. He organized relief efforts after Katrina, filled the Astrodome with 15,000 cots, provided food, laundry services, shelter and job hunting services for thousands displaced from New Orleans. He didn’t wait for FEMA. Guess you can tell where my vote’s going!

  5. He doesn’t say what he believes personally, only that it should be left up to the teachers and the local school officials.

    To say the least, it should not be left to the prejudices of teachers and local school officials.

    OTOH, I wonder what Perry thinks evolution even is:

    I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution.

    What are these “theories of evolution” of which he speaks? Does he think that Lamarckism is as legitimate as real modern science, or is he too stupid to realize that, while debates continue with respect to how much the various mechanisms are responsible for change, evolutionary theory is largely a single coherent theory?

    Of course the likely answer is that, as with virtually all anti-evolutionists, Perry knows essentially nothing about evolution except that his religion is against it.

  6. Perry knows essentially nothing about evolution except that his religion is against it.

    That would make Perry “somewhat” principled.

    The real reason is that his VOTERS are against it.

  7. I’m not a single-issue voter, but everything else considered if one candidate publicly denies the fact evolution happens I do my utmost to get that candidate defeated, not only with my own vote but also trying to persuade other people to not vote for the ignorant clown.

    I sincerely believe anyone that gullible and out of touch with reality, or anyone that evil to lie about it if they do know the truth, should not be in any position of authority anywhere.

  8. The Bicycling Guitarist writes,
    “…or anyone that evil to lie about it if they do know the truth, should not be in any position of authority anywhere.”

    Did you have Gov. Bobby Jindal in mind?

  9. retiredsciguy: “Did you have Gov. Bobby Jindal in mind?”

    I can’t vouch for The BG, but Jindal certainly came to my mind. Even if he were my all-time favorite candidate on every other issue, his position on science education would force me to vote for anyone who ran against him. As a Republican, I always make sure to vote against them in the primary. Which I did in PA in ’06 after another guy named Rick had sold out to anti-evolution activists.

  10. Doc says, “Guess you can tell where my vote’s going!”

    Me too!

    Chant it with me:

    GOVERNOR GOODHAIR’S GOT TO GO! GOVERNOR GOODHAIR’S GOT TO GO!!!!