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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