THIS one needs to be added to our recent post about Creationists on the Ballot: November 2010. The Republican party of Delaware just selected Christine O’Donnell to be their candidate for the US Senate. Good lord — what have they done?
New York Magazine carries this story today: GOP’s Delaware Senate Nominee Christine O’Donnell Not a Big Fan of Evolution. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
[Christine O’Donnell] won the Republican nomination for the Senate in Delaware fair and square, against a much more experienced, much more moderate, much more respected opponent, nine-term congressman and former governor Mike Castle.
There were conservative Republicans who had objections to Castle, but it’s difficult to say that things have improved with O’Donnell as their candidate. Let’s keep going:
[O]n March 30 of 1996, in her role as the spokeswoman for the Concerned Women of America, O’Donnell debated the merits of evolution on CNN, and she was not a fan.
In an election year when the Republicans should be able have it all their way, why do they keep doing this to themselves? We continue:
… O’Donnell squared off against Michael McKinney, a University of Tennessee professor of evolutionary biology. Not only was O’Donnell in favor of teaching creationism alongside evolution, but she wasn’t even sure evolution was real. According to a transcript, via Nexis:
Here they quote O’Donnell from the transcript:
Well, as the senator from Tennessee mentioned, evolution is a theory and it’s exactly that. There is not enough evidence, consistent evidence to make it as fact, and I say that because for theory to become a fact, it needs to consistently have the same results after it goes through a series of tests. … Now too many people are blindly accepting evolution as fact. But when you get down to the hard evidence, it’s merely a theory.
Now, he said that it’s based on fact. I just want to point out a couple things. First of all, they use carbon dating, as an example, to prove that something was millions of years old. Well, we have the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens and the carbon dating test that they used then would have to then prove that these were hundreds of millions of years younger …
Well, creationism, in essence, is believing that the world began as the Bible in Genesis says, that God created the Earth in six days, six 24-hour periods. And there is just as much, if not more, evidence supporting that.
Maybe she’ll get elected in November, maybe she won’t. If she wins, we have to look on the bright side — there will be one less Dem in the Senate. On the other hand, this woman is an imbecile. But hey — she’s a Republican imbecile. It could be worse.
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