A week ago we wrote Massive Creationism Epidemic Near Chicago when it was reported that in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, all four District 95 School Board candidates supported teaching creationism “alongside evolution in science classes.”
The candidates had been interviewed by the Daily Herald, a suburban Chicago newspaper with the third-largest circulation in Illinois. Today that same newspaper reports: Dist. 95 candidates distance selves from creationism comments. It’s a sad tale of creationist politicians slipping and sliming around in a mess of their own making. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Three candidates for the Lake Zurich Unit District 95 board are distancing themselves from comments they made about creationism’s role in school. Two of them now say they misunderstood the question asked by a Daily Herald reporter about the issue.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The Daily Herald then says:
In a Feb. 24 interview at the Daily Herald’s Lake County office, all four candidates were asked, “Do you believe that creationism should be taught alongside evolution in science classes?”
The comments were reported in the Feb. 26 Daily Herald and online at dailyherald.com. A digital audio recording of the full exchange is available at dailyherald.com.
We’re inclined to believe the newspaper. Nevertheless, two of the candidates say they didn’t understand the question. Let’s read on:
Since that discussion, the issue has been picked up by bloggers focused on the creationism-vs.-evolution debate and other media.
If your Curmudgeon’s humble blog played a small role in embarrassing the candidates, we’re delighted — but the Daily Herald deserves all the credit. The newspaper says the candidates later discussed the issue on Facebook, and:
Wallace was the only candidate not to reverse his stance at the [Facebook] forum. He read a statement and quoted comments he’s made on a Facebook page dedicated to the controversy, facebook.com/NoCreationismAtD95.
We know nothing about Facebook, so we can’t deal with that. The newspaper quotes Wallace’s Facebook comment as follows:
“It is unfortunate that the question that should have been asked was not: ‘Does this candidate support the teaching of a unilateral curriculum of creationism vs. the current theory of evolution in a science class,” Wallace’s posting reads, in part. “The answer to that question is most assuredly no.”
Whatever that means. The Daily Herald then goes on at great length reporting on the spinning and squirming of the other three candidates. If you like to see creationists making fools of themselves, click over there and read it. Here’s one more excerpt:
On Thursday, a letter from the entire District 95 school board to the community was added to the district’s website [Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95]. It states the district’s curriculum follows state standards and the laws of Illinois, which do not allow for the teaching of creationism in science class.
This is a link to the Letter from the District 95 Board of Education to the Community. Briefly, it says:
[T]the Board of Education would like to take a moment to reassure our community that creationism is not part of the District 95 science curriculum. … The Illinois Learning Standards and the laws of Illinois do not allow for the teaching of creationism in science class, and we do not do so.
But three of the current crop of candidates, Burke, Goldberg and Pietro, are incumbents. They’re on the Board now and they signed that letter. We’ll leave it up to you to evaluate the letter’s credibility.
When we blogged about the original story our impression was that all four candidates are idiots. Now we have the impression that they are also without honor. In other words, they’re typical creationist politicians.
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