BISD? That’s the Bryan Independent School District. As for Josh Smith, he was the the operations manager at a television station, so he says he has budgeting experience. We’ll skip all the questions that don’t interest us, and get right to the one on creationism. Here we go, with bold font added by us:
Q. Where do you stand on teaching evolution in the schools?
A. I believe that evolution is a theory, I think that politics and political correctness have turned evolution into kind of like global warming — ‘If you don’t believe it, then you’re a moron’ — but the trouble with that is we’ve been watching animals for at least a couple hundred years of recorded history and nobody’s ever seen one evolve. I don’t have a problem with teaching evolution as a theory, I also don’t have a problem with teaching creationism as a theory. I look at the world through a Christian viewpoint, that’s my worldview, I have a strong belief system.
He sounds like the right man for the job — in Bryan. But his answer is longer than that. He continues:
I believe that the Bible’s accurate in how the world was created. I don’t personally believe in evolution, but also, from a scientific standpoint, I think that science is a healthy process, and when it’s done honestly it’s good. I think too often science becomes unhealthy because it’s not honest.
Science isn’t honest? Let’s read on:
We use science as a weapon against religion, specifically against Christianity, and I don’t think that’s what science is good for, and I think evolution is sometimes on the front line of that. We’re going to totally discount anything that has anything to do with Christianity, therefore we’re going to push evolution as the only possible theory.
No comment. His answer continues:
There’s lots of evidence contradicting evolution, lots of evidence. And that’s OK. I think kids, I think the object of the exercise is to teach kids to think. I don’t worry about the truth. If we teach kids to find the truth, they’ll get where they need to be. I don’t believe that we need to brainwash children into an anti-religious viewpoint. I think that’s as damaging as brainwashing children into a pro-religious viewpoint. I think if you teach kids to find the truth, then they’ll come up with the right answers.
That’s all he had to say on the subject. It’s quite enough for the voters to know what they’re getting with him. But who’s his opponent? His name is Trey Moore. That newspaper also published an interview with him: BISD school board hopeful William ‘Trey’ Moore III, and they asked him the same question. Here’s his answer:
That’s a pretty fair question. I think that obviously evolution should be included in curriculum. I know that there are a lot of people who have objections to it in a religious belief context, for me personally, I think that it can be presented exactly what it is, which is the theory of evolution. It should be put out there, and it can always be predicated with a statement that this is a theory that is currently the most commonly held belief and the most commonly held theory and you explain it. I don’t see a qualm with that.
Based on what little we know about Bryan, Texas — which is limited to our long exposure to Don McLeroy — we predict that Josh Smith is going to win. If the press reports the election results, then we’ll know if we were correct.
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