This is the time when we need to take a look at the potential candidates for US President, to see which ones are creationists and which ones are — shall we say — reasonably sane in that regard. We’ve already written about a few of them during the last Presidential election cycle. We’ll get around to them again if they become credible candidates this time.
The first of the serious Republican contenders to pop up in the news regarding this question is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. According to this article from CBS News, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dodges question on evolution, he’d rather not talk about it. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Walker, a Republican who’s mulling a presidential bid in 2016 and has seen his stock rise in recent weeks, was traveling in London as part of a trade mission to promote business ties between his state and the United Kingdom. The sole public event during his foreign foray was a speech at the Chatham House in London. During a question-and-answer session after his speech, Walker was asked whether he’s comfortable with the idea of evolution by natural selection and whether he believes in it personally.
Okay, what did he say? Here it comes:
“I’m going to punt on that one as well,” Walker replied. “That’s a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or the other.”
In a sense, that’s true. We don’t want politicians interfering in scientific matters. On the other hand, with so much government-financed research, much of it defense related, the attitude of a President about science will inevitably come up. Consider what history might have been if Roosevelt had refused to support the Manhattan Project because he thought science was a bunch of godless nonsense. Obviously, how a President thinks about science is important. Let’s read on:
Because education policymaking is done primarily at the state level, a number of governors have weighed in on the issue, and several state legislatures have debated bills that would permit public schools to teach alternative theories like intelligent design, which holds that life was created by some kind of higher power.
Yes, but since we started blogging in 2008, there hasn’t been any state-wide creationism issue in Wisconsin, so Walker has been able to stay out of the controversy. The CBS News story continues:
Walker signaled Wednesday that he’s not exactly leaping to opine on the issue, perhaps mindful that a definitive answer could put him at odds with either swing voters or a segment of conservative voters.
That may be the smart way to play it, in terms of party primary politics, but still, we need to know how he thinks. Is he pro-science, or is he a science-denier? More broadly, does he decide issues based on evidence, or in some non-rational way? It’s fine if a candidate has strong principles, but they have to be based in reality, not ideology. One last excerpt:
Walker later added on Twitter, “Both science & my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God. I believe faith & science are compatible, & go hand in hand.”
Science indicates that we’re created by God? We’ll be generous and consider that to be an empty platitude. For the moment, Walker is an enigma. But he can’t keep dodging the issue. We’ll be watching.
Update: Scott Walker Is a Creationist.
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