A couple of weeks ago we wrote Republican Presidential Candidates & Creationism. Now we have a follow-up. There will probably be many more before next year’s election.
In the Des Moines Register of Des Moines, Iowa we read Iowa church touting Creationism a big draw for some White House hopefuls. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A little Iowa church that preaches the theory that the Bible’s book of Genesis could be a scientifically accurate account of the beginning of the world has become a magnet for religious conservative presidential candidates.
Don’t laugh, dear reader. This is useful information. Who has been going there? We’re told:
Republicans Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee have already visited the First Assembly of God Church in Indianola. Bobby Jindal is booked to be at the church Saturday.
No surprises there. Let’s read on:
Carson, a retired doctor who has previously said he believes in Creationism, drew about 100 people to the church on June 16. Whlie there, he said no political party trumps the sacrifices America has made to ensure freedom, including the First Amendment and the freedom of religion. “That means not freedom from religion, but it means freedom to believe as you wish,” Carson said. “And as long as your freedom doesn’t infringe upon anybody else’s freedom you can believe whatever you want.”
Yes, you can believe anything you want, but a President should have a keen appreciation of reality. Anyway, that’s Carson. We continue:
Huckabee, an ordained minister, drew a crowd of 60 at the the church in early June. Huckabee has ran into the question of evolution before, and was asked to clarify his belief in Creationism in a 2007 presidential debate hosted by CNN. “It’s interesting that that question would even be asked of somebody running for president,” Huckabee said. “I’m not planning on writing a curriculum of an eighth grade science book.” Huckabee during the debate said people either believe God created the heavens and the Earth or that it was all just an accident and the creation of the universe happened on its own. He added that the question boils down to whether he believes in God, which he does.
We all knew about Huckabee. Here’s more:
Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, is scheduled to visit the Faith Assembly of God Church Saturday, July 18, before heading to the religious conservative Family Leadership Summit in Ames.
The newspaper doesn’t say much else, and we really didn’t learn anything new. But the Iowa caucuses are the first major electoral event of the nominating process for President of the United States, so it’s likely that all the candidates will be going to that state. We’ll be watching to see who else shows up at that church.
It’s not the yellow-brick road to Oz, but creationist candidates think that following the trail of drool will get them to the White House. Maybe it will. This election is shaping up to be an exercise in choosing the lesser of two evils.
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