LePage has eluded our news sweeps since then, but today he popped up again in the Bangor Daily News of Bangor, Maine. Their headline is LePage’s new education commissioner supports teaching creationism in public schools. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Over the course of his tenure as Maine’s governor, the LePage administration has earned a reputation for cronyism by appointing friends and family members to high-ranking positions. So it should come as no surprise that the governor’s appointee for Maine’s acting education commissioner is someone who he has close ties with.
That’s not remarkable behavior for a politician. Where’s the creationism? Patience, dear reader, it’s coming:
Bill Beardsley, who will replace a retired Jim Rier, was president of LePage’s alma mater Husson University from 1987 to 2010. In 2010 Beardsley also was one of the Republican hopefuls vying for the party’s nomination for governor, which LePage wound up receiving.
Okay, now it gets interesting:
What should come as a surprise, though, is that Beardsley and LePage are both on record supporting the teaching of creationism alongside evolution in Maine public schools. Dating back to 2010, when the two were sparring for the GOP nomination with several other hopefuls, the candidates were asked about creationism in a televised debate.
We discussed some of this back then, but it’s worthy of repetition, so let’s read on:
The debate’s moderator, Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s Jennifer Rooks, asked, “Do you believe in creationism, and do you think it should be taught in Maine public schools?” To the question, which was asked in a “lightning round” format, which gives candidates limited time to answer, LePage responded, “I would say intelligence, uh, the more education you have the more knowledge you have the better person you are and I believe yes and yes.”
Beardsley answered simply, “I would teach creationism.”
Interesting, isn’t it? Beardsley also remarked that he wasn’t interested in teaching global warming, but we’ll skip that. This is the article’s last paragraph:
The term for an acting commissioner is six months, but if LePage wishes, he can appoint him for the position permanently. The appointment would then go to hearings by the Education Committee and the Board of Education, which, if approved, would then go to the State Senate for a final confirmation vote.
So there you are. The newspaper has a comments feature, which already has 30 comments. They also have an online poll which asks: “Should creationism be taught in public schools?”, but we can’t see the results. We’ll keep watching for future developments.
Update: New Development in Maine Creationism.
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