This doesn’t look good: Donald Trump meets with creationist Jerry Falwell Jr about possibly becoming next Secretary of Education. That headline appears in The Independent, published in London. The newspaper has a comments section. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Many of America’s conservative, evangelical community were distrustful of the religious bona fides of the thrice-married former casino magnate when he asked them to vote for him. One of Donald Trump’s strongest supporters on the religious right, however, was Jerry Falwell, the President of Liberty University and the son of Jerry Falwell, a celebrated Southern Baptist pastor.
Here comes the news — or rather, the rumor:
Now Mr Trump is reportedly considering appointing Mr Falwell to head the Department of Education, or at least offer him a position within the department, despite his teaching of so-called creationism to his students.
Egad! Then we’re told:
Mr Falwell, an early supporter of the billionaire businessman who declared his backing prior to the Iowa caucus, met with Mr Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence last week at Trump Tower in New York
“I let them know one of my passions is reforming higher education and education in general,” Mr Falwell told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “I told them I’d be willing – I have a lot of responsibilities here – but I’d be willing to serve in some capacity that sort of brings education back to some form of sanity.”
Sanity? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more:
Mr Falwell has said higher education has to “get back to the basics of teaching” and eschew the “ivory tower” mentality that has led to “salaries that are out of this world”. He added: “I just want to do whatever I can to get the overbearing bureaucracy of the Department of Education off the backs of colleges and universities. I do have a lot of concerns about the way the Department of Education is operating.”
There probably is too much bureaucratic nonsense, but … Falwell? The Independent continues:
The Washington Post reported that in Liberty’s science hall, which is stocked with the latest laboratory equipment, including a gene sequencer and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, faculty members teach evolution alongside biblical creationism.
Ah, they probably “teach the controversy,” and they do it objectively — e.g.: “Darwin says we’re nothing but animals descended from pond scum, and the bible says we’re made in God’s image.” Maybe in astronomy classes they teach both the geocentric and heliocentric models of the solar system.
Anyway, that’s the rumor. Make of it what you will, dear reader.
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