During the first Republican presidential debate, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, and Mike Huckabee all said they did not believe in evolution.
Brownback later displayed further ignorance about evolution when writing a pathetic op-ed for the New York Times.
So perhaps you thought those candidates learned their lesson before last night’s Republican debate? Not so much.
This time, it was Mike Huckabee who showed us why we should ignore things that come out of his mouth.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth,” said Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister. “A person either believes that God created the process or believes that it was an accident and that it just happened all on its own.”
Huckabee also said that if Americans “want a president who doesn’t believe in God, there’s probably plenty of choices. But if I’m selected as president of this country, they’ll have one who believes in those words that God did create.”
Huckabee later added, “If anybody wants to believe that they are the descendants of a primate, they are certainly welcome to do it.”
Actually, there are not “plenty of choices” for a presidential candidate who does not believe in God.
There’s not even one single candidate who would dare say he/she doesn’t believe in God.
And that’s thanks to Huckabee and others like him who cast atheists in such a negative light.
On a side note, John McCain also stepped in to show that he supports ignorance (and pandering to the religious base):
“I admire [Huckabee's] description, because I hold that view,” said McCain, an Episcopalian. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the hand of God was in what we are today. And I do believe that we are unique, and [I] believe that God loves us.”
Later on, Huckabee made the dumbest statement I’ve heard in the debates so far:
And Huckabee made it clear that he did not appreciate the [evolution] question, either, calling it unfair.
“It’s interesting that that question would even be asked of somebody running for president,” Huckabee said. “I’m not planning on writing the curriculum for an eighth-grade science book. I’m asking for the opportunity to be president of the United States.”
Imagine if he had said “I’m not planning on writing the curriculum for a third-grade math book. I’m asking for the opportunity to be president of the United States.”
He would’ve looked like an idiot. (Well, even more so.) But more people would’ve understood. If this guy can’t do simple math, why should we elect him president?
However, when Huckabee admits scientific “illiteracy,” people just seem to shrug it off. Why isn’t there a bigger uproar, considering the importance of science to our nation’s status in the world?
If Huckabee doesn’t even understand eighth-grade science, much less evolution, he does not have the brain power to be the most powerful person in the country.
I mean, hell, look at the consequences with our current president, who thinks the “jury’s still out” on evolution.
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