Bradley Byrne is a former Democrat, current Republican, running to become Governor of Alabama. His background includes degrees from Duke and the University of Alabama — he even served as Chancellor of Alabama’s community colleges — so you would think he has a decent head on his shoulders.
He’s currently the subject of a rather interesting attack ad…:
What?! He supported evolution!? Heathen.
Byrne wisely responded by saying:
It seems obvious to me that parts of the Bible are meant to be taken metaphorically. It’s not a history or science textbook, after all. The Bible is the basis of my faith and I believe we have to be realistic about what it tells us.
As for Evolution, I supported it then and I support it now. Yes, I am a deeply religious man, but evolution is backed up by the facts and it’s absurd that my opponent would go after me for supporting sound science.
I believe the Bible is the Word of God and that every single word of it is true. From the earliest parts of this campaign, a paraphrased and incomplete parsing of my words have been knowingly used to insinuate that I believe something different than that. My faith is at the center of my life and my belief in Jesus Christ as my personal savior and Lord guides my every action.
As a Christian and as a public servant, I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God. As a member of the Alabama Board of Education, the record clearly shows that I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our school text books…
Have fun electing one of these fundies, Alabama…
(via Huffington Post — Thanks to Rebecca for the link!)