Texas Gov. Candidates United on Creationism

Texas Gov. Candidates United on Creationism December 18, 2013

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to hear that all of the men running for the Republican nomination to be the next governor of Texas agree that creationism should be taught in public schools. Asked that question during a debate, they all agreed on that position.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said he happens “to believe in creationism.”

“I believe that in fairness we need to expose students to both sides of this,” he said. “That’s why I’ve supported including in our textbooks the discussion of the biblical account of life and creation, and I understand there are a lot of people who disagree with me, and believe in evolution.”

Both sides? If we must teach religious alternatives to scientific theories, there are thousands of sides, not just to evolution but to every other theory. So obviously we’ll need to teach Christian Science, crystal therapy and homeopathy in addition to the germ theory of disease. And flat earthism. And hollow earthism. And Raelianism. Oh wait, we don’t? You only want to teach Christian alternatives? What a coincidence.

Both state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples echoed Dewhurst’s remarks, saying that as Christians they believe students should learn the biblical view of creation in school.

“Our students … must really be confused. They go to Sunday School on Sunday and then they go into school on Monday and we tell them they can’t talk about God,” said Patrick. “I’m sick and tired of a minority in our country who want us to turn our back on God.”

I know, right? They go to Sunday School and learn one thing, then go to school and learn another. Of course, different churches teach radically different things in Sunday School, so I guess we should just close up public schools completely to avoid such “confusion.”

Patterson did not mention creationism in his response directly but said he thought schools had focused too much on political correctness out of what he called a mistaken belief that the U.S. Constitution mandated the separation of church and state.

“Show me where that’s in the Constitution, because it’s not in the Constitution,” he said. “I see nothing wrong with standing up at least for a moment of silence, let those who wish to pray pray in their own faith. I see nothing wrong with having a prayer before a high school football game.”

Seriously. Someone who says something that stupid may be the next governor of Texas. In fact, saying something that stupid undoubtedly makes it more likely that he’ll be elected.

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