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August 29, 2006

Santorum's Flip-Flops

We've already written about Senator Santorum's flip-flop on his own pay raise (he voted for it after declaring years before that he'd never take one), and now as the Guardian reports:
Philosophers, scientists and other intellectuals close to Pope Benedict will gather at his summer palace outside Rome this week for intensive discussions that could herald a fundamental shift in the Vatican's view of evolution.

There have been growing signs the Pope is considering aligning his church more closely with the theory of "intelligent design" taught in some US states.
And then there's this:
The Pope also raised the issue in the inaugural sermon of his pontificate, saying: "We are not the accidental product, without meaning, of evolution."

A few months later, Cardinal Schönborn, who is regarded as being close to Benedict, wrote an article for the New York Times backing moves to teach ID. He was attacked by Father George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory. On August 19, Fr Coyne was replaced without explanation. Vatican sources said the Pope's former astronomer, who has cancer, had asked to be replaced.
But I got to wondering about another famous flip-flop of Rick's - on Intelligent Design. The American Family Associate of Pennsylvania issued this press release in December that begins with this passage:
Senator Rick Santorum’s agreement with Judge John Jones’ decision concerning the Dover Area School District ’s policy pertaining to Evolution and Intelligent Design is yet another example of why conservatives can no longer trust the Senator, a statewide traditional values group said today. [emphasis added]
There are other examples? Do tell! Do tell!

We've written about this here and here.

I'm also wondering if, since Lil Ricky hasn't been able to move his poll numbers up very much, he's looking for a way to flip back on Intelligent Design - you know to "energize his base" and all that.

Rick Santorum - Flip-flopper


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