It’s interesting that that question would even be asked of somebody running for President. 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.Actually, it's rather frightening that the question has to be posed to someone hoping to become President. The state of affairs has gotten so bad that it's no longer a given that the leader of the free world would be scientifically literate.
But you’ve raised the question, so let me answer it. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” To me it’s pretty simple, a person either believes that God created this process or believes that it was an accident and that it just happened all on its own.Take a look at what Huckabee does. God created the process. Leaving the door as wide open as both creationism (and it's academic cousin Intelligent Design) and evolution are both processes.
And the basic question was an unfair question because it simply asks us in a simplistic manner whether or not we believed — in my view — whether there’s a God or not. Well let me be very clear: I believe there is a God. I believe there is a God who was active in the creation process. Now, how did he do it, and when did he do it, and how long did he take? I don’t honestly know, and I don’t think knowing that would make me a better or a worse president.Now the big guns come out. The question of evolution is the question of God's existence. Spoken before a Republican audience looking for a solid political conservative, the message is clear.
But I’ll tell you what I can tell the country. If they 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. And as the words of Martin Luther, “Here I stand. I can do no other.” And I will not take that back.Really? There are "plenty of choices" of candidates who don't believe in God? Who? What party?
Having spun the question away from evolution and to defending his own belief of God's existence, Huckabee is asked a more pointed question. Does he believe that the biblical story of creation is literally true?
My point is, I don’t know; I wasn’t there. (Laughter.) But I believe whether God did it in six days or whether he did it in six days that represented periods of time, he did it, and that’s what’s important.I'm pretty sure Claus von Bulow never schtupped Marie Antoinette, even though I wasn't there. The argument Huckabee is using ("I don't know, I wasn't there") is actually a criticism of evolution. It goes like this: Since the evolutionists claim the process took place billions of years ago, they can't also claim to have witnessed it directly. And since science only works with the data of what is direclty witnessed by scientitists, how can "evolution" be said to be a science?
The Straight-talkin' Senator John McCain's answer was even more frightening:
No, I believe that’s up to the school districts. But I think that every American should be exposed to all theories.Why should scientific illiteracy be an option for school districts? Too bad Wolf Blitzer didn't ask about the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Ladies and Gentlemen, your GOP. Where scientific illiteracy is no obstacle to Presidential aspirations.