Monday, November 14, 2005

Another wedge issue they can't win

Even Rick Santorum doesn't think creationism qualifies as science. Well, at least, now he doesn't. You don't think that maybe has anything to do with the fact that the ultra-right wing Senator losing badly in the polls for his race next year and just saw eight pro-creationism school board members voted out right in the center of his state, do you?

Nah, it's principles, not politics, right? Uh, yeah. Maybe not. From the Beaver Creek Times (no really, it's from the Beaver Creek Times):

BEAVER FALLS - U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Saturday that he doesn't believe that intelligent design belongs in the science classroom.

Santorum's comments to The Times are a shift from his position of several years ago, when he wrote in a Washington Times editorial that intelligent design is a "legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in the classroom."

But on Saturday, the Republican said that, "Science leads you where it leads you."

... [Last week, televangelist Pat] Robertson warned residents, "If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected him from your city."

Santorum said flatly Saturday, "I disagree. I don't believe God abandons people," and said he has not spoken to Robertson about his comments.

Though Santorum said he believes that intelligent design is "a legitimate issue," he doesn't believe it should be taught in the classroom, adding that he had concerns about some parts of the theory.

Earlier this summer, President Bush said he favored teaching intelligent design in the classroom.

With Santorum running for re-election next year, and with Bush and the Republican Party taking some significant hits in public confidence in recent months, Santorum insisted he is not trying to distance himself from Bush.

No matter what he says, he is distancing himself from Bush and the wingnut faction of the party that he is beholden to. Only problem is that Santorum is such a posterboy for that very faction that it will be hard to convince anybody that he's moderate.

One thing's for sure. The right has handed us progressives a wedge issue they can't win. The public doesn't want creationism taught in science class. And Republican politicians are figuring that out. Now they have two bad options: abandon the wingnut base and go after the sensible middle or stay with the base and lose the middle. I'll take either one.

(Hat tip to Pluto on Daily Kos.)


Blogger QueenAnne said...

Before I even started a career in education, I wrote a paper on creationism vs. evolution. At that time, evolution clearly won.

Over the summer, I read a book by an MIT graduate, called THE GOD CODE. Interesting stuff for you to check out.

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