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August 12, 2011
The Dreaded Question
“Do you believe in evolution?” It’s the “speed trap” question of presidential campaigns, according to Jay Richards and David Klinghoffer, writing for the American Spectator.
During the last election cycle, the evolution question made big waves, and it’s shaping up to be an issue again in 2012. It’s a trap, and politician after politician ends up stepping right in: say yes to evolution and be labeled anti-religion; say anything less than full support of evolution and be labeled anti-science.
Well, Richards and Klinghoffer think politicians shouldn’t choose. Rather than condemn the teaching evolution or mention words like intelligent design or creationism, they think candidates should simply call for a more thorough teaching of evolution—one that includes the scientific arguments for it, as well as against it – and there are plenty of those.
I agree. If a theory is true, it doesn’t need protection. And if it’s false, it needs to be challenged—not used as political speed trap.
Answering the Dreaded 'Evolution' Question
Jay Richards & David Klinghoffer | American Spectator | June 24, 2011