Creationist Governor Featured Speaker at RNC Meeting
Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-Minnesota) is being touted as a frontrunner for the 2012 presidential election, and today it was announced that he’ll be a featured speaker at the Republican National Committee meeting in San Diego.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty will address members of the Republican National Committee July 30 in San Diego. It’s a chance to introduce himself to party leaders, Politico reports, quoting an unnamed adviser’s view that “a lot of Republicans don’t know who he is.”
Pawlenty is expected to offer ideas for expanding the party’s base and tell his life story, from growing up in South St. Paul with a truck-driving dad, to maintaining his own hard-driving no-tax stance as governor at a State Capitol now dominated by Democrats.
Like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and almost every other so-called GOP “frontrunner,” Pawlenty is a creationist, who’s in favor of teaching “intelligent design” creationism to children as science. When the news came out that Sarah Palin had stated she wanted to teach “intelligent design” last year, Pawlenty rushed to agree with her:
MR. BROKAW: Okay. In the governor’s race, she refused to be specific about her views on Creationism versus evolution. But, as I understand it, she did say that she thought that the two subjects should be taught side-by-side in public schools. Do you think that’s a good idea?
GOV. PAWLENTY: I saw her comments on it yesterday, and I thought they were appropriate, which is, you know, let’s — if there are competing theories, and they are credible, her view of it was, according to the comments in the newspaper, allow them all to be presented or allow them both to be presented so students could be exposed to both or more and have a chance to be exposed to the various theories and make up their own minds.
Then, of course, Palin reversed her position and said she did not believe in teaching creationism. Big oopsie for Pawlenty!
In that interview with Tom Brokaw, Pawlenty went on to spout talking points from the Discovery Institute, and attempted to dodge the issue of whether creationism should be part of school curricula. But he made it very clear that he’s a creationist himself:
MR. BROKAW: In the vast scientific community, do you think that Creationism has the same weight as evolution, and at a time in American education when we are in a crisis when it comes to science, that there ought to be parallel tracks for Creationism versus evolution in the teaching?
GOV. PAWLENTY: In the scientific community, it seems like intelligent design is dismissed — not entirely, there are a lot of scientists who would make the case that it is appropriate to be taught and appropriate to be demonstrated, but in terms of the curriculum in the schools in Minnesota, we’ve taken the approach that that’s a local decision. I know Senator Palin — or Governor Palin — has said intelligent design is something that she thinks should be taught along with evolution in the schools, and I think that’s appropriate. My personal view is that’s a local decision —
MR. BROKAW: Given equal weight.
GOV. PAWLENTY: — of the local school board.
MR. BROKAW: And you would recommend it be given equal weight?
GOV. PAWLENTY: We’ve said in Minnesota, in my view, this is a local decision. Intelligent design is something that, in my view, is plausible and credible and something that I personally believe in but, more importantly, from an educational and scientific standpoint, it should be decided by local school boards at the local school district level.
In other words, if local school boards want to teach nonsensical pseudo-science to schoolchildren, Pawlenty’s just fine with that. After all, he believes the pseudo-science himself.
(Notice that Pawlenty doesn’t distinguish between “intelligent design” and creationism. The true believers know that ID is a facade for good old-fashioned creationism, despite the Discovery Institute’s massive propaganda campaign to mislead people into believing it isn’t.)
This is a huge problem for the GOP, and it’s one reason why Democrats control both houses of Congress. If the GOP puts up a creationist for president, expect to see Democrats in power for the next 8 years (at least).