Sometimes, it really is better not to read the newspaper. But I choose to torture myself after checking in on e-mail in Stockholm this morning. And what do I find in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette but another stomach-turning report by the Democrat-Gazette on gubernatorial candidate positions on issues of the day.
Today the outrage is from Mike Beebe. Again. The subject is intelligent design. Is there not a single issue on which he will not pander?
Some candidates for major offices this year say students in Arkansas schools should have access to information on “intelligent design,” a theory on the origins of mankind often offered as an alternative - if not a rebuttal - to the theory of evolution.
Those candidates include Mike Beebe, the Democratic nominee for governor who says information on the subject should be “available” to students.
“I believe in intelligent design and I don’t think intelligent design and evolution are mutually exclusive,” Beebe said. ..
Beebe’s statement said he believes “information” about intelligent design “should be available to Arkansas students.”
“This would provide Arkansas students background they need to wrestle with these and other fundamental questions as they become adults,” he said. “I believe both should be available because one is the consensus theory of the scientific community, and the other is the predominant belief of most Arkansans and Americans.”
He didn’t say whether the theory should be a required part of the state’s curriculum.
A spokesman for his campaign declined to say how Beebe wanted to make information on intelligent design available to students.
He also declined to say whether Beebe also believed in evolution.
So-called intelligent design is mutually exclusive from the teaching of evolution in a scientific and constitutional context. Do some reading, Mike. And grow a backbone, will ya? Even the Republicans in Kansas have gotten this one right.