The monkey trial -- UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Friday, May 4, 2007

The monkey trial -- UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2007 at 7:46 AM


Where's George Fisher when you need him? Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo and Sam Brownback raised hands during the debate last night to signify that they don't believe in evolution. No modern-day antibiotics for these guys when they get sick.

UPDATE: In a call with reporters today, Huckabee waffled a tad on getting hung out there with the wackjobs, but mostly dug himself deeper.

This morning on a conference call, Huckabee elaborated further, stating that the "yes/no" nature of the question did not allow him a chance to really explain his views. He said that if he had the opportunity to explain his position last night that he would have indicated that he does believe that evolution should be taught in public schools, and that is the responsibility of the parents to teach their children the creation theory.

In fact, said Huckabee, creation, evolution and intelligent design are all theories, and they are all worth discussion. The question came from MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, and Huckabee offered his response to the question this morning, a response he did not have to time unload last night: if Matthews or anyone else wants to believe that his or her family "came from apes" that is fine for them, but it is not what he believes.

Does evolution even matter in the long run? Not to Huckabee, who found the question un-presidential. "I'm not sure what in the world that has to do with being president of the United States," said Huckabee.

UPDATE II: The three monkeys who see only evil in evolution are getting HUGE play on the blogs. Dozens and dozens of commentaries. Virtually none of it good. Thus Huckabee's spin, which falters pretty badly on his silly ape remark. Here's a Washington Post comment, a blog to which nearly 1,200 other blogs link. I don't think evolution will be a one-day story for those who stepped in it. All the front-runners had the good sense not to self-identify as reflexive know-nothings.

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