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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Shoulder-jerk conservatives

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2007 at 5:57 AM

Brummett rubs a little more salt into the wound Mike Huckabee inflicted on himself by joining a couple of other fringe Republican presidential candidates in voting against evolution the other day. Good observation:

The remarkable thing is that even in a Republican primary where Christian conservatism holds great sway, none of the seven white guys not raising his hand has sustained discernible negative repercussion for acknowledging belief in evolution. In fact, John McCain, who got the question directly, has been generally applauded for the dexterity of his answer: "Yes" he believed in evolution, but he saw the hand of God in a sunset.

Polls aside, that's where Americans are, generally speaking. (I'm not sure people are comfortable talking about this to pollsters.) We've seen enough biological and anthropological evidence to suggest an evolutionary process. We figure there must be something to it, at least enough to warrant presentation in school.

But it doesn't explain where the first piece of life came from or give any hint to the meaning of existence. So Americans tend to cling to a comforting notion of a divine creator, or at least a divine spiritual power.

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