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Santorum surprise

I never cease to be amazed. Right on the heels of yesterday's post anathematizing Rick Santorum comes this little tidbit, in which he breaks rank with Bush over "Intelligent Design."

Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, a possible 2008 presidential contender who faces a tough re-election fight next year in Pennsylvania, said intelligent design, which is backed by many religious conservatives, lacked scientific credibility and should not be taught in science classes.

Read the whole article. The guy actually makes a reasoned, intelligent case for what should be taught in public schools regarding evolution.

I'm surprised, but pleasantly so. Frist would have been less surprising, since he's had scientific training, but, well, there you go. Anyway, I don't really feel like rescinding my anti-Santorum post, but I do welcome any sign at all that the Republican Party isn't completely controlled by Ralph Reed.

Thanks, Senator, for a reasonable statement. I owe you that much, at least. If I'm going to slam you for your attacks on libertarianism, it's only fair to give you props when you do something like this.


To be fair, Rick Santorum doesn't believe that anything should be taught in public schools, and that letting your children get their education outside of the home, as they might meet a New England liberal and immediately be converted into a homosexual.

Ralph Reed is, of course, the Antichrist.

As a molecular biologist (and what I like to consider a RATIONAL liberal - you can debate whether there is such a thing ;) ) I think this is a subject that shouldn't be politicized, and rather believe that sane people on both sides of the political spectrum should reach out to each other to maintain science as science. Believers in evolution are in the minority these days, unfortunately.

It would be nice if we could all agree on a school voucher system so that parents could send their children to whatever school they chose. That way we wouldn't be forced to fight over this and a myriad of other issues regarding how our children should be educated.

It seems to me that this is an issue where Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians should be able to find common ground. You know, live and let live. I find it strange, and quite honestly a bit infuriating that democrats/liberals don't support school choice.

Agreed, Warden. It sure is odd that here in America we cherish our right to live, work and worship wherever we damn well please, but on something as important as education, we're content to let the government dictate where we go.

Before we forget, there was a blurb in "Discover" magazine talking about how a lot of scientists are actually subscribing to intelligent design, and that a lot of these scientists actually find pure atheistic approaches to how we got here to be scientifically unsound.

That Guy, I don't mean to knock Intelligent Design. I think the idea is worth exploring, and I know that there are secular scientists who subscribe to it, and that it's not necessarily a stalking horse for creationism. I wouldn't even object to its being mentioned in science textbooks, but I think Bush's motivations for proposing "equal time" are clear here.

Sorry, That Guy, but while "scientists" as a group constitute a fairly broad spectrum of humanity, no significant number of them believe that the universe shows signs of being anything but the product of random chance.

Anybody is free to attend church, believe in invisible superbeings, etc. Some scientists partake of that freedom, too. But as devout as they may be, they cannot change natural history or introduce evidence that simply doesn't exist.

And congrats to Santorum in this case. Usually, he is an example of what happens when you take an ignorant New Jersey slimeball, dress it in a 3-piece suit and stuff money in its pocket. In this case, he actually had the guts to contradict Brilliant Leader. I am amazed.

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