Evolution, Creationism, and ‘Moderation’, GOP-Alabama Style

You might have heard by now about the True Republican PAC television ad for the Republican gubernatorial primary in Alabama that attacks one Republican candidate, Bradley Byrne, for supporting evolution (TEH DARWINISMZ! AIIEEE!!!). As far as I can tell Byrne is a ‘moderate’ in that he thinks both evolution and creationism should be taught (‘teaching the controversy’), whereas the True Republican PAC is full-on batshit loony. I wrote “as far as I can tell” because, after reading Byrne’s statement, he’s, well, kinda out of his fucking mind too:

I believe the Bible is the Word of God and that every single word of it is true. From the earliest parts of this campaign, a paraphrased and incomplete parsing of my words have been knowingly used to insinuate that I believe something different than that. My faith is at the center of my life and my belief in Jesus Christ as my personal savior and Lord guides my every action.

This is just your standard “I love God” pablum (as sanctimonious as it is). But it seems pretty clear to me that any previous bona fides he might have had in supporting evolution are pretty much moot at this point:

As a Christian and as a public servant, I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God. As a member of the Alabama Board of Education, the record clearly shows that I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our school text books. Those who attack me have distorted, twisted and misrepresented my comments and are spewing utter lies to the people of this state.

Frighteningly, this idiot will stand a good chance of being governor. Idiots like Byrne are why Democrats have to choose between someone who is truly hideous and a de facto Republican: the crazies give cover to the conservatives.

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2 Responses to Evolution, Creationism, and ‘Moderation’, GOP-Alabama Style

  1. DaleP says:

    Note that the Alabama Education Association is the group funding the True Republican PAC. Teachers (!) are using the attack (!) “you don’t believe in literal bible, and you do believe in evolution”. From a link found at Talking Points Memo:
    Byrne, a former state senator and former head of the state’s two-year college system, has battled with the education association over a variety of issues, including Byrne’s attempt to stop employees of the junior college system from also serving in the state Legislature.
    http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/al-gov-candidate-responds-to-ad-i-do-too-believe-in-creationism-video.php?ref=fpblg
    http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20100420/NEWS02/4200327/AEA-may-be-helping-PAC-fund-ads-attacking-Byrne

  2. Andrew Wade says:

    I hang with a lot of United Church of Canada people, and his statement would not be pablum to that crowd. The biblical “literalism” is the mark of a “fundy”, and that’s not a good thing.

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