Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal recently defended teaching creationism in schools:
Jindal also said he has no problem with creationism being taught in public schools as long as a local school board OK’s it. Since the state is committed to national academic standards, he said, as long as schools are teaching evolution they should be allowed to teach other theories as well. “What are we scared of?” he said. “Let (students) debate and learn … give them critical thinking skills.”
I’ve been through this before, but there is no conceivable way a graduate of Brown University’s Biology program in 1991 could possibly possibly think (such as it is) that creationism is in anyway a valid scientific theory. I was in that program that year, and it would have been impossible to escape the centrality of evolution to biology. So either Jindal is being willfully ignorant or horribly cynical.
And this is guy who has been touted as the possible future of the Republican Party….