Recently, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) took a politically motivated trip to visit our dear allies in the UK. While in London he fielded questions from a group of gathered reporters and was forced into a bit of a pickle by a question that really shouldn’t have been so tough.
The question was … “Do you believe in evolution?”
Walker chose one of the worst ways possible to answer and went the purely political route by saying:
“I’m going to punt on that one as well. That’s a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or the other.”
Honestly, though, Republican candidates shouldn’t be scared of this question. If they truly question the veracity of evolution, they are in fine company. The vast majority of Americans don’t buy the theory of evolution as it exists either. The fine folks at Gallup have been polling on this for a couple of years now, and the data tells us that some 73% of Americans think that God played some role in the development of our planet.
They ask this question:
Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings: 1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process; 2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process; or 3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.
In the most recent poll, done in May 2014, a plurality, 42 percent, said God created humans in their present form, while 31 percent said humans evolved with God’s guidance. Just 19 percent said humans evolved with God playing no part in the process, and 8 percent had no opinion.
Looked at another way, 73 percent said they believe God has guided the creation of human beings. That’s a pretty solid majority which undoubtedly includes a number of Democrats in addition to Republicans and independents. No matter their specific belief — young Earth creationists, intelligent designers, evolutionary creationists, whatever — the key element is God.
Did you get that?
GOP candidates who doubt evolution should be trumpeting their beliefs from the rooftops of American cities, not dithering like a Democrat.
It took a few hours, but Walker and his people finally made the statement that he probably should have made to begin with when he said that, “Both science and my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God. I believe faith and science are compatible, and go hand in hand.”
The question is dumb because no one ever asks it of Democrats and it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Again 73% of Americans believe God has played a role in our development… so it shouldn’t be that controversial of a position to hold. Fortunately, we have some pretty astute conservative journalists out there who have some suggestions for questions the media should ask of Democrat contenders…
Just some of the things liberals have argued for that Democratic politicians should get asked pic.twitter.com/VgfYRMnBvE
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) February 11, 2015
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