Huckabee and Evolution
We watched last night as Gov Huckabee won the GOP caucus in Iowa. Although I am not a Republican, I understand the Gov’s populist appeal after eight long years of a Bush administration punctuated by gross incompetence, lies, fraud, corruption, and assorted criminal activity. At the same time as the caucus, the National Academy of Science came out with strong support of Evolution as the corner-stone of modern biology, and gave a strong appeal that only Evolution should be taught in science classes. It is on the record that Gov Huckabee does not believe in Evolution and believes the Earth is some six-thousand years old.
Deep exhale. I will not defend Evolution in this piece. I will not give evidence that the Earth is about four billion years old—and anyone who doubts this can consult any legitimate set of science books. If you don’t believe in science, you can stop reading now. Also, I’m not impugning the Gov’s right to believe what he wants—he has that right. By all appearances, Gov Huckabee is a fine man. The problem is that we have (I think) a secular society that believes in an objective reality that is characterized by scientific logic and methodology. All of our modern technology is based on science. The end of the dark ages was the beginning of modern scientific methodology. Choosing to believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible in matters of physical reality demonstrates a personality flaw that we cannot afford in the Oval Office of the United States. We have staggering problems facing us as a people. Just as you would not go to a witch doctor if you had cancer, or an astrologer to tell you where to put your money, we must have someone in the Oval office that understands that there is an objective reality apart from emotional convictions. We have climate change, environment, energy, and many, many other problems that require an objective, clear understanding of the world. We must stop voting for people on the basis of personal bribes (taxes), or whether we’d like to have a beer with the person we’re voting for. I’ve enjoyed beers with many people who have absolutely no business in the White House. If we don’t start electing professional, clear thinking, honest people to high offices, we will have no one else to blame but ourselves for the world our kids inherit.