In last night’s Republican leader’s debate, Mike Huckabee was asked to explain his views on evolution v creation. Of course, this issued from the one-off hand-raise in the first debate when he and two other candidates raised their hands to the question “who here does not believe in evolution?”
To his credit he answered honestly and without pause, but he showed a bit of frustration with the question, knowing that his answer was unlikely to do him any favours:
“It’s interesting that that question would even be asked of somebody running for president,” Huckabee said. “I’m not planning on writing the curriculum for an eighth-grade science book. I’m asking for the opportunity to be president of the United States.”
Yes, it is indeed interesting. However, in a culture in which leaders run on their faith as much or more than any other thing, what is so unfair? And he’s right, no one should expect the president to have to write a science textbook, but for fuck’s sake, he/she should at least understand the contents of a grade 8 science textbook well enough to not make idiot statements like:
“If anybody wants to believe that they are the descendants of a primate, they are certainly welcome to do it.”
and responding “I don’t know” when asked if he thought the age of the earth was 6,000 years.