Tuesday, May 08, 2007

ROMNEY DUCKS, WEAVES (AGAIN)

Mitt Romney is, oddly, a lot like Bill Clinton -- handsome, charming, undeniably charismatic. And too glib for his own good.

Like Clinton, Romney has a knack for flip-flopping, especially if it can get him votes. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney was all about choice and inclusion. Now that he's running for president, his positions on abortion and gay rights have "modified," to use a polite word.

Last week, the 10 GOP candidates for president were asked about evolution. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas all signaled that they don't believe in evolution.

Romney gave no such sign.

Religious conservatives pounced. David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network seems intent on making Romney squirm. He asked Romney's camp about the candidate and evolution and got this response:
"Governor Romney believes both science and faith can help inform us about the origins of life in this world."
Not good enough for religious conservatives. Brody delivers the warning shot:
With all due respect, what does that mean exactly? It leaves me with more questions. I have asked for further clarification which I assume will be forthcoming here at the Brody File. I have now asked the Romney campaign specifically if he believes in Darwin's theory of Evolution or does he take the Creationist view? The answer above suggests that he may believe in both. I'm not saying he does. I'm just saying I'm a tad bit confused by the answer.

Here's the key point. The majority of Born Again Evangelicals take the Creationist viewpoint. Some Evangelicals already have concerns about Romney's Mormon faith. He needs support from Evangelicals to win. That's why this issue is an important one that needs to be cleared up. I don't think this is an issue that Romney can avoid. I believe his views need to be clear.
Question: Is it true that most evangelicals are creationists?

3 comments:

Sniderman said...

Holy crap, it's a small world. David Brody hired me in Colorado Springs yeeeeeears ago.

oddjob60 said...

What annoys me is that from CBN's point of view, or at least Brody's, a candidate can't be considered a proper Christian if he believes evolution happened. This highly polarized (and polarizing) view is relatively new. Most people understand that there is overwhelming evidence for evolution, and that it does a masterful job of helping to explain how life was created in all its miraculous diversity. Whether by appreciating that the process of evolution could be a divine manifestration, or interpreting the Bible as allegorical/metaphorical, or some other way, several generations have found ways for religion and evolution to peacefully coexist.

Jack said...

I feel pretty confident in stating that the majority of Evangelical Christians DO NOT believe in evolution.

Some Christians have been able to rectify the existence of evolution with the Biblical account of creationism. But Christian and Evangelical Christian are two different things entirely.