The battle between supporters of creationism and evolution made its way onto the 2012 campaign trail Thursday as a young boy, prompted by his mother, asked Texas Gov. Rick Perry questions on the subject, leading Perry to suggest both are taught in Texas public schools.This idiot woman was trying to get Perry to say that the Earth is 6,000 years old and Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs for fun. Perry's not going to fall into that trap.
"How old do I think the Earth is?" Perry said repeating the boy's question. "I have no idea - it's pretty old. It goes back a long way - I'm not sure anyone knows really completely know how old it is."
But Perry continued, saying the boy's mother was really trying to get a response about creationism and evolution. While Texas public schools don't officially teach creationism, some claim Perry has pushed a weakened evolution curriculum to open the door for creationism in schools.
"I know your mom is asking about evolution," he said. "It's a theory that's out there and it's got some gaps in it. In Texas, we teach creationism and evolution because I feel you're smart enough to figure out which one is right."...
Though the New Hampshire boy's mother prodded him to further question Perry about "why he doesn't believe in science," many in the crowd moved on to criticize Perry's positions on entitlement reforms, chanting "hands off our benefits!"
She treated her son like a dummy, and growing up with her a dummy is probably what he'll be.
I'd like to offer some advice to all the presidential candidates. When someone asks a loaded question like that, the first thing you should ask yourself is if that question has anything to do with being president. In this case the response would have been simple: "Since the president has no power to decide whether the earth was created or evolved on its own, I'll leave that up to someone else to figure out. I'm going to concentrate on the things the president CAN decide."
I don't know for sure, but I would guess that Rick Perry's thoughts on creation and evolution are much like my own. I detailed all that back in a 2007 post which you can read here.