Yesterday’s Ames Tribune, the paper that originally carried Republican lieutenant governor candidate Bob Vander Plaats’ comments supporting the teaching of intelligent design in schools contained an article noting Republican governor candidate Jim Nussle’s dismissal of Vander Plaats’ position:
Republican candidate for governor Jim Nussle and his running mate, Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats, disagree on whether intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution in Iowa’s science classrooms.
On Wednesday Nussle broke with his running mate.
“While I believe and I have taught my children that we are all God’s creations, I do not believe intelligent design should be taught in our public schools,” Nussle said in a statement issued by his campaign.
Intelligent design advocates argue that an intelligent designer played a central role in the origin and development of life on earth. Its critics contend the theory is a thinly veiled effort to teach Christian creationism in the public schools.
Democratic candidate for governor Chet Culver also opposes teaching intelligent design.
“I think that we need to base what we teach kids in school on science,” said Culver, a former teacher. “I don’t think we need to be teaching intelligent design in the public schools. I think we have to have a separation between church and state.”
Interesting that it only took a few days for Nussle to come out against the teaching of Intelligent Design here in Iowa. Looks like his advisers are paying attention to the turning of the tide, even in conservative circles, against intelligent design. Kudos to them for giving credt to Iowa’s citizens–education is highly valued here, and just because we were a “red state” in the last presidential election doesn’t mean that the population swallows all the anti-science nonsense supported by Bush and others in the Republican party.