A reader sent me this link to an article in the New Republic (he thought he’d be the millionth person to send it to me, but in fact it’s the first I’d seen it, so thanks!) about how many prominent conservatives feel about evolution. The good news is that many of them were strongly supportive of evolution and saw through the ID marketing campaign quite well. I particularly liked Charles Krauthammer’s answers:
Whether he personally believes in evolution: “Of course.”
What he thinks of intelligent design: “At most, interesting.”
Whether intelligent design should be taught in public schools: “The idea that [intelligent design] should be taught as a competing theory to evolution is ridiculous. … The entire structure of modern biology, and every branch of it [is] built around evolution and to teach anything but evolution would be a tremendous disservice to scientific education. If you wanna have one lecture at the end of your year on evolutionary biology, on intelligent design as a way to understand evolution, that’s fine. But the idea that there are these two competing scientific schools is ridiculous.”
James Taranto, Richard Brookhiser, Jonah Goldberg and others expressed similar opinions. But by far the dumbest statement of all came, not surprisingly, from Pat Buchanan:
Do I believe in absolute evolution? No. I don’t believe that evolution can explain the creation of matter.
I like that – absolute evolution…whatever that means. I’ve got news for you, Pat. Evolution doesn’t explain the creation of matter because it doesn’t attempt to. Evolution deals with biodiversity on earth, not the origin of everything.