Dispatches from the Creation Wars

At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Rick Perry was asked about creationism and he stepped in it yet again. I don’t know why this woman used her son to ask these questions rather than asking them herself, but here’s what happened:

Among the protestors at this morning’s meet and greet in Portsmouth, N.H., a mother used her child as a prop to confront Rick Perry about his beliefs on evolution and science.

The mother pushed her son towards Perry and insisted he ask the governor about the age of the earth.

And Perry’s answers:

“How old do I think the earth is? You know what, I don’t have any idea,” Perry said. “I know it’s pretty old so it goes back a long long way. I’m not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how long, how old the earth is.”

Wrong. In fact, we know to a high degree of certainty how old the earth is, approximately 4.55 billion years.

“Here your mom was asking about evolution, and you know it’s a theory that’s out there, and it’s got some gas in it. In Texas we teach both creationsim and evolution in our public schools,” Perry said. “Because I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.”

Really? You do? Because that’s unconstitutional and the courts ruled that way a long time ago. I know the state board of education has gone to great lengths to try to get creationism in through a backdoor, but they’ve only been partially successful. But thanks, governor, for admitting that this is happening. That will be useful in a federal lawsuit someday.