Friday, April 13, 2007

KY Governor Democratic Candidates on Creationism and Abortion

Although I like Jonathan Miller's positions on most everything else. I prefered Beshear's answer here on Creationism/Religion in schools. Lunsford is my absolutely last choice even after the wacky Gatewood. Lundsford's got to be spending an obscene amount of money for name recognition out there. If you watch Kentucky tv you've seen his commercials. Of course those commercials don't tell you that he(Lundsford)supported our horrible Republican governor Ernie Fletcher last time.

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Candidates for governor debate abortion and creationism
--John Stamper

ALEXANDRIA --The Democratic candidates for governor are split on the issues of regulating abortion and teaching creationism in high school science classes.

Although none of the six candidates taking part in a debate last night said he favored teaching creationism, the belief that the world was formed by one divine creator, some said they thought such decisions should be left to local school districts.

Their comments came in a wide-ranging debate at Campbell County High School that was televised on local cable stations in three Northern Kentucky counties.

Former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry was the only Democratic candidate absent. He had promised to take part, but canceled because of a conflict with filming a campaign commercial.

Asked whether public schools should be required to teach creationism, Louisville businessman Bruce Lunsford said he would leave the decision to local schools.

"I'm very concerned that we keep making our schools places to set social standards," he said.

House Speaker Jody Richards took a similar stance, saying the legislature should not mandate local curricula.

Three others said flatly that creationism should not be taught in science classes.
"Let's let the families teach religion," said Beshear, noting that he is the son of a Baptist minister.

State Treasurer Jonathan Miller said he believes the world was created by God, but said teaching such beliefs would be appropriate only in a class that compares the world's religions.

Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith, who described himself as a "spiritual kind of guy," said it's OK to talk about creationism in class, but that it shouldn't be considered a scientific fact.

"I don't see any scientific evidence out there that supports creationism," Galbraith said.
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