The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy in America

The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy

The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy

Richard Hollerman

Probably many Evangelical Protestants wish for a president who would fully support the Biblical account of creation. They pine for the days when evolution was a minority position, held only by liberal Protestants along with atheists and agnostics. When the presidential election comes each four years, they would like to learn that the candidates believe that God did create just as the Bible says He did.

The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy

The various polls do reveal facts about the candidates so that we need not be entirely in the dark about their beliefs and positions. For example, as you probably remember, there were over a dozen Republican candidates and probably more of them were open to Biblical creation than others.

One of the most outspoken “creationists” (of a sort) was Ben Carson, the Seventh-Day Adventist former surgeon who was running for the presidency. This is a sect that generally holds to some form of creationism, far different from most denominations. One report says:

“Evolution and creationism both require faith. It’s just a matter of where you choose to place that faith,” he [Carson] declared in 2012, proceeding to imply that evolutionists lacked an ethical framework. (salon.com/ 2015/02/11/evolution _and_the_gops_2016 _candidates_a_complet_guide/)

The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy

However, even Carson backed off from a definite stand on this matter. One report states: “Carson did take slight issue with White [Ellen G. White was the founder of the denomination] and those creationists who claim the Earth came into existence just several thousand years ago. He noted, ‘I am not a hard-and-fast person who says the Earth is only 6,000 years old.’ Yet Carson quickly added, ‘I do believe in the six-day creation.’ And he meant literally six days, not metaphorical days—that is, not days that might have lasted millions of years.” (motherjones.com/ politics/2015/09/ben -carson-creationism-six-days).

Apparently, Carson believes that the 6-day Biblical creation account is correct, but the time of creation (before the six literal days) may be much older. Here is the fuller account from the source above:

It says in the beginning God created the heaven and Earth. It doesn’t say when he created them, except for in the beginning. So the Earth could have been here for a long time before he started creating things on it. But when he did start doing that, he made it very specifically clear to us the evening and the morning were the next day because he knew that people would come along and try to say that, “Oh, it was millions and millions of years.” And then what else did he say in the very first chapter? That each thing brought forth after its own kind. Because he knew that people would come along and say, you know, this changed into that and this changed into that and this changed into that. So at the very beginning of the Bible, he puts that to rest. (Ibid)

Sadly, it would seem that Carson is compromising the Genesis account of creation for there we find no way to add time before the beginning of the “week” of creation.

Mike Huckabee was another presidential contender. The sources say that he accepts creation and rejections evolution:

The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy

Mike Huckabee: During a 2007 GOP presidential debate, the Southern Baptist preacher and former Arkansas governor indicated that he doesn’t accept evolution. “But you know, if anybody wants to believe they are the descendants of a primate, they are certainly welcome to do it,” he said. (salon)

Thus, Mike seems to have a personal conviction on creation but is fine if others accept evolution. This is strange for one who would think that evolution is a lie. Yet it is “politically correct” if one is running for the presidency when over half of the population (something over 60 percent) does compromise the Genesis account. Yet we can applaud Huckabee’s willingness to publicly state his convictions!

For a short while, Mike Perry, former governor of Texas, wanted to become the next president and it has been stated that he believes in creation:

Rick Perry: Calling evolution just a “theory that’s out there,” Perry proclaimed in 2011 that “God is how we got here.” Creationism and evolution should both be presented in public schools, he added. (Ibid)

Another report (see further below) says that Perry believes in “intelligent design” rather than Biblical creation. We know that the ID position can freely accept the false 14.5 billion year history of the universe, after an impossible and imaginary “Big Bang.”

While we can approve of Perry’s public stand for creation, we surely can’t endorse anyone being taught evolution, even in the public schools. This does show that the state-sponsored schools that cater to all sorts of people would have great difficulty teaching pure creation. It was much easier two hundred years ago when the public believed this, but today, since so many millions reject the Bible and creation, and so many have turned away from any “Christian” understanding of history, it just couldn’t be done. (Can you imagine the difficulty of thousands of evolutionary science teachers being required to teach creation!)

The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy

For a while Rick Santorum was in the presidential race, but lost out toward the beginning. This is a statement about this politician:

Rick Santorum: Denouncing the idea that evolution is “above reproach,” Santorum said in 2008, “I obviously don’t feel that way. I think there are a lot of problems with the theory of evolution, and do believe that it is used to promote to a worldview that is anti-theist, that is atheist.” (Ibid)

The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy

We must also think of Ted Cruz who, for a while, looked like he might become the next president. Apparently to avoid controversy, Cruz never publicly either affirmed or denied the idea of evolution.  It is reported that his father openly said that evolution is a lie, and Cruz announced his candidacy at Liberty University in Virginia, an openly creationist and “young earth” institution. (scienceandcreation. blogspot.com/ 2015/12/ted-cruz-on-npr.html). But apparently Cruz didn’t want to “rock the boat” in regard to the creation-evolution issue!

Another liberal news story sums up what the writer discovered about the Republican presidential runners:

Of the 11 candidates lagging behind Donald Trump in the polls, four are fairly clear evolution-deniers: Mike Huckabee is one of the original 2007 hand-raisers, Ben Carson is a creationist who believes life on Earth began 6,000 years ago, Rick Perry describes himself as “a firm believer in intelligent design”, and Rick Santorum has said: “I think there are legitimate problems and holes in the theory of evolution.”

Six more candidates have simply refused to address the question. When he was asked about evolution on a trip to London in February Wisconsin’s governor, Scott Walker, said, “I’m going to punt on that one.” The New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, told a reporter his views on evolution and creationism were “none of your business”. Ted Cruz won’t be drawn. Rand Paul opted to “pass” on a question about the age of the Earth. Answering the same question, Marco Rubio said: “I’m not a scientist, man.” Bobby Jindal declared himself unqualified because he wasn’t an evolutionary biologist (he’s just a regular biologist).

Even Jeb Bush is a long way from a simple yes. He’s said he thinks evolution should be taught in schools, but back in 2005 he said it shouldn’t, and he likes to maintain that his personal view is somehow beside the point. (theguardian.com/ commentisfree/2015/ jul/15/earth-donald- trump-evolution-republican).

The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy

What about the present Republicans, President Trump and Vice-President Pence? Pence answered a question about evolution in this way:

“Charles Darwin never thought of evolution as anything other than a theory. He hoped that someday it would be proven by the fossil record but did not live to see that, nor have we… And now that we have recognized evolution as a theory, I would simply and humbly ask, can we teach it as such and can we also consider teaching other theories of the origin of species?” (inquisitr.com/3706347/ trump-vp-mike-pence- dismisses-evolution- believes-darwin- only-had-a-theory/)

This would show that Pence rejects Darwinian evolution. This is what he said to Congress: “Do I believe in evolution? I embrace the view that God created the heavens and the Earth, the seas and all that’s in them.” (Ibid.) From other reading I’ve done, we would suggest that he is a “long ages” creationist rather than a Biblical creationist who would believe in creation at about 6,000 years with a  6-day creation (Genesis 1).

We might also find the following quotation interesting, something taken from a liberal news organization:

Forbes says as part of his agenda, Mike Pence wants the biblical story of creation taught in biology class alongside evolution. But the Pew Research Center says that Mike Pence is in good company, as many people in the United States agree with him.

“While 62% of adults say humans have evolved over time, 33% say this change is solely due to natural processes, with 25% saying evolution is guided by a supreme being. This response is strongly influenced by religious affiliation, with 91% of atheists accepting evolution through natural processes compared with 21% of Christians.” (Ibid.)

We don’t know how Vice-President Pence could possibly require the teaching of creation in the public classrooms, especially since probably most science teachers would be evolutionists themselves!

Although we diligently sought to discover what Donald Trump believes about creation and evolution, we could find nothing. We might remember that Trump has had connections with the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church, denominations that are dominated by liberal thinking. Part of that liberal thinking would almost certainly include the rejection of the Genesis account of creation and the acceptance of evolution.

The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy

We might briefly comment on Hillary Clinton who ran for the Democratic presidency this past year. Clinton is a member of the United Methodist Church (whether or not she attends worship) and this mainline denomination is known for its very liberal societal and theological views. This may give us the idea that she believes in evolution. In 2007, she said, “I believe in evolution, and I am shocked at some of the things that people in public life have been saying,” This should not be surprising inasmuch as Democrats are much more likely to believe in the lie of evolution than Republicans (although we could wish that both parties were clearly Biblical in this regard).

It might be good to mention the other frontrunning Democrat, Bernie Sanders. Some would say that he is an atheist. At the least, he is not a “religious” Jew at all, and he speaks like an atheist. This was his comment on TV:

Well, you know, I am who I am. And what I believe in and what my spirituality is about is that we’re all in this together. That I think it is not a good thing to believe that, as human beings, we can turn our backs on the suffering of other people

The Presidency and the Creation-Evolution Controversy

Besides being called an atheist, we read this about Sanders:

The conservative Faith & Freedom Coalition gives Sanders a rating of 0 percent for 2013 and a lifetime score of 3 percent. Some of the measures on the scorecard include right to life issues, religious freedom for chaplains, and repeal of Obamacare. The Faith & Freedom Coalition is a nonprofit organization “committed to educating, equipping, and mobilizing people of faith and like-minded individuals to be effective citizens.”

Read more at christianpost.com/news/6-interesting-facts-about-bernie-sanders-and-religion-140197/#ojCpv5sOj3Br6kMZ.99

We need not pursue this matter further since we can see the direction our examination is taking. Very few Republicans and no Democratic candidates (that we are aware of) publicly and clearly affirmed the Biblical account of creation. We must remember that the civil government unjustly forbids the teaching of the truth of creation in the public school classrooms of the country and, conversely, requires the teaching of godless evolution. Sadly, most political candidates promoted some form of evolution and failed to acknowledge the simple truth of creation as the Scriptures reveal.

We encourage all of our readers to hold tenaciously to the Scriptures on all matters. This especially pertains to such major themes as the origin of the earth and the universe, along with the person, nature, and saving work of Jesus Christ. There should be no doubt about these plain truths that our Bibles reveal!

 

 

 

 

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