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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

S&R Issues Get Air Time on "Hardball"

Check out Hardball host Chris Matthews asking Republican Rep. Mike Pence from Indiana some very interesting—and pointed—questions about his party's views on some of the big science and religion issues.
Pence, for his part, won't say whether he believes in evolution, but does say that he thinks "in our schools we should teach all of the facts about all of these controversial areas and let our students, let our children and our children's children decide based upon the facts."
Keep in mind that evolution (like climate change) is not a point of "controversy" or debate in the scientific community—and regular readers of this blog will recognize Pence's response as a variation of the "teach the controversy" and "academic freedom" arguments that are so often used by "intelligent design" supporters hoping to get religious ideas like creationism and ID taught in public school science classrooms.
Still, Pence fought Matthews on his characterization of the Republican party as anti-science, calling it a "caricature" that's "a little bit weak." —Heather Wax