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Meet Paul LePage, Creationist for Governor of Maine

Jim Pinkoski's Creationist View of the Dinosaurs Book: Excerpt With Angels, Dinosaurs and the ArkTwo weeks ago, the moderator of a Republican gubernatorial debate asked candidate Paul LePage a simple and straightforward question: “Do you believe in creationism, and do you think it should be taught in Maine public schools?” Paul LePage‚Äôs complete answer:

I would say intelligence, uh, the more education you have the more knowledge you have the better person you are and I believe yes and yes.

Yesterday, Paul LePage won the Republican Party primary and will run as the GOP standard bearer in the race for Governor of Maine.

Paul LePage really answered “yes” to two questions, not just one. The first question asked, “Do you believe in creationism?” Paul LePage answered “yes.” Such an answer may seem odd to those who are aware of the strong empirical evidence for evolution, but as an individual citizen Paul LePage certainly has the right to believe whatever religious ideas he wants to believe.

What Paul LePage doesn’t have the right to do is to put his religious ideas into the curriculum of Maine’s public schools. And that’s why LePage’s second “yes” is much more important than the first. In a public debate, Paul LePage declared that creationism should be taught in public schools. As Governor of Maine, he’d be in a position to promote that notion. If you believe that creationism is for Sunday school and science is for public school, you might want to think twice before voting to put Paul LePage in the Governor’s seat.

22 comments to Meet Paul LePage, Creationist for Governor of Maine

  • Richard

    holy shit!!! This guy wants to teach we were created!!!!!

  • RICHARD??

    he doesnt want to teach kids how we were created, he wants to teach kids his spiritual fairy tale that is has been completely thrown out by the scientific community as a joke.

    • bb

      I can’t beleive how many people can even think that evolution is a fact or even proven. Talk about the uneducated. Go to school and learn the REAL truth that EVOLUTION, it’s something a guy mad up and he wasn’t even a scientist, he only had a bachelor degree in psyc. Man, Darwin really saved alot of people from having to read and go to school and just accept someone’s made up, “well I think it happened like this

      • Keno

        I know you New Englanders probably don’t read Ann Coulter, but she had a perceptive article last week about the theory of evolution. Read it and see if you think there’s validity in her contention that modern science has disproven the theory. It may be right, but don’t ask me where we came from. She says it even meets Darwin’s scenario for disproving his theory. By the way, what existed before the Big Bang. I don’t even think Stephen Hawken has opined on that. Remember there are many things even scientusts finds incomprehensible

  • A noun and mouse

    Of course they teach we were created That’s sex education.

    Oh, wait…

  • Sean

    The notion of teaching Creationism in the Science classroom is an affront to scientific inquiry. That is because in doing so, the two viewpoints are placed on equal ground, when consensus has reigned for 150 years in Evolution’s favor. All reputable Biologists know that Evolution is a fact. This point was agreed upon long ago due to the myriad examples of Natural Selection. It is a simple and elegant theory and can be supported by evidence. That last bit is what makes it a champion-theory for the classroom. Creationism has no scientific backing whatsoever and rightly is a contender so far out of its league in the science classroom that is is laughable. Anybody who can cite a scientifically falsifiable principle of Creationism that is not more simply described by evolution will have utterly surprised me.

    The idea of teaching Creationism in Maine schools is a disgrace. LePage has made an error in revealing his stance on the matter. He is either ignorant or he is pandering to a perceived “base,” which makes him either dumb or dishonest.

    • Jim

      I’m sad to say I’m not sure whether it’s a political error or not. We’ll have to wait and see until the election on that.

    • Keno

      Science is not based on consensus. See my comment above and read the article I reference. If you’d asked for a concensus in Galileo’s day about the earth being the center of the universe, the consensus would have been that it is. When science settles on a position, a lot of times, scientists will defend it until the truth is way too obvious to ignore. I read once that the “Greenhouse Effect” is not proven science, apparently because the conditions in the atmosphere haven’t really been bad enough to test it. I don’t know, but I don’t believe the CO2 mankind emits into the air causes what may well be global warming. Mars is warming too, and I don’t think there is anyone driving cars up (or down) there.

  • Paul

    As a scientist I agree that creationism is a faith based, not a science based concept and should be taught as such. As a life long resident and businessman in Maine I say “Is this really the criteria on which you want to select our next Governor. We are among the highest taxed in the country. We are business non-friendly to the point that any sane person without strong ties to this state would rationally located his business elsewhere. We have welfare laws that encourage other states to hand their indigant a bus ticket and point them towards Maine. In short, we have real and serious issues to maintaining our quality of life and keeping our children thriving in this state. We can let Gov Lepage know how we feel about the creationism issue when the time comes. First lets get someone with his management experience and common sense into the Blaine house.”

    • Jim

      The kind of common sense that calls for offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Maine, then?

      Sorry, Paul, but I’ve got to disagree with you about Paul LePage’s “common sense.” I live in Maine too, and as anyone in Maine knows, two of the biggest economic engines in the state are the fisheries and vacationers. Common sense says you don’t put that in jeopardy. But Paul LePage’s one word answer to the debate question “Would you support offshore drilling in the waters off the Maine Coast?” was “Yes.”

      That’s not environmental common sense for Maine, and it’s not economic common sense for Maine either.

    • Horatio

      Paul, in economic as well as scientific matters, a Governor needs to be rational. Paul LePage clearly can’t carry a rational thought.

  • LR Teacher

    The Dumbocrats mess up with that smear ad. He has my vote. He wants a fair and balanced way. We have a GOD that gives us FREE WILL to believe the way we want to believe. “ONE NATION UNDER GOD”. Any good teacher knows how to get around the textbook timelines. If I am ask what I believe I tell them. Timelines in textbooks are moronic.

  • Ann Arsegalias

    For the life of me I don’t know why people choose to focus on things that should be secondary. Let’s focus on one’s character, and what one will be bringing to the playing field.

    At the end of the day -where will we be as a state? Will our economy be healthy? Will our schools produce readers/thinkers? Will we still have a spirit of poverty dressing our citizens from the time they wake up in the morning until the retire in the evening? Will we continue to dis-empower people by making them co-dependent on the Government or will we teach them how to be self-sufficient? Will we continue to be steered by polluted politicians that are acting out of a traditional political sewage?

    Time is rawing near and we will have to select a new leader, a new Governor. I choose to think and vote outsie of the box. I choose-the write-in candidate, Beverly Cooper-Pete. I would like to encourage all Maine voters to visit her web-site , and if you get a chance to meet her or hear her speak, you too may change your mind and choose her as your candidate. We did! http://www.beverlycooperpete.homestead.com

    Ann

    • Jim

      You don’t know why people focus on policy in elections? Paul LePage said he’d support putting creationism in public schools, a decision directly related to whether our schools will produce thinkers (as you put it) versus acolytes.

  • Matt

    Hi,

    Great case for intelligent design and critique of evolution http://amzn.com/0061472794 This theory is no joke, nor is it religion, it’s empirical argumentation, but it’s not so called “creationism”. What many seem to be doing is reading into Lapage’s statements: 1. What he means by Creationism 2.that he will try to ‘impose’ his view into public schools. If Lapage means by that, that he will encourage the intelligent design camps critique against evolution and case for tweaking the biological paradigm, I’m definitely for it! If he means, and I doubt he does or would have the power to do so, that evolution shouldn’t be taught, I strongly disagree. Evolution must be taught in great detail since it is currently the most accepted naturalistic theory, yet its not without its major flaws. But, I’d be willing to bet that the bottom line for most voters is going to be jobs.

    • Matt, Intelligent Design Theology is thoroughly linked with Christian religion through both: 1) The leap of faith it requires to a realm of intelligent god creators that can be neither seen nor tested in any way; 2) The primary backing of the ideology by Christian priests theologians. The dogma is promoted by the same people who promote classic Creationism.

      Furthermore, Intelligent Design Theology is NOT science. It’s not been verified through observation in data that’s been peer reviewed. It fails the test.

      Maybe you want to call it “empirical argumentation”, but there’s nothing reliably empirical about it. Maybe you’d rather call it philosophy, but it requires belief in a realm of universe creating gods.

      Looks like religion, pure and simple, to me.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God there is still a politican who believes in creationism!! Paul Lepage gets my vote, and also many others that I know are going to vote for him for this same reason!!

    Mary

  • paige

    As a mainer and republican I was extremely happy that LePage won..He must not be that bad of a person because we all voted him innn! One of my friends is in public school and got in trouble for carrying her Bible with her. Uhmm excuse me? This is AMERICA! Its all about freedom. Out forfathers would roll over in there grave if they saw what we have turned America into. We have “IN GOD WE TRUST” on our money but our children cant carry the Bible?? thats just messed upI think that they should teach ALL the dif. ways people believe when it comes to the world being evolved or created and let the student make the choice what they believe.

    • Children carry their Bibles with them all the time in public schools and encounter no problems (and they shouldn’t encounter problems legally speaking). Was your friend reading her Bible in class when she should have been doing her trigonometry, or was she proselytizing along with a sponsoring teacher?

    • 61% of Maine voters voted for someone other than Paul LePage.

  • Waverly Marsh

    Public schools shouldn’t teach evolution or creation as science….because neither one of them is science. They can not be experimentally verified and both take some degree of faith.

    Of course both are theories and I would have no argument having the presentation of both and the logic/”evidences purported” to be presented in the same class. Now to those who would be offended on either side of the debate could opt out of that part of the class…..or better yet ,why not have an elective class for those that wish to explore (voluntary) these debates on the subjects.

    • Waverly, it’s simply not true that biological evolution through natural selection cannot be experimentally verified. It can be. It has been – over and over and over and over again over the course of 150 years.

      How do you think development of new flu vaccines happens? How do you think that breeders do their work?

      Waverly, biological evolution through natural resources has been systematically verified, and continues to be tested and refined.

      You’re right about Creationism, though. That’s pure religion. It is mythology, and as such, it is completely outside of the realm of scientific consideration. That’s why it belongs in literature classes, taught as allegory, and in social studies courses, taught as a party of cultural literacy along with other religious ideas. Creationism doesn’t belong in science classes.

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