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Will Maine Elect a Creationist Governor?

Maine Republican gubernatorial nominee Paul LePage couldn’t possibly have been more upfront this year about his advocacy for putting creationism in public schools. Asked “Do you believe in creationism, and do you think it should be taught in Maine public schools?”, LePage’s complete response was, “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.”

Surely in this day and age, you may be saying to yourself, a state like Maine in liberal New England would never put a creationist in charge of state government. Such a candidate must be far behind in the polls, right?

Wrong. According to the latest poll numbers released by Rasmussen, Paul LePage is favored by 43% of likely Maine voters, Democratic nominee Elizabeth Mitchell is favored by 36% and independent Eliot Cutler is the favorite of 7%. LePage’s lead is outside the poll’s margin of error.

5 thoughts on “Will Maine Elect a Creationist Governor?”

  1. Tom says:

    Voting isn’t going to help anymore. Nobody can get us out of the corporate/environmental/religio-political clusterfuck we’ve managed to bring on ourselves: allowing all manner of corruption at every level, corporate influence to dominate everything, pollute without thought daily for generations, and now it’s too late to put the “genie” back in the bottle.

  2. Ross Levin says:

    Agreed with Tom, to a certain extent. And who are you rootin’ for, Jim?

    1. Jim says:

      Well, I was rooting for Green candidate Lynne Williams, but she didn’t get enough signatures to be on the ballot. I’ll have to take a closer look at Cutler; Elizabeth Mitchell is a reasonably strong liberal on policy and has a solid history of leadership in the Maine state House and Senate. NOT rooting for Mr. LePage.

      By the way, I don’t think it’s ever too late for people to rearrange the structures of their societies. It wasn’t too late in the depths of feudalism or the slave trade. It certainly is not too late now.

  3. cleary says:

    Problem is too few of us distinguish facts, information and opinion. So anyone can say anything and it carries as much weight as what anyone else says. Without good information consistent with facts,there can be no good diagnosis, and thus no good solutions. This is the major flaw in democracies, and it is hard work if democracy is to survive. People need to start saying “what’s the truth”and go with it,even if it puts them temporarily at a significant disadvantage. Can we do it? I wish I knew.

    1. Hendrix says:

      I would note that many of the people who would be at a temporary disadvantage have been experiencing extreme advantage for quite some time.

      And to Jim & Tom, I agree there is time for change, but as non-renewable resources are wasted away we lose some of the more pleasant options.

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