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Well, we all know that G.W. Bush thinks that ID should get equal time in the classroom as evolution.  What about the current presidential candidates, where do they stand?


 


Posts: 1460 | Posted: 5:37 PM on September 3, 2008 | IP
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From what I've read both Obama and McCain support evolution. A qoute I picked up from The Tree of Life from McCain:
"I think Americans should be exposed to every point of view," he said. "I happen to believe in evolution. ... I respect those who think the world was created in seven days. Should it be taught as a science class? Probably not."

Its weird, I'm from England, but I've really been interested in this years presidential race, where I never have been before. Its probably because the democrats had a woman and a black guy as candidates, but I like both McCain and Obama. I'm not basing that on their politcal stances just from what I've seen of their personalities. I believe that either of them would be better for America than this last administration. Again I'm not basing that on much!

I am definitely for creationism not being taught in science classes as it obviously not science. But I'm not against it not being taught at all - it falls into religious studies. I had to study that at school, which brings me back to England again, I've never heard of anything to do with creationism over here. It wasn't taught in religious studies, I've never heard about it in the news, no-one I've ever known believes it. Maybe a lot of people believe it here, you just don't see/hear of it like you do in America.

(Edited by Galileo 9/4/2008 at 08:19 AM).


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Posts: 160 | Posted: 08:17 AM on September 4, 2008 | IP
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McCain may support evolution, but Palin supports teaching creationism in school.  

The Evolution v. Creationism debate does seem to be mainly a US only problem.  Perhaps we just have more religious fundamentalists here, or maybe it is just a failing of the public school system to properly educate people about science.
 


Posts: 41 | Posted: 10:21 AM on September 4, 2008 | IP
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Yes, I believe the Creationism vs Evolution debate is mostly an American debate.  Europeans seem to be a bit more enlightened in many ways.

It's funny that fundamentalist Christianity should take root in America.  Most of our Founding Fathers (Jefferson, Paine, Madison, Adams, Franklin, and maybe even Washington) were Deists, or close to that.  None of them really put much stock into basic Christian beliefs.  

I think they would have accepted evolution without any problems.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear both McCain and Obama accept evolution.  I wouldn't be surprised to learn Palin is a Creationist, though.
 


Posts: 1460 | Posted: 10:36 AM on September 4, 2008 | IP
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Hey Galileo - since you're from England, I would like to compliment the English politicians on their attire in Parliment.  My wife and I were watching a Parliment session on cable TV one night.  What surprised us were all the brightly colored shirts and ties everyone was wearing.  It was great!  I wish our Congress would follow their example.  They (English Parliment) have a rather lively debate style.

I enjoyed it.  But I sure wouldn't want to be the PM - he appeared to be in the hot seat, answering and rebutting everyone's questions/comments.  
 


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Quote from orion at 11:02 AM on September 4, 2008 :
Hey Galileo - since you're from England, I would like to compliment the English politicians on their attire in Parliment.  My wife and I were watching a Parliment session on cable TV one night.  What surprised us were all the brightly colored shirts and ties everyone was wearing.  It was great!  I wish our Congress would follow their example.  They (English Parliment) have a rather lively debate style.

I enjoyed it.  But I sure wouldn't want to be the PM - he appeared to be in the hot seat, answering and rebutting everyone's questions/comments.  


Ha Ha! yeah, I don't think anyone wants to be Gordon Brown right now! 'Question Time' happens every wednesday and gives the opportunity for MPs and members of the House of Lords to ask governemnt MPs questions.
Does the US have anything similar? Kind of reminds me of the presidentail election debates in the US from the ones I've seen. Well, on The West Wing anyhow.

How much power does the vice president have in making policy?



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Posts: 160 | Posted: 03:43 AM on September 5, 2008 | IP
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Just watched youtube video on Palin, and I know its not everything she has said in interviews, but oh dear. Please vote for Obama!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntEE9Zy-qQQ


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Posts: 160 | Posted: 06:55 AM on September 29, 2008 | IP
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Yeah, Palin would be a set back to the Dark Ages, that's for sure.

I will be voting for Obama - all the way.
 


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