Among the current frontrunners for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination are Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Tim Pawlenty.
What do they have in common?
They don’t accept evolution.
Razib Khan writes:
… it looks like 3 of the front-runners for the G.O.P. nomination are rather frank Creationists… I’m skeptical about any of these as likely candidates (i.e., if you had to make a bet you’re going to be surprised), but if you keep adding individuals to the list it seems likely that we’re looking at a serious probability that the G.O.P. nominee in 2012 will be a Creationist.
And Khan didn’t mention him, but Bobby Jindal is an evolution-denier as well.
Why is this such a big deal?
Any candidate who doesn’t accept evolution is a candidate who doesn’t understand or support real science. In the world we live in, it’s vital that we have proper funding and incentives for scientific research and none of these Republicans have enough respect for the field.
Hopefully, good reporters will get them to admit as much in interviews. We have to be vigilant, too, calling them out on their ridiculous beliefs and spreading the word about their removal from reality.
(via The Daily Dish)