In Alabama’s Republican gubernatorial primary, the central issue appears to be the slanderous allegation that Bradley Byrne may not, in fact, be a creationist:
He’s here to assure you that he is:
As a Christian and as a public servant, I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God. As a member of the Alabama Board of Education, the record clearly shows that I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our school text books. Those who attack me have distorted, twisted and misrepresented my comments and are spewing utter lies to the people of this state.
This is where we are as a people. It’s now a good thing to promise your constituents that you’ll bend or break the law to teach a shallow creation myth as historical and scientific fact, thus contravening all sensible theology, risking expensive litigation, misleading students, treating them as pawns in a culture war in which they have no stake, and crippling the state’s scientific competitiveness. In stories like this one, we can see clearly the death of democracy.
Thanks to N.P. for acquainting me with the title line, Socrates’ famous rejoinder.