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May 12, 2010

Over at the Panda’s Thumb, Nick highlights this attack ad from Alabama. It’s bad enough that acceptance of evolution is seen as a negative point for a candidate, but best of all, Byrne felt the need to issue the following statement:

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.

Spewing utter lies … much like the “teaching of creationism” in text books.

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  1. Michael Fugate
    May 12, 2010 at 8:37 am | #1

    Textbooks in Alabama include creationism? Which textbooks are they using? Pandas and People? Explore Evolution?

  2. May 12, 2010 at 11:46 am | #2

    From Byrne’s website:

    In 1994, Bradley entered the public arena, offering his candidacy as a member of the Alabama State Board of Education. He was elected, and then reelected in 1998.

    The textbook disclaimer went in place in 1996, so that’s probably what he is talking about. Though it is interesting to see how he frames it as an issue of “teaching creationism”. AFAIK, the disclaimer was proposed by Norris Anderson who worked with Phillip Johnson on the wording. It, of course, doesn’t mention creationism explicitly.

  3. Wes
    May 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm | #3

    The Alabama textbook stickers are still there, right? I still find it baffling that no one would challenge the Alabama stickers. They were able to get the stickers off in Georgia. Why not Alabama?

  4. James F
    May 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm | #4

    Bill Maher mocked this ad with two hilarious parodies.

    “He said that the Earth rotates on an axis!” “Whuh?”

    “He believes that tiny invisible animals cause disease!”

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