SC Primary Elections are Today

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Today, June 13th, is primary day in South Carolina. Most of the would-be Democratic nominees are running unopposed, but the Republican slate is packed full for a number of races.

The race for state Superintendent of Education has no fewer than 5 candidates running for the Republican nomination. The SCSE page has the response of each candidate during a recent debate to the question of what they thought about teaching “alternatives” to evolution. Read the responses and see what you think. The two front-runners in the race are supposedly Karen Floyd and Bob Staton, and the winner of the nomination will be heavily favored to win the general election. You can read more about Floyd’s opinion on teaching evolution here. Staton is a bit harder to pin down. Most agree that he doesn’t feel strongly about the issue, and therefore his answers tend to be tactfully vague.

Also on the ballot today is Oscar Lovelace challenging incumbent Governor Mark Sanford.

There are three candidates running for Lt. Governor. Incumbent André Bauer is being challenged by Mike Campbell and Henry Jordan. The views on teaching evolution among the first two are not a matter of public record as far as I know, but Jordan has, shall we say, a rather unsubtle opinion. He also has complementary views on religious diversity.

Anway, if you are from South Carolina, please get out and vote. There are obviously other issues to consider, so choose your candidates carefully.

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Clever Beyond Measure from Clever Beyond Measure on June 13, 2006 2:23 PM

There are primary elections going on in South Carolina, and one of the offices up for grabs is state education superintendent. One of the candidates is an IDiot named Karen Floyd. Thanks to South Carolinian Steve Reuland at Panda's Thumb, Read More

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Says Floyd: More and more scientists are publicly coming out in favor of an Intelligent Design Theory because that is what the evidence is telling them is true.

Who are these scientists? Names, please. At what rate are their numbers increasing? Failure to provide details and references is a sign of intellectual inexperience or dishonesty. Heaven help SC if she becomes Superintendent of Education.

Did Panda’s Thumb kill sc-scied.org ? I repeatedly get a database error when trying to access the site.

www.scpie.org, however, still loads. So there’s no justtice in the world. :)

Crud, it’s not working for me either.

Luckily, I already had the page open in my browser, so I’ll reproduce the responses below:

Floyd: I believe that critical analysis should be part of the classroom discussion. I’m for teaching the origins of life and the theories behind those origins that encourage critical thinking. If elected, parents can be assured what is taught in public school will not undermine what parents are teaching their own kids at home or in Sunday school.

Moffly: “I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.” said (playwright) Wilson Mizner. I would have to let the science experts debate the best scientific theory.

Ryan: There is a place for teaching evolution in high school. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in a science class.

Staton: Thinking critically about all scientific theory is important for developing a sound understanding of the subject.

Wood: It doesn’t belong. God made us to evolve. As far as the “monkey to man” evolution, there is more science to discredit that theory than to support it. Not only is it a waste of class time, but it is an active attempt to destroy Christianity.

Would anybody like my lunch? I just read through the SC-PIE site, and I sudenly feel nauseous.

Would anybody like my lunch? I just read through the SC-PIE site, and I sudenly feel nauseous.

If you haven’t lost your lunch yet, make sure to read SC-PIE’s newsletters ( http://www.scpie.org/resourcesnewsletters.html ). That’s where you’ll find their craziest and/or most sickening stuff.

Oh, and if you’re going to vote in the SC primaries, remember that SC PIE seems to be big on Karen Floyd and Mark Sanford.

I used to live in S.C. but don’t anymore, so I can’t vote against the two (or 3?) anti-science ones or the two that don’t seem to know what the issue is.

Henry

Seems to me Jordan just deproved his own theory.

Made a monkey out of himself with his opinion.

Doctor of what, by the way? Must be Theology. No wait, “most scientists,” oops, I mean “theologians” disagree with his view.

Don’t like the guy, but I respect his directness. He’d probably have been better off in the polls not apologizing at all… which is sad in itself, but a honest politician is a rarity.

Re “Made a monkey out of himself with his opinion.”

Hey, isn’t that evidence for evolution? ;)

Henry

WIStv is reporting that Floyd received approximately 50% of the vote in yesterday’s primary, comfortably ahead of Staton (35%).

The only question appears to be whether Floyd has an actual majority or whether a runoff is necessary, but it looks like the IDiots have themselves another candidate. Today’s papers show that Floyd likely has at least the 50%+1 vote necessary to prevent a runoff.

The only question appears to be whether Floyd has an actual majority or whether a runoff is necessary, but it looks like the IDiots have themselves another candidate.

Several of the other SC papers are essnetially reporting the same thing - that it looks like Floyd has just enough votes to avoid a runoff.

I bet the folks at SC PIE are thrilled …

I like Henry Jordan’s idea that it’s the sin of pride that causes people to believe in evolution. I wonder what causes people to believe that humans are so well-designed that a Creator specially designed them and that the Universe is made for them? Quite the piece of blackwhite no?

So who won?

Re “I like Henry Jordan’s idea that it’s the sin of pride that causes people to believe in evolution.”

Yeah, where do they get the notion that people want to be related to other animals? I don’t see any particular reason to think that scientists were ever actively wanting to be related to other apes, primates, mammals, vertebrates, animals, eukaryotes, and the other domains.

Henry

so who won?

the creobots:

http://headlines.agapepress.org/arc[…]/152006b.asp

State Senator Mike Fair, a member of the Education Oversight Committee, believes the update of the public schools’ biology curriculum guidelines is a step in the right direction. “That, we think, is going to give a new freedom to teachers and a new freedom to the students in the science classrooms around South Carolina,” he says.

phht, yeah, right.

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