Should Intelligent Design be taught as science in schools?
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Chuck Baldwin, Founder and Minister of the Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL, stated in a YouTube video titled "Chuck Baldwin on Atheistic & Religious Freedoms" (accessed Oct. 24, 2008):
"I know that there are some among the Libertarians of our country that may be concerned that because I am a Christian minister I may try to use the office of the President to coerce people into worshiping the way that I would want them to worship, etc.,and nothing could be further from the truth." Oct. 24, 2008 Chuck Baldwin
[Editor's Note: Prior to John McCain's July 2, 2006 Con position, his position was Pro as indicated by this statement in an Aug. 28, 2005 Arizona Daily Star article titled "Transcript of John McCain's Roundtable Discussion with Star Editors"]:
"Daily Star: Should intelligent design be taught in schools?
McCain: I think that there has to be all points of view presented. But they've got to be thoroughly presented. So to say that you can only teach one line of thinking I don't think is - or one belief on how people and the world was created - I think there's nothing wrong with teaching different schools of thought.
Daily Star: Does it belong in science?
McCain: There's enough scientists that believe it does. I'm not a scientist. This is something that I think all points of view should be presented." Aug. 28, 2005 John McCain
Barack Obama, US Senator (D-IL), in a Mar. 30, 2008 York Daily Record article titled "Obama Talks to York," stated:
"I'm a Christian, and I believe in parents being able to provide children with religious instruction without interference from the state. But I also believe our schools are there to teach worldly knowledge and science. I believe in evolution, and I believe there's a difference between science and faith. That doesn't make faith any less important than science. It just means they're two different things. And I think it's a mistake to try to cloud the teaching of science with theories that frankly don't hold up to scientific inquiry." Mar. 30, 2008 Barack Obama
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