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July 09, 2005

Adler on conservatives and evolution (full text)

Finally, a link to the full text of Ben Adler's TNR article, Evolutionary War, via Sam Rosenfeld of TAPPED.

Adler asked several prominent right wing pundits whether they personally believed in evolution and whether they believed that evolution should be taught in public school.

My favorite quote:

William Kristol, The Weekly Standard

Whether he personally believes in evolution: "I don't discuss personal opinions. ... I'm familiar with what's obviously true about it as well as what's problematic. ... I'm not a scientist. ... It's like me asking you whether you believe in the Big Bang."

How evolution should be taught in public schools: "I managed to have my children go through the Fairfax, Virginia schools without ever looking at one of their science textbooks."

See Digby for more juicy quotes and commentary.

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Comments

I think the second paragraph is probably true for most parents. Unless they're actively looking for evidence of that insidious evil evolution in their child's biology class, they're not going to read the kid's textbook.

The first quote, "I don't discuss personal opinions," given by a person who makes his living discussing his personal opinions is such blatant BS that whatever respect I had for Ben Adler, who should have called Kristol on it, is gone.

Don't be too harsh on Adler. He didn't call any of the pundits on their BS. But he was quite upfront about his intention to let the comments speak for themselves, which they certainly do.

I understand Adler's intent. I just believe that when the subject of an interview is being evasive, it's the job of a journalist to ask follow-up questions.

Perhaps I am being a bit harsh though. Perhaps Adler expects his readers to conclude that Kristol was prevaricating in order to maintain both his intellectual integrity and his influence with the anti-evolutionist core of his audience.

I've been obsessing recently about the failure of the White House press corps to ask questions like, "Previously you stated that Karl Rove specificly told you that he had nothing to do with the leaking of Valerie Plame name to the press. Now, his lawyers state that Rove was, in fact, involved in the leak. Scott, my question is this: Did Karl Rove lie to you, or did you lie to us?," and I might've been taking my frustration out on Adler.

I really like it when reporters actually dig a little bit, though. I don't think that's too much to ask.

"I managed to have my children go through the Fairfax, Virginia schools without ever looking at one of their science textbooks."

Does that mean that he never looked at the text books or that his kids never did? Wonder if they graduated or just gave up?

An odd conversation over at Amy Welborn seems related:

http://amywelborn.typepad.com/openbook/2005/07/im_evolving.html

That's reassuring. ..managed to get through the schools without bothering to check out the information he was supposed to learn and be tested on. Explains how he ended up as a talking head, no?

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