By Richard Norman
Among the many Chuck Norris facts out there, the one most suitable to Mike Huckabee’s candidacy for president is "Evolution doesn’t exist–there’s just a list of animals Chuck Norris has allowed to survive." New polls show Huckabee tied nationally with Guiliani for the Republican nomination. According to Reuters:
Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas whose campaign has caught fire in recent weeks, wiped out an 18-point deficit in one month to pull within one point of Giuliani, 23 percent to 22 percent.
While I’m sympathetic to Christopher Hitchens’ anti-religion screed and especial denouncement of Huckabee, the most absurd detail of this man’s candidacy is his outspoken disbelief in the theory of evolution. Others in the world have a hard enough time with Americans’ refusal to accept the metric system–but a refusal to accept evolution? Will a man who believes the world is 6,000 years old actually be nominated by a major Western political party to stand for head of state? Much more than a personal choice/belief which should be closed to public scrutiny, the refusal to accept evolution as the prime driver of the planet’s species must be seen as a crucial intellectual failure. It’s not hard to imagine such ignorance colouring a leader’s entire judgment. Indeed, it may well follow that a person who does not believe in evolution does not believe in a rational, rigorous process of decision-making. New ideas and fancies appear ex nihilo, and not from evidence-based testing or considered debate. Mike Huckabee may have a sense of humour, but his ignorance is deeply disturbing for a man leading national polls. -Richard