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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Why be the only one not in?

The proliferation of Republicans running for President has upended logic: Instead of backers asking candidates, "Why?", candidates now declare, "Why not?" and go looking for a post-United Citizens buzillionire with a long-shot hankering to be a power broker:

Which brings us to this one:
His refusal to endorse evolution hardly distinguishes him from the other Republican presidential hopefuls, but Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal can point to an unmatched achievement as he formally kicks off his campaign: signing a law that paved the way for creationism to be taught in schools. 
Jindal, who will announce his White House bid at a rally near New Orleans on Wednesday, signed the Louisiana Science Education Act into law in 2008. It was his first year as governor. 
Ostensibly a bill promoting the discussion of diverse theories in science classrooms, critics argue that it was introduced as a way to smuggle creationist pseudoscience such as “intelligent design” into the state’s public schools. Efforts to repeal it, backed by 78 Nobel Laureates, have failed. The fourth such attempt failed last year. 
Asked to lay out his opinion on the theory of evolution at a breakfast event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor last September, Jindal dodged the question, saying he is “not an evolutionary biologist”. It was a curiously evasive response from a man who in 2013 said the GOP needed to “stop being the stupid party” – not least because he was a biology major at Brown University, an Ivy League school, and a Rhodes scholar.
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