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By Richard Cohen
If I were a Republican, I think I might have supported Scott Walker for president. The man has a nice smile, nearly flunked French in college (so did I) and, most important, has fought for what he believes. What he believes, I must emphasize, is not what I believe, but I nevertheless could respect his tenacity and adherence to principle. Until last week.
It was last week that Walker made a trip to Britain. It was one of those so-called trade missions in which he emphasized the importance of Wisconsin exports, cheese and stuff. Apparently, simply being photographed with Big Ben in the background was supposed to enhance his foreign policy credentials, which, as far as I can tell, are nonexistent. He is virtually a different man.
But it was in London that a Brit, somehow overlooking the significance of cheese, asked the governor whether he believes in evolution. This is precisely no different than asking whether one believes in the theory of gravity or general relativity, but Walker would not answer. He said he had come to London to deal not with philosophical matters but, as cannot be emphasized enough, cheese. Good day, gentlemen!
My faux conservative heart sank. My pretend hero is either an ignoramus or a coward. It is simply not possible to contest evolution, since it is the basis of all the biological sciences. The issue is closed, not debatable, and while I am obliged to say something nice about those who prefer the biblical story of creation, I have to point out that countless people somehow manage a practical synthesis and believe in both — evolution and religion. It can be done.
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