Monday, June 16, 2008

Jindal Supports Intelligent Design as Part of School Curricula

Some say Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is on John McCain's short list for VP candidates. In fact, Newt Gringrich even said that Jindal would be the best choice for McCain.

Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation, Jindal, the 37-year-old son of Indian immigrants, commented on intelligent design:
Bob Reid: But how about you personally? Where do you stand personally on the issue?

Gov. Jindal: As a parent, when my kids go to schools, when they go to public schools, I want them to be presented with the best thinking. I want them to be able to make decisions for themselves. I want them to see the best data. I personally think that the life, human life and the world we live in wasn't created accidentally. I do think that there's a creator. I'm a Christian. I do think that God played a role in creating not only earth, but mankind. Now, the way that he did it, I'd certainly want my kids to be exposed to the very best science. I don't want them to be--I don't want any facts or theories or explanations to be withheld from them because of political correctness. The way we're going to have smart, intelligent kids is exposing them to the very best science and let them not only decide, but also let them contribute to that body of knowledge. That's what makes the scientific process so exciting. You get to go there and find facts and data and test what's come before you and challenge those theories.
Read the full transcript (.PDF) here.

Watch the video is from CBS’s Face the Nation, broadcast June 15, 2008. Jindal's statements on intelligent design are around 6 minutes into the clip.

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