Obama on evolution

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Apr 1, 2008
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Thought from Kansas (you do read that, don't you?) has a post up with a quotation from Obama about evolution, taken from the York Daily Record (emphasis mine):

Q: York County was recently in the news for a lawsuit involving the teaching of intelligent design. What's your attitude regarding the teaching of evolution in public schools?

A: "I'm a Christian, and I believe in parents being able to provide children with religious instruction without interference from the state.

But I also believe our schools are there to teach worldly knowledge and science. I believe in evolution, and I believe there's a difference between science and faith. That doesn't make faith any less important than science. It just means they're two different things. And I think it's a mistake to try to cloud the teaching of science with theories that frankly don't hold up to scientific inquiry."

While I disagree with Obama a bit (obviously, I wouldn't put faith on equal footing with science), his attitude is pretty good, and for a politician running for President it's phenomenal. Clinton was clear on this issue as well. And both are far, far better than the mealy-mouthed equivocating McCain made on this topic.

Remember when Democrats were seen as anti-science, and Republicans the defender of truth? Yeah, that was a long time ago, wasn't it?