Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) joined the ranks of leading Republicans condemning evolution last week. On Bill Maher’s show, Kingston was asked directly if he believed in evolution and announced “I believe I came from God not from a monkey so the answer is no.”
Kingston rejected the notion as absurd that a “creature crawled out of the sea and became a human being one day.” Well, this may be a problem with how he was taught evolution. That particular creature did not become a human, but I accept that he was generalizing. He does not, however, view the Bible (Genesis 1:27) as generalizing when it says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
By the way, a recent study showed that there are still plenty of high school biology teachers who take the same view. Thirteen percent admitted in a study that they advocate creationism over evolution and a majority of high-school biology teachers avoid taking a position between the two.
Kingston is also in good company in his party. Three of the 10 candidates (Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, who later dropped out, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado) have even publicly proclaimed that they did not believe in evolution in the Republican Presidential Primary in 2004.