Rick Perry: Earth “Pretty Old” and Evolution “Got Some Gaps”

Gov. Rick Perry was asked directly about his view on creationism and the religious dogma regarding the age of the Earth. His response was truly Bushesque, saying that the Earth is “pretty old” and evolution “got some gaps.” He wants both evolution and creationism taught side by side as equal “theories” in public schools.

A mother at a campaign stop prompted her son to ask Perry about creationism and the age of the Earth. Perry responded “How old do I think the Earth is? I have no idea – it’s pretty old. It goes back a long way – I’m not sure anyone knows really completely know how old it is.” It goes back a long way? Of course, all that carbon dating appears inconclusive since no one is actually living who saw the Earth billions of years ago. Due to the lack of eye witnesses, that means that the Earth is somewhere between billions and just thousands of years old. However, it is pretty old.

Perry went on to say on evolution that “It’s a theory that’s out there and it’s got some gaps in it. In Texas, we teach creationism and evolution because I feel you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.” A theory that’s out there.

Texas has been ranked 44th in spending on education and last in high diplomas Polls show that a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time and a majority reject the theory of evolution.

Source: TPM

110 thoughts on “Rick Perry: Earth “Pretty Old” and Evolution “Got Some Gaps”

  1. Tomorrow ppl is going to release a poll that shows Perry up nationwide in the double digits. Perry will now be the one to beat not Romney.

  2. raff, We shall see. I don’t think so. After he wins Iowa, South Carolina and Florida, he will be unstoppable.

  3. Evolution has far fewer gaps than Rick Perry. We will be treated to his particular brand of populist garbage for many months to come, but he will eventually talk himself out of higher office.

  4. Here’s one for you all that really believe Perry does what he says…..

    Head of Texas motor vehicle agency resigns amid criticism

    The head of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles resigned Monday, a few weeks after the fledgling agency that handles vehicle registrations and other services was criticized for not fixing organizational flaws quickly enough.

    “I’ve got some personal issues I need to address,” Executive Director Edward Serna told the Star-Telegram in a voice mail Monday, explaining his departure effective Aug. 31.

    The DMV was created two years ago to remove some administrative functions from the Texas Department of Transportation. It is a contact point for millions of motorists who buy, sell and register vehicles, as well as law enforcement agencies and county tax assessors and collectors.

    Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/22/3306410/head-of-texas-motor-vehicle-agency.html#storylink=omni_popular#ixzz1VucjHFfK

    You can’t get much better than creating more government to serve ya….

  5. […] For those who found Bush simply too intellectual, Perry appears your man. He added his view of the new found ability of Iranians to act outside of the limitations of conventional physics, noting “We’re going to see Iran in my opinion, move back in at literally the speed of light.” We will obviously have to stay until Iraqis evolve into a faster form of life but Perry is on record questioning the basis for evolution. […]

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