[William] Buckingham, who led the board’s curriculum committee when it approved the policy a year ago, confirmed Thursday that he said during a June 2004 board meeting that the biology textbook is “laced with Darwinism.” …
“It’s OK to teach Darwin,” he said in [a TV] interview, “but you have to balance it with something else, such as creationism.” [my emphasis]
Asked to explain by a lawyer for the plaintiffs, Buckingham said he felt “ambushed” by the camera crew as he walked across a parking lot to his car and that he had been consciously trying to avoid mentioning creationism. [my emphasis]
“I had it in my mind to make sure not to talk about creationism. I had it on my mind. I was like a deer in the headlights. I misspoke,” he told U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, who is presiding over the non-jury trial.
Earlier in Thursday’s court session, Buckingham claimed that he had been misquoted in stories from two newspapers that reported his advocating the teaching of creationism to counterbalance the material on evolution.
“It’s just another instance when we would say intelligent design and they would print creationism,” he said. [my emphasis]
When Stephen Harvey, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, noted the similarity of the newspaper reports to what he told the TV crew, Buckingham replied, “That doesn’t mean it’s accurate.”
I can just imagine the poor, poor man.
WB: “Don’t think about creationism, don’t think about creationism, don’t think about creationism…”
Reporter: “What do you think of teaching evolution?”
Damn, so close.