State Board of Education member John Bacon has charged taxpayers for his expenses to attend a church-school sponsored event that featured leaders of the movement to make the Bible the foundation of public life.
The conference brought together leading Christian activists, including David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders; Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Assn., and the American Family Radio network; Ken Ham, leader of Answers in Genesis; and Ron Carlson, a minister and anti-evolution speaker.
Barton’s work has been extensively debunked, and he has admitted to several significant errors in his publications. He argues that the Founders wanted this to be a Christian nation, when it was in fact founded by people whose concept of God is still out of today’s mainstream. The deists rejected miracles; Thomas Jefferson went so far as to edit the New Testament to remove all of Jesus’ miracles. The non-deists were often closer to that sort of deism than might be culturally tolerable today.
What did Bacon learn?
He said there was no evidence of common ancestors of different species.
Except for every study that’s ever addressed the question.
Bacon is up for re-election in 2006, and is currently opposed by Harry McDonald in the primary and Don Weiss in the general. I encourage interested parties to give generously to either campaign, or both.