Thursday, May 13, 2010

Alabama Pol Under Fire for Sane Stance on Bible

To run for state-wide office in Alabama, you have to believe that every word in the Bible is literal truth. Or at least that's what a new attack ad on gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne argues. Watch the carnage unfold:

Byrne, a former Democrat now running for governor as a Republican, said in an interview in November, "I believe there are parts of the Bible that are meant to be literally true and parts that are not." Of course! However, in Alabama, such statements put a candidate on defense.

By January of this year, Byrne was already backtracking. As Lee Roop reports in the Huntsville Times, he repented for his sanity in a January 6 speech, saying, "I believe the Bible is true. Every word of it."

Every word, candidate Byrne? What about the words that order mouthy children stoned to death? (Deuteronomy 21:18-21) What about the words that describe King Saul using a witch to raise his friend from the dead? (1 Samuel 28) What about the words that command women never to speak in church? (1 Corinthians 14:34-35) What about the words--contradicting all of modern science--that describe God's creation of the world in seven days, around 6000 years ago? (Genesis 1-2)

Well, it turns out Byrne's going to stick with Genesis at least. He continues his flight from "heresy" in a statement on his campaign web site: "As a member of the Alabama Board of Education, the record clearly shows that I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our school text books."

Yup. Genesis-based creationism in school textbooks. And you thought that battle ended with the Scopes trial. Well, you were wrong. And the battle rages on in Alabama.

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