The Coastal Packet: Flip flop of the day

Monday, October 19

Flip flop of the day

Press Herald -Gov. Paul LePage announced Bill Beardsley’s appointment late Friday to succeed acting commissioner Tom Desjardin, who will continue in the department as acting deputy commissioner.

During a lightning round of questions in a gubernatorial debate in 2010, Beardsley answered “yes” when asked whether he believed in creationism and thought it should be taught in schools. 

On Monday, he said he doesn’t believe schools should teach creationism in science classes, and that he will not put forward any effort to change Maine’s current science standards to include creationism, the idea that the universe and life originated as a result of divine intervention.

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