The Coastal Packet: LePage's new ed director wants creationism taught

Saturday, October 17

LePage's new ed director wants creationism taught

Bangor Daily News - Bill Beardsley, who will replace a retired Jim Rier, was president of LePage’s alma mater Husson University from 1987 to 2010...

Beardsley and LePage are both on record supporting the teaching of creationism alongside evolution in Maine public schools.

Dating back to 2010, when the two were sparring for the GOP nomination with several other hopefuls, the candidates were asked about creationism in a televised debate.

The debate’s moderator, Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s Jennifer Rooks, asked, “Do you believe in creationism, and do you think it should be taught in Maine public schools?”

To the question, which was asked in a “lightning round” format, which gives candidates limited time to answer, LePage responded, “I would say intelligence, uh, the more education you have the more knowledge you have the better person you are and I believe yes and yes.”

Beardsley answered simply, “I would teach creationism.”

Also in the same debate, Rooks asked candidates, “Do you believe global warming is in large part caused by human activities?” To which Beardsley replied, “I believe we should be focusing on our economy rather than chasing after issues that haven’t been proven in science.”

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