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Everybody is having a field day (especially former Ambassador Jon Huntsman – see below) on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s position on creation.  On Thursday, he said evolution had “holes” in it and was unworthy of belief.  (Go here for more on this!)  Perry followed up on it Friday.

Here’s the Huffington Post’s take on it:

When a woman in South Carolina congratulated him for his remarks Friday, Perry replied “Well, God is how we got here. God may have done it in the blink of the eye or he may have done it over this long period of time, I don’t know. But I know how it got started.”

This is fairly standard Christian doctrine.  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…”  Genesis 1:1 (KJV).

Some believe it took millions/billions of years and others six literal days.  But both are sound Christian doctrines.  (Being a believer is following Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  For more info on that or how to do that – go here)  There are admittedly problems with billions of years:  What about thorns/death/animals eating other animals?  (Check here for more on that)  There are also problems with young earth theories.  (I personally believe God created the universe in six literal days as He counted time.  That could be billions of years or maybe not.)

Jon Huntsman seems to support evolution:

Huntsman responded in a tweet, saying “To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

“When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position,” Huntsman told ABC’s “This Week.”

By the way, Huntsman when he was Governor of Utah, signed a constitutionally dubious “agreement” with former CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other states and at least one Canadian province (British Columbia) to fight global warming:

From Deseret News archives:

With a flourish of pens and handshakes, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made it official that the Beehive State is now part of the Western Regional Climate Action Partnership.

Other partners include New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The agreement is designed to set standards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions under a market-based program.

One small tiny problem:  The Constitution forbids interstate and international alliances and agreements between states and either other states and foreign governments.  “No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation…[or without the consent of Congress]…enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power…”  ”  Article I, Section 10

Huntsman and Schwarzenegger admit the Federal Government did not authorize it because they criticize the Federal Government (e.g, Bush 43) for inaction!

“Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership on this issue, where the federal government has failed, is instrumental,” Huntsman said. He added that a regional approach is the best way to take action now.

“We are leading the charge. We are not waiting for Washington any longer,” Huntsman said.

Now you can believe in evolution and special creation at the same time and be a good Christian but it is doctrinally not the best position to be in.  However, it is wrong to treat Gov. Perry as if he is an antediluvian Bryanite for advocating sound Christian doctrine.

I must however fuss JUST a bit with Governor Perry.  He seems to take credit for the teaching of creation in the public schools of Texas.  I agree Texas has enlightened schools!  But the state board of education is an elected body and acted on its own.  Perry may have said yes do it but he could not act on his own.





About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Anonymous says:

    Doesn't Article 1 Section 10 refer to military alliances between the states?

    "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay."

    I could very well be wrong, but the tone of it seems universally advocated to states raising an army or joining together militarily.

  2. Sandy Sanders says:

    That is an interesting argument and I admire it. But the US Supreme Court has taken a stricter view of this clause and its related one earlier in Article IV ("No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation…")

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