Up until this morning I hadn’t completely ruled out voting for Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos this November in part because I’m not entirely happy with Michigan’s current governor, Jennifer Granholm. Most of what DeVos’ campaign commercials have been about is the need to create more jobs in Michigan, which is pretty much a given these days, but there’s been little mention about other policies or issues.
What’s finally convinced me that he’d be a bad choice for governor are the news reports this morning that DeVos feels Intelligent Design should be taught in science classrooms:
“Lots of intelligent people can disagree about the origins of life. In the end, I believe in our system of local control,” he said in a news release Wednesday afternoon. “Local school boards should have the opportunity to offer evolution and intelligent design in their curriculums.”
DeVos said exposing students to the concept of intelligent design—viewed by most scientists as a nonscientific, religion-based belief—would help them analyze competing theories.
I figured if I waited long enough he’d eventually come up with a reason for me to not vote for him and now he has. Congrats Mr. DeVos, you’ve lost my vote.