“Well, if you mean microevolution, where an organism adapts to its environment with the flexibility inherent in its DNA, then yes I believe in that; we see it every day in nature. But if you mean macroevolution, where mutations stack on one another to create entirely new organ systems and transform one species into a totally different species, then I, along with many scientists, have serious issues with that theory.”
That answer advances public discourse and a candidate can deliver it in thirty seconds. When someone says they do not believe in “evolution,” the common rebuttal is to point to microevolution and charge the candidate with being an anti-science religious zealot. But when people say “evolution,” most are referring to macroevolution. By forcing the terms “microevolution” and “macroevolution” into the debate, a candidate deflects the attack and reframes the debate. Discussing the numerous scientists who have concerns with macroevolution only adds gravity and authority to the candidate’s position.
Polls show about half of Americans have problems with Darwinian macroevolution. Such a position may not be en vogue with the mainstream media, but it does bolster the weight of the pro-microevolution candidate’s argument.
There are scientists who echo the concerns of a vast number of Americans. Models like the doctrine of irreducible complexity explain that certain organs, such as the eye, require dozens of different components, each made of billions of cells, all working together to function as a whole. It argues such organs cannot evolve over time, they only benefit the creature at one hundred percent capacity. A 99% evolved eye is useless. This model suggests organs must be entirely present and perfectly fit together or they do not work. Modern theories of macroevolution have no explanation for how such organs came about.
Regardless of what you believe, that’s a fair point for a rational person to make that does not rely on any religious belief. It’s a scientific concern, not a religious objection.
Yes or no questions on evolution only serve to make conservatives appeal to one part of the electorate by alienating others. It’s “gotcha” politics, pure and simple. They serve no purpose other than helping liberals get elected.
I’d like to give the questioners the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they didn’t realize how unfair the question was. It’s possible they don’t understand this issue themselves.
Some on the Left can still be so blinded by their political ideology and opposition to conservative Christian beliefs that they ask such unproductive questions in order to promote a clearly secular agenda.
Televised forums of presidential candidates should be about more. The country deserves better.