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Little Ricky has the AFA dogs nipping at his ass

Rick Santorum‘s curiously evolving position on “intelligent design” has caught the eye of our friends at the very busy American Family Association (Pennsylvania wingnut chapter). The Senator, who is seeking re-election, has been backpedaling away from his support of the ID ever since the Dover Area School District deep-sixed its unconstitutional intelligent design policy.

The York Daily Record noted Little Ricky’s past crystal-clear endorsement of ID.

A year ago today, an editorial by Santorum praising Dover’s intelligent design policy appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I commend the Dover Area School District for taking a stand and refusing to ignore the controversy,” he wrote. Dover school officials were so pleased that they printed the piece in a newsletter sent out to district residents.

But as Ricky’s poll numbers dropped like a stone, he seemed to have a change of heart.

… In August, after President Bush said he supported teaching intelligent design in science class, Santorum said he didn’t agree. Rather, he said he supports “teaching the controversy” over evolutionary theory.

As far as intelligent design is concerned, I really don’t believe it has risen to the level of a scientific theory at this point that we would want to teach it alongside of evolution,” the Pennsylvania senator said during an NPR interview in August.

Well, that didn’t sit well with the AFA, which blasted Little Ricky in its press release.

Senator Rick Santorum’s agreement with Judge John Jones’ decision concerning the Dover Area School District’s policy pertaining to Evolution and Intelligent Design is yet another example of why conservatives can no longer trust the Senator, a statewide traditional values group said today.

…”Senator Santorum has been backwatering on this issue since August when he stated he did not believe Intelligent Design should be taught in the classroom. The Senator is missing the mark – Dover was not requiring the teaching of Intelligent Design only the reading of a one-minute statement. Senator Santorum has said he believes teachers should have the freedom to mention Intelligent Design, yet Judge Jones’ decision forbids this, making the Senator’s agreement with the Judge even more troubling,” stated Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.

* The Moderate Voice: Sen. Rick Santorum Wins Plastic Wrap Political Transparency Of The Year Award 2005
* Get out the tiny violin for Dover, PA wingnuts
* Dover, PA, votes the IDIOTS off the School Board
* Pennsylvania wingnuttery reigns supreme

Hat tip, Santorum Exposed, via PageOneQ.

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