Texas Governor Rick Perry, one candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 US presidential election, made headlines when he failed to toe the evolutionary line at a New Hampshire campaign event. In response to a mother and son who asked him if he believed in evolution, he said, “It’s a theory that’s out there. It’s got some gaps in it. In Texas we teach both creationism and evolution. I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.”

In 2009, the Texas board of education changed the science standards to encourage exploring all sides of evolution, which many interpret as a not-so-subtle allowance for teaching Intelligent Design. While it’s incorrect to say that Texas schools teach creation, this is a common caricature.

While Perry’s comments hardly reflected a stereotypical ‘fundamentalist’ view on creation, it prompted a harsh reply from former Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, Richard Dawkins…

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