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'The record clearly shows that I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our schools.'

I'm a little late to this, but this attack ad against Alabama GOP gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne and Byrne's response are equally eye-popping. The ad warns voters that Byrne, a former Democrat, doesn't believe that everything in the Bible is true and once supported teaching evolution in schools. The giggle stifled by the narrator really brings it home.

Byrne's response deals with this by doubling down on his Christianity.

I believe the Bible is the Word of God and that every single word of it is true. From the earliest parts of this campaign, a paraphrased and incomplete parsing of my words have been knowingly used to insinuate that I believe something different than that. My faith is at the center of my life and my belief in Jesus Christ as my personal savior and Lord guides my every action.

As a Christian and as a public servant, I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God. As a member of the Alabama Board of Education, the record clearly shows that I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our school textbooks. Those who attack me have distorted, twisted and misrepresented my comments and are spewing utter lies to the people of this state.

Two things. One, Byrne's response doesn't even really answer the ad's attack -- you can fight to teach creationism while still allowing and (horrors!) respecting the teaching of evolution. Two, as Republicans criticize Elena Kagan for a New York/Ivy League life that doesn't represent the one lived by most Americans, here's a reminder of how wide that gulf really is.

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By David Weigel  |  May 12, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: Alabama, Bible, Bradley Byrne, Christianity, Faith, Jesus, Religion and Spirituality, Republican  
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