In a recent discussion hosted by the Daily Herald, candidates running for the Round Lake Unit District 116 Board were asked their opinions of teaching creationism in classrooms. The four incumbent candidates all participated at the Daily Herald’s Lake County office and gave their respective feeling on the topic which were printed in the newspaper on March 9th.
Newcomer candidate, Mellody Gomez, did not attend the discussion but was contacted by email for her opinion. According to the Daily Herald, when asked about teaching creationism in science classes, she avoided the question.
Let’s face it, if we were stopped on the street and asked if creationism should be taught in science classes we might be stumped on what the heck they were talking about. As a Christian I believe we were created by our Creator but I seldom hear the word creationism used. The difference in being blind-sided by a question cold-turkey and not having an immediate response is understandable. However, when you receive an email and have sufficient time to gather your thoughts and get up-to-speed on the topic, there is no good reason for anyone running for an office NOT to have an answer. When motions, budgets, guidelines, etc. are brought before a board, those elected need to respond with their vote. Will the voters feel comfortable about a candidate who can’t even respond to a question asking their ‘opinion’? It’s not as though the candidate was voting on a huge spending bill or voting to cancel the music program. It was merely ‘asking’ what they thought about teaching creationism in the science class. The question could become a reality for future Boards to deal with and as voters we need to know how the candidates feel about it before electing them.
With the Daily Herald publishing THEIR recommendations for the upcoming elections, did candidate Mellody Gomez just shoot herself in the foot? It will be interesting to see if the Daily Herald supports her candidacy.
You can read more about candidate Gomez HERE