A creation scientist with the apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis argues that it's important that political candidates answer questions posed to them that deal with biblical principles.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been getting a lot of media attention lately because of his rise in the polls in both New Hampshire and Iowa. Walker is seen as the possible go-to candidate for Christian conservatives because of his faith. But he left some Christians scratching their heads recently after he "punted" when asked if he believes in the theory of evolution.
"I'm going to have to punt on that one as well," he replied during an appearance at a British think-tank in London. He had also declined to answer questions on foreign policy.
Dr. Georgia Purdom, a creation scientist with Answers in Genesis, admits she isn't surprised that Walker – like many candidates for public office – wanted to avoid the evolution question.
"They don't want to answer that question because they realize it is a very emotional topic, it's a very hot topic, and there's a lot of divided opinion about it no matter what your political association is," she explains. "So that's probably why he wanted to avoid the question and not answer it."
But Purdom says it is important for politicians to provide honest answers to questions that can potentially impact a voter's decision.
"It is important where he stands on that issue because it's relevant to a lot of other things," she continues. "If he believes in how God defines marriage in Genesis between one man and one woman – well, that has to do with the homosexual marriage issue. How does he define life? Is life created in the image of God? That's defined in Genesis and that has to do with the abortion issue."
Because the issue of creation is related to so many other issues, Purdom believes it is important for a candidate to answer such questions.