The following interchange, as recorded in The New York Times transcript, took place during the so-called debate between ten Republican contenders for the United States presidency:
MR. VANDEHEI (a questioner): Senator McCain, this comes from a Politico.com reader and was among the top vote-getters in our early rounds. They want a yes or no. Do you believe in evolution?
SEN. MCCAIN: Yes.
MR. VANDEHEI: I’m curious, is there anybody on the stage that does not agree — believe in evolution?
(Senator Brownback, Mr. Huckabee, Representative Tancredo raise their hands.)
Given that response to Vandehei’s question, I would therefore like to propose the following Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
What do you think, folks? Shall we start a grass-roots effort to get this adopted?
Anti-Ignorance AmendmentNo person whose religious beliefs alone prevent him or her from accepting an overwhelming expert consensus relating to facts and data of science and/or history shall be eligible to the office of president.