This is the second part of a two-part report examining John Ashcroft's record as an elected official. People For the American Way has undertaken this examination in response to his nomination to be Attorney General of the United States, one of the most important public officials in our nation, a person who has enormous power and influence over the lives of all Americans.
|Main Finding: A substantial majority of Americans (about 7 in 10) believe the scientific theory of Evolution is compatible with a belief in God – one does not preclude the other.|
Over two-thirds of Americans are quite firm in the belief that Evolution can co-exist with the belief in God and the belief in a Divine role in human development. Most Americans feel the Theory of Evolution does not preclude a role for a Supreme Being in the origin and development of humans.
|Main Finding: According to most Americans, the issue of whether or not to teach Evolution in the public schools is too important to leave to individual localities to decide. They agree that a national approach is warranted.|
As Governor, Ashcroft staunchly opposed efforts to require church-run day care centers to meet even minimal health and safety regulations such as state fire codes and health requirements. Missouri was the only state that exempted them completely from those regulations. His opposition raises serious concerns not only about his preferential treatment of religious institutions, but also about how he, as attorney general, would interpret and implement so-called "charitable choice" laws.