This Darwin Day, Take A Look At Which Republicans Are Further To The Right On Evolution Than The Pope Is

A version of this piece was originally published on Oct. 29, 2014.

Pope Francis, thought of by some Republicans as “too liberal,” made headlines in 2014 when he declared evolution is real, contradicting the beliefs of many who argue evolution can’t be factual because God created the universe and all living things.

“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” Francis said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”

The pope’s comments aren’t a huge departure from the Catholic Church; as Slate pointed out, it was suggested as early as 1950 that evolution and Catholic doctrine did not contradict each other. But that statement puts many U.S. Republican lawmakers further to the right than the pope on an issue that has consistently been up for debate in federal and state politics.

The issue can be so contentious, some politicians refuse to address it head-on. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was criticized Wednesday for refusing to say if he’s “comfortable with the idea of evolution.”

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