Sarah Palin: Creationism Update (07 Sept)

For an informed discussion about the creationist views of Sarah Palin — John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate — we can’t think of a better source than the York Daily Record, the newspaper that had a front row seat for the trial of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District back in 2005.

In that paper we read Palin unlikely to push evolution issue. First they report what everyone already knows, and which is pretty much where everyone’s information ends, that back in 2006 Palin was asked if she supported teaching an alternative to evolution, and she responded: ” am a proponent of teaching both.”

We’d like to tell you more about the news story, but that paper is owned by Media News Group, and they’re suing bloggers who excerpt their stories without permission. So you’ll have to click over there to read it for yourself.

It’s worth the effort, because like very few in the media, they dig deeper into the matter and one can conclude that Sarah isn’t one of those fanatical politicians who want to teach “the truth of Noah’s Ark” in science class — the sort of crazed sleazeball who looks to creationist websites for intellectual guidance and who imagines he’s concealing his lunacy by calling it “academic freedom.”

In other words, although Sarah may be somewhat daffy about this topic, she’s not malicious about it. But we don’t know what she really thinks — only what she does. Based on her actions so far, we’ve described Sarah as a libertarian creationist. She’s had the opportunity to reveal her theocratic tendencies, but there’s no sign that she has any.

Now what else can the media complain about — moose hunting?

[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]

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2 responses to “Sarah Palin: Creationism Update (07 Sept)

  1. They could complain about the fact that she wanted to get BOOKS BANNED from the library in Wasilla:,8599,1837918,00.html

    “Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.

  2. I’ve read that, but it’s difficult to pin down. All the reporting depends on what one person says. At this point I regard it as rumor only. If it turns out to be true, I won’t ignore it.