Sarah Palin: Creationism Update (09 Sept)

EVERYONE IS TRYING to be a media pundit. Now it’s the turn of some journalistic genius at the Anchorage Daily News,, where we read Questions for Palin.

It’s low-grade material, written in that smirking and sneering style that shrieks: “I eat nothing but bean sprouts so I’m better than you are!” Nevertheless, they do ask one question about teaching creationism, so the article is of interest. Here’s the question:

As governor of Alaska, you have not pushed for laws or regulations that put your personal views on abortion, same-sex marriage and creationism into public policy. As vice president, will you push to outlaw abortion, restrict same-sex marriage and require the teaching of creationism?

That is not a brilliant question. A Vice President has virtually no authority over such matters — nor does a President, really. Sarah could, while VP, vote in the Senate in case of a tie, but that’s rare, and these things aren’t really federal issues.

She might have been asked about her creationist views in the context of choosing judges (were she to become President), but the journalist didn’t think about that. At least he didn’t ask about the bogus issue of book-banning.

Sarah’s record of conduct as mayor and governor — which the journalist already knows — is clearly indicative of her proclivities in these areas. She didn’t push her personal views. At minimum, were she so inclined, Sarah might have urged the state legislature to do something along those lines. But she didn’t to a thing. That tells us a lot — she keeps her views to herself.

In effect, the journalist is asking: “You haven’t yet used your guns to kill people, but tell us whether, as Vice President, you’ll become another Washington sniper.” Great thinking! After all, the people need to know these things. Where would we be without the press to look out for us?

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

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