Dear Governor Palin:
The internet has been swirling with charges and denials about your creationist beliefs. We understand that although you favor discussion of creationism if it comes up in class, you’ve done nothing to put creationism in the curriculum of Alaska’s schools, and you’ve said that you see no need to do so. But that’s not enough to satisfy your critics.
We’re not talking about the endless — and incorrect — media stories that you want creationism to be taught “side by side” with evolution. We know that’s false. But the question lingers — what do you believe?
Writing this letter is difficult for us, because we respect your privacy, and ordinarily we would have no business prying into your personal religious beliefs. But the circumstances aren’t ordinary, so we must overcome our awkwardness and ask the necessary questions.
Do you truly believe that the earth is no more than 10,000 years old? Do you reject the theory of evolution and all the evidence which supports it, in favor of the Genesis creation account?
This is important — not because a Vice President (and possibly President) needs to know anything about geology, biology, and astronomy, but because the person who occupies such a position needs to be rational. We must know if you understand the difference between science and faith. Do you accept the existence of objective reality, or do you deny it?
Assuming that you believe the Genesis creation account as a matter of faith, do you also accept that science has verifiable evidence supporting a very different description of the world? If the answer to that is “Yes,” can you keep your faith in Genesis apart from the way you evaluate evidence and make decisions in the secular world? If so, we can accept that. But you have to tell us.
The American people like you; however — to put the matter bluntly — we need to know that you have the capacity for rational judgment. Nothing could be more important.
/s/ The Curmudgeon
[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]
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