THE SARAH PALIN news coverage has remained fixed in the course it began to follow from the earliest days of her nomination. The accusations of creationism and book-banning, largely ameliorated by further investigation, have nevertheless been ceaselessly repeated, and sometimes even embellished. She is frequently — and falsely — said to favor the “teaching of creationism alongside evolution.”
Our view of the matter is that Sarah will adopt McCain’s positions on these and other issues — she can hardly do otherwise — and thus whatever Sarah has said about creationism isn’t very significant. See: McCain and Obama: Positions on Evolution and Creationism. Our own vote will be cast for other reasons — the war, taxes, immigration, energy policy, etc.
We’d still like to know Sarah’s personal thoughts about creationism, and so we’re hoping for answers to our Open Letter to Sarah Palin. After all, it’s possible that Sarah might become President. But even if she does, her creationism — unless it’s really as bad as some fear — is unlikely to be a factor. Presidents don’t control our local schools. If she’s really crazy, then of course we’re concerned. At this point we’re curious — very curious — but not worried.
Nevertheless, for your weekend reading, here are a few examples (with bold added for emphasis) of “Sarah the creationist nightmare from hell” journalism:
In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review we read Bill Maher’s nasty circus of the stars. It’s a column — believe it or not — devoted to the views of Bill Maher, expressed during one episode of Maher’s TV show. The writer (Bill Steigerwald) tells us:
He [Maher] was “officially frightened” by Palin’s interview with Charlie Gibson, called Palin “a Category 5 moron” and said it’s unfair to compare pigs to Palin because pigs are smart and “don’t believe in creationism.”
We have little experience watching that fellow’s show, so we’re in no position to say more about him than his own words do.
In the Salt Lake Tribune we read Women, don’t be fooled – Sarah Palin is a bridge to nowhere. This is a column by a woman named Barb Guy. There’s a picture of Ms. Guy accompanying her column, and a glance at that may help you to put her views in context.
It’s brutal stuff, but Ms. Guy’s column doesn’t deal with Sarah’s creationism. That’s okay. We’re broad-minded enough to include even fringe opinions. Diversity is strength!
[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]
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