YOUR CURMUDGEON confidently predicts that the topic of creationism will come up in tonight’s Vice Presidential debate; and we also predict that Sarah will finally put the issue to rest. Meanwhile, the press still seems confused.
In the Lawrence Journal-World, published in Lawrence, Kansas, which says that it’s “the news source for Lawrence and surrounding communities,” we read Palin and Biden on Education.
We have excerpted the article’s discussion of creationism:
Evolution vs. Intelligent Design
Palin: Palin, the daughter of a science teacher, supports teaching both evolution and creationism. “Teach both,” she said in the Boston Globe. “You know, don’t be afraid of information …Healthy debate is so important and it’s so valuable in our schools.”
Biden: He calls intelligent design “malarkey.” It’s a safe bet he doesn’t want it taught in schools.
The Globe may have reported that as Palin’s position — so has virtually everyone else — but she didn’t make such a statement while speaking to them, or to anyone else since her nomination. As our regular readers know, that was something she said in 2006, from which she swiftly retreated. Sarah doesn’t advocate creationism in the curriculum, and she took no action to interfere with science education in Alaska. She recently said, in an interview with Katie Couric: “Science should be taught in science class.” We assume it takes time for the news to get to Kansas.
The article also says this:
Other education tidbits:
The National Education Association (NEA) rated Biden 91 percent on voting for pro-public education issues.
The NEA gave Palin a favorable review in a recent news release, despite its endorsement of Barack Obama.
The NEA is a union, so their endorsement of Obama is no surprise. Their favorable comment about Palin is quite unexpected, however, and it suggests that they looked but found absolutely nothing negative to say about her. It’s always interesting to be aware of what doesn’t exist.
If tonight’s debate goes as expected, our long series of articles about Sarah Palin and creationism should be coming to an end. But if the debate reveals that she’s a flaming Noah’s Ark nutcase, then we’ll face the facts and join in the criticism.
[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]
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