Friday, September 12, 2008

It's Time to see Palin in the Proper Light

The following is the sixth installment in a 9 part series investigating Sarah Palin's far-right views...information all voters need to know.

6. Sarah Palin believes creationism should be taught in schools.

Until somebody digs up the remnants of a T. rex with an ill-fated caveman dangling from its jaws, the scientific community, along with most of the American public, will be at peace with the theory of evolution. But this isn't true of everyone. More than 80 years after the Scopes "Monkey" trial, there are people -- and politicians -- who do not believe in evolution and lobby for creationism to be taught in schools.

Palin is one of those politicians. When Palin ran for governor, part of her platform called for teaching schoolchildren creationism alongside evolution. Although she did not push hard for this position after she was elected governor, Palin has let her views on evolution be known on many occasions. According to the Anchorage Daily News, Palin stated, "Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both."

Palin further argued, "It's OK to let kids know that there are theories out there. They gain information just by being in a discussion."

Not when those "theories" are being presented as valid alternatives to a set of principles that most scientists have ascribed to for more than a century.


Bubby said...

When you present something as a scientific Theory, like "creationism", it is by definition, subject to a rigorous, and rough analysis by the scientific community. Nothing is considered sacred or unquestioned. Do folks really want to do that with their beliefs?

Smart guy/Definately NOT hrh said...

To a normal person your question is right on and valid. But to religious fanatic (aka evangelcial)the problem is that their whole existance and "faith" is based on a bizarre, ludicrous, ignorant denial of all facts that disagree with their belief. Unlike educated folks who understand that opinions and ideas are dynamic and subjest to change as facts evolve (I had to throw that word in), the evangelicals refute reality and facts if they are contrary to what they WANT to believe. Sort of like Dorothy in Oz....these "people," with their ignorance, have been holding back cultural advancement for 2 centuries.

watchman said...

It is time for liberal Democrats to move past the Biblical Christian dialogue. The Christian Church no longer uses the Bible as normative for anything. It is an ancient relic from their history. To debate the meaning of Scripture with others in this post Bible era simply comes down to; "the Bible says this but it doesn't mean that". Therefore, we are free to go wherever else we choose for our answer. If we are afraid to place the Bible on the shelf and move on, I wonder if we are afraid of "what if". "What if" that stupid Bible thumper, holy roller is right??? They say there is a piper to pay.