If 72 Year Old McCain Wins, Will a Young Earth Creationist Be One Health Crisis from the Presidency?

It appears that John McCain’s VP pick, Sarah Palin, is a young earth creationist.

Back in late October of 2006, during the governor’s race, the Anchorage Daily News reported the following:

“It’s OK to let kids know that there are theories out there,” she [Palin] said in the interview. “They gain information just by being in a discussion.”

That was how she was brought up, she said. Her father was a public school science teacher.

“My dad did talk a lot about his theories of evolution,” she said. “He would show us fossils and say, ‘How old do you think these are?’ ”

Asked for her personal views on evolution, Palin said, “I believe we have a creator.”

She would not say whether her belief also allowed her to accept the theory of evolution as fact.

“I’m not going to pretend I know how all this came to be,” she said. 

In her fossil example above, did Palin mean to imply that the ages that scientists generally attach to fossils are in dispute—and that we should teach different theories about the age of fossils in the public schools?

In other words, are we on the verge of bringing a scientific illiterate into the second highest office in the land—someone who thinks that there is a scientific controversy surrounding the age of fossils, and that maybe evolution never happened?

In the 21st century?

This is getting scary.

Here’s the link to the original Anchorage Daily News article: http://dwb.adn.com/news/politics/elections/story/8347904p-8243554c.html

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to If 72 Year Old McCain Wins, Will a Young Earth Creationist Be One Health Crisis from the Presidency?

  1. dennymajor says:

    You’d think, eh?

    But sadly, many Americans DO doubt evolution. A majority, I do believe. It’s terrifying that someone can consider Creationism an alternative “theory” to evolution in seriousness. It is in no way a theory. Especially when one applies the scientific definition of a theory.

    Ah well. Hopefully Americans can see through John McCain’s negative ads and his blatant pandering for disgruntled Hillary voters and look at the issues. The Democrats win easily on the issues.

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