“Dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time,” says Sarah Palin: The Los Angeles Times Reports on Palin’s Young Earth Creationist Beliefs

The Los Angeles Times reports that Sarah Palin is a young earth creationist.

Money quote from the article:

Soon after Sarah Palin was elected mayor of the foothill town of Wasilla, Alaska, she startled a local music teacher by insisting in casual conversation that men and dinosaurs coexisted on an Earth created 6,000 years ago — about 65 million years after scientists say most dinosaurs became extinct — the teacher said.

After conducting a college band and watching Palin deliver a commencement address to a small group of home-schooled students in June 1997, Wasilla resident Philip Munger said, he asked the young mayor about her religious beliefs.

Palin told him that “dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time,” Munger said. When he asked her about prehistoric fossils and tracks dating back millions of years, Palin said “she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks,” recalled Munger, who teaches music at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and has regularly criticized Palin in recent years on his liberal political blog, called Progressive Alaska.

The idea of a “young Earth” — that God created the Earth about 6,000 years ago, and dinosaurs and humans coexisted early on — is a popular strain of creationism.

It is not a pleasant thing to think about, but a person who might be president in the near future apparently thinks that a Flintstones cartoon more accurately reflects the relationship of humans to dinosaurs than the paleontology departments of every major university in the country.

I find such a fact not funny—but chilling.

To read the full LA Times article, see here.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to “Dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time,” says Sarah Palin: The Los Angeles Times Reports on Palin’s Young Earth Creationist Beliefs

  1. katbur says:

    Wow, I mean really Wow. Her father was a science teacher, is this just some kind of rebellion? Please?

  2. cereuleanblue says:

    Umm. . . What?!?!

    My parents think the same thing though.

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