Sarah Palin and Creationism

Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin, Vice Presidential Nominee


In the newspaper yesterday, I was both amused and disturbed by a letter to the editor criticizing Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin for supporting the teaching of creationism and not teaching that evolution is a fact.

The writer apparently is one of those improperly educated people who has not considered that the explanation of evolution as the origin of life is scientifically preposterous.

But that writer was not the only one.  There have been many articles and headlines about that in the past couple of days by journalists that presumably think that this is something that needs to be warned against.

A sub-headline one hour ago stated:

Sarah Palin’s record shows a strong faith in Bible and prayer. She supports teaching creationism, outlawing abortion and banning same-sex marriage.

Last update: September 7, 2008

Another news article stated:

During a 2006 gubernatorial debate in Alaska, Palin was asked if she supported teaching an alternative to evolution.

“Teach both,” Palin said at the televised debate, according to a news story in the Anchorage Daily News. “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.”

It’s not clear if she was asked specifically about creationism or intelligent design.

After the debate, Palin told the newspaper she would not push the state board of education to add evolution alternatives to the mandatory curriculum, nor would she base appointments to the board on the candidates’ views on the issue.

Sarah Palin herself is expected to be interviewed by ABC news later this week, and creationism may be a topic she may be asked about in more detail.

Now, while I am not going to endorse either party in the USA election (see Should a Christian Vote?), I will however support the view that creationism is more scientific than evolution (and of course oppose abortion, all forms of fornication, etc.).

Those interested in knowing more on why evolution and abortion are not correct and the Bible is may wish to read the following articles:

Is God’s Existence Logical? Some say it is not logical to believe in God. Is that true?
Is Evolution Probable or Impossible or Is God’s Existence Logical? Part II This short article clearly answers what ‘pseudo-scientists’ refuse to acknowledge.
Where Did God Come From? Any ideas? And how has God been able to exist? Who is God?
How is God Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient? Here is a biblical article by Wallace Smith which answers what many really wonder about it.
What is the Meaning of Life? Who does God say is happy? What is your ultimate destiny? Do you really know? Does God actually have a plan for YOU personally?
The Bible: Fact or Fiction? This is a booklet written by Douglas Winnail that answers if the Bible is just a collection of myths and legends or the inspired word of God.
Abortion, the Bible, and a Woman’s Right to Choose Do you know what the Bible teaches on this? Has the Roman Catholic Church allowed abortions? What about the Living Church of God?

Three relatively recent news posts on the presidential/vice-presidential candidates would be:

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