Friday, August 29, 2008

Creationism back in election politics

It seems that McCain's VP pick, Sarah Palin, favors teach the controversy approach. This issue came up during her campaign for Alaskan governorship in 2006 (hat tip The Secular Outpost):

The volatile issue of teaching creation science in public schools popped up in the Alaska governor's race this week when Republican Sarah Palin said she thinks creationism should be taught alongside evolution in the state's public classrooms.

Palin was answering a question from the moderator near the conclusion of Wednesday night's televised debate on KAKM Channel 7 when she said, "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."
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Palin said she thought there was value in discussing alternatives.

"It's OK to let kids know that there are theories out there," she 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.

Yikes!!

So the question now is if she is going to move away from this position or will this be considered as an asset to rally the conservative base (she also has a strong pro-life stance and is a member of the NRA). At least we now know that one of the questions in the VP debate will be about the teaching of evolution. Read the full story from Anchorage Daily News, whose traffic probably increased a million folds today.