Saturday, September 20, 2008

Palin Verified as a Creationist - Factcheck, You Listening?

For verification that Sarah Palin is a creationist, and an us-vs-them black-and-whiteist, read this article discussing her with Howard Bess, a retired Baptist minister who lives in a neighboring town, and Valley activist Philip Munger, who have clashed with Palin over the years. Some notable quotes from the article:

"She's Jerry Falwell with a pretty face. [said Bess] At this point, people in this country don't grasp what this person is all about. The key to understanding Sarah Palin is understanding her radical theology."

"She wanted to get people who believed in creationism on the board," said Munger, a music composer and teacher. "I bumped into her once after my band played at a graduation ceremony at the Assembly of God. I said, 'Sarah, how can you believe in creationism -- your father's a science teacher.' And she said, 'We don't have to agree on everything.'

"I pushed her on the earth's creation, whether it was really less than 7,000 years old and whether dinosaurs and humans walked the earth at the same time. And she said yes, she'd seen images somewhere of dinosaur fossils with human footprints in them."

Munger also asked Palin if she truly believed in the End of Days, the doomsday scenario when the Messiah will return. "She looked in my eyes and said, 'Yes, I think I will see Jesus come back to earth in my lifetime.'

"It's truly frightening that someone like Sarah has risen to the national level," Bess said. "Like all religious fundamentalists -- Christian, Jewish, Muslim -- she is a dualist. They view life as an ongoing struggle to the finish between good and evil. Their mind-set is that you do not do business with evil -- you destroy it. Talking with the enemy is not part of their plan. That puts someone like Obama on the side of evil.

"Forget all this chatter about whether or not she knows what the Bush doctrine is. That's trivial. The real disturbing thing about Sarah is her mind-set. It's her underlying belief system that will influence how she responds in an international crisis, if she's ever in that position, and has the full might of the U.S. military in her hands. She gave some indication of that thinking in her ABC interview, when she suggested how willing she would be to go to war with Russia."

It's worth reading the whole article, which also covers her participation in anti-abortion protests and efforts to remove books with which she disagreed from the library.

I hope the people at caught the article. When they say things like this:

"Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska's schools. She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution question, but she also said creationism "doesn't have to be part of the curriculum."

They aren't correcting a misperception, but helping to spread one. Teaching both sides IS the creationist position, fallen back to after their more overt efforts failed. Come on guys, you can't check facts if you don't check them yourselves.

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