She did her best to obfuscate the issue during the campaign, but her book completely settles the question: Sarah Palin is an “I didn’t come from no monkey!” creationist.
Elsewhere in this volume, she talks about creationism, saying she “didn’t believe in the theory that human beings — thinking, loving beings — originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea” or from “monkeys who eventually swung down from the trees.”
We keep hearing that there are no fundamental conflicts between science and religion, that scientists should be kinder to those who find comfort in God.
All well and good until you have a major political figure deny science, deny the facts. And deny them in such an exquisite illustration of ignorance. She displays such a disrespect for what I, and millions of others, have spent our lives working on, as do most deniers of evolution and other scientific facts, like relativity.
When I see a supposedly educated person espouse such an uninformed opinion, I really do fear for America’s ability to succeed. For countries that actually have leaders that recognize the facts of the world around us will be much better poised to find successful solutions to difficult problems.
Meanwhile we will have the media captured by someone who unashamedly snubs reality. Are scientists supposed to just be nice and keep their mouths shut in order to not displease some people?
One reason I moved away from the Republican Party was their increasing reliance on anti-scientific rhetoric. (That, and the shredding of the Constitution by Iran-Contra.)
Looks like I do not have to worry about any reconnection with the Republicans any time soon.