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One reason McCain lost my vote in 2008

Here’s an excerpt from a review by Michiko Kakutani of Sarah Palin’s new book, Going Rogue.

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." In everything that happens to her, from meeting Todd to her selection by Mr. McCain for the Republican ticket, she sees the hand of God: "My life is in His hands. I encourage readers to do what I did many years ago, invite Him in to take over."

If a candidate is so scientifically illiterate (or so intellectually stunted by unjustified religious dogma) that she doesn’t accept the theory of evolution, she has no business holding any position of authority in this country.


One Comment

  1. Richard says:

    I agree entirely. Besides, I think it is so immature to caricature evolution in the way that she does. She argues that our ability as humans to be compassionate people implies the existence of some deity (why do I guess the Christian one?). Did it occur to her that our sense of human companionship could be something far more intricate and sophisticated?
    The evolutionary worldview is beautiful, and humbling: revealing mankind to be but a twig on the great Tree of Life. I think people will continue denying evolution, despite the overwhelming evidence in favor of it, so long as they belief it is some dark, awful theory that sucks all of the fun and joy out of life.
    Evolution isn’t “sad but true,” or “I suppose it must be true. What a shame.” It really is a brilliant truth (although the difficult thing for many is that it all but totally destroys the Personal God hypothesis.
    *sigh* That said though, half the country is going to love her for saying this stuff. Such ignorance OUGHT to be political poison.

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