Questionable Motives

November 20, 2009

Another creationist politician: Sarah Palin

“I believed in the evidence for microevolution—that geologic and species change occurs incrementally over time, (…) But I 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 that human beings began as single-celled organisms that developed into monkeys who eventually swung down from trees; I believed we came about not through a random process, but were created by God.”

I believed in the evidence for gaining knowledge – that gaining critical thinking skills and refining honest skepticism occurs over time, (…) But I didn’t believe in the theory that human beings – rational, intellectually capable beings – could crawl back into the darkness and spout such ignorance. Or that educated people could turn their backs on knowledge and become spewing ignoramuses unwilling to understand what they attempt to demonize; I believed we could learn and increase our knowledge not by religious osmosis but by directed honest inquiry, but were thwarted by dogmatic religious belief.

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