Joined: May 2006
|Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ Aug. 29 2008,11:51)|
|Until we get more data, I'm treating Palin as having fallen for "fairness argument" rhetoric rather than being a fully-invested antievolution advocate. Lots of people do...|
I'll go along with that.
I hurriedly exaggerated her position on the matter of teaching creationism (I simply posted too fast without doing research, which is stupid on my part, and the kind of crap I dislike when others do it) -- anyways, I'll rachet that back a few notches. My apologies.
I'll wait to see what the fundy bloc presses her to say, and if she says it.
I tried finding any more info out, but didn't get far. She doesn't appear to be an extremist, and is actually impressive in regards to her ethical stances on several matters -- corruption in various venues and upholding rulings on gay rights that she didn't personally endorse, but saw fit to take a stand on ( the last detailed here: http://dwb.adn.com/news....8c.html ).
Afarensis mentioned this article in the Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 27 2006:
But there's also this, from Oct. 24 2006, a two-part bio in the Anchorage Daily News
I don't want to be accused of taking part in any feeding frenzy against her because the truth is that I'm impressed with the backbone she's demonstrated -- this shouldn't be taken to mean I'd ever endorse her in *this* race, particularly when I'm not convinced McCain is entirely sane.
n.b. I recall a mod or regular poster at IIDB (Internet Infidels) or Dawkins' joint being from Eagle River, so maybe I can look that person up and see if they can offer any insight from a local view. In the meantime, Wikipedia has a good profile on her that includes this cited statement:
" Concerning education, while running for Governor of Alaska and asked about the teaching of creationism in public school science classes, Palin answered that she thought it was healthy for both creationism and evolution to be taught together; although she clarified the next day that she meant that open debate between the two ideas should not be prohibited if it came up in discussion, but that creationism did not need to be part of the curriculum. She also added that she would not appoint State Board of Education members based on their opinions on evolution or creationism. "
AtBC Award for Thoroughness in the Face of Creationism