Does Sarah Palin believe that human beings and dinosaurs lived side-by-side a few thousand years ago? Palin is not answering that question now; of course, right now she’s not really answering any questions without John McCain by her side to moderate. However, she is on record as wanting Creationism to be taught in American science classes. Creationism puts forward a “theory” that the universe is much younger than the figure of 12-14 billion years widely accepted by scientists and then has to do a lot of fancy foot-work to make the physical evidence fit their theory.
However, if Palin is being tight lipped on the issue, where can we go to find out about what she believes about Creationism? The Creation “Museum” was set up as an alternative to the secular museums to give fundamentalists a place to go and learn the truth about the history of the Universe. Through its exhibits, this museum puts forth the pretense that it uses the same data as secular scientists, but comes to a different conclusion:
Everyone has the same facts, but we donâ€™t all have the same starting points. Using the Bible as your starting point, prepare to travel back 6,000 years to the dawn of creation as you enjoy the Six Days Theater. Witness the true time line of the universe unfold through the 7 Câ€™s of History [Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, Consummation].
Creation Museum Web Site, Plan Your Visit
If the Republicans had put forward a candidate that did not accept that the Sun revolves around the Earth we would assume that she was a quack. Yet the same science that tells us that the Sun is only one star amongstÂ 70 sextillion stars in the UniverseÂ also tells us that the Universe must be billions–not thousands–of years old to explain how we can see stars that are billions of light-years away.
Why do Christian Fundamentalists have to believe in a 6,000 year old Universe? They believe that their Bible is the literal truth (and I will not point out here all the inherent problems with that line of thought), therefore everything that has happened since the beginning of the Universe is in that Bible. The Young Earth Creationists (as they are known) take this one step further, claiming they can compute the age of the Universe by using that Bible as a time-line.
So, why does our best (secular) science tell us that the Universe is billions of years old? According to the Young Earth Creationists, God just made it look that way. Think about it: they are saying that the God they believe in is intentionally trying to trick us by creating a Universe that looks much older than it actually is simply to test our faith.
This is what Sarah Palin believes too, whether she will now publicly admit it or not. If she believes in the literal truth of her Bible, then she believes in a 6,000 year old Universe, she believes that dinosaurs and humans lived side-by-side, and she believes in a Universe run by a God who would deceive its creation just to prove a point.
And John McCain believes in Sarah Palin.
Third times the charm! I think I’ve got the right video of Sarah Palin and the Witchsmeller this time.
Question: Can you tell the only difference between this video and the previous videos?
Answer: This one isn’t funny.
SORRY! I copied the wrong video tag. I, of course, meant to show this clip of Sarah Palin and a Witchsmeller:
I found this great video of Sarah Palin meeting with a Witchsmeller!
ScienceDebate2008 is committed to discussing today’s most important scientific issues and the candidate’s stand on each. To go even further and allow for public feedback, ScienceDebate2008 will allow you to read each position statement and thenÂ rate McCain’s and Obama’s responses with a letter grade from A to F. There are 14 topics and a 15th open discussion topic where you canÂ post your own question for the candidates.
With all of the events of the past few weeks in the U.S. economic markets, many vitalÂ issuesÂ are being overlooked by the majority of voters thinking about who they want for President. Although the collapse of huge multi-national investment firms may seem important now, where the candidates stand on scientific and technologyÂ issuesÂ will have a greater impact on on your daily life in the long run.After all, Wall Street might collect wealth, but it’s science and technology that makes it.
There is little debate amongst scientists that the Bush administration has waged a war on science. This Republican administration is infamous for ignoring or undermining scientific consensus and cherry picking scientificÂ results that support their ideology. The next administration will have to correct this trend for the US to remain a leader in the 21st century.
We need to know what the candidates say now on these issues so that we can hold them accountable later for their actions. ScienceDebate2008 places both McCain’s and Obama’s position statements side-by-side for easy comparison.
Go, vote now, and let me know what you think, and if you posted a 15th question (mine is the third in the list) tell us about it here.
The 14 topics covered are:
Factcheck.org hasÂ answeredÂ the question “Is McCain unable to use a computer because of war injuries?” with a NO.Â McCain can use computers, although, because of his injuries, it is uncomfortable. As someone who works with computers and the problems of accessibility, I know that a lot of disabled persons find ways around their discomfort with using computers (using speech synthesizers, voice recognition and other non-keyboard devices) so that they can interact with the world around them. The computer is aÂ fundamentalÂ communication medium in America today, and anyone not participating is showing a deaf ear to that fact.
Is this a compellingÂ politicalÂ issue?Â ProbablyÂ not.
Whether McCain chooses to use a computer or not will not change how you view his stand on major issues. But it does speak to theÂ candidate’sÂ day-to-day lifeÂ experience, further showing his distance from most Americans.Â It also tells us a lot about how he views innovation and technology.Â AsÂ Marshall McLuhanÂ said, Â “The medium is the message.” How we communicate directly affects how we think about problems and how we express our ideas. Can John McCain really understand the problems and promises of a future he seems to stubbornly refuse to participate in?
At least with Michael Palin, We’ll know it’s a joke.
Tired of searching the Web or sifting through endless news articles just to find the latest presidential poll standings? Me too. That’s why I keep two links at the top of my browser to help me track who’s ahead.
My first stop every morning is electoral-vote.com to get a quick overview of where things stand. Although not the most attractive site, what it lacks in glossy graphics it makes up for in simplicity and ease of use. Quickly see- according to an averaging of state polls -Â whereÂ each candidate stands in the Electoral College, which, as we all know from the 2000 election, is what matters when all is said and done.
If you want more details or to play out different Electoral College scenarios, then head over to the USA Today Presidential Poll Tracker. Here you can get up to date poll data, poll histories, and use the interactive ElectoralÂ Vote Tracker map to see how your favorite candidate might win the day.
This video has been floating around for a while, but if you haven’t seen it, youÂ should. Obama is soundingÂ positivelyÂ KennedyesqueÂ when talking about the future of space exploration. Unlike Bush, though, he’s painting a positive andÂ peacefulÂ picture of humanities future.
If anyone knows of a similar video of McCain talking about NASA or his vision of space exploration, I’d like to see it. McCain was a pilot. Surly he has definitive views on this topic.