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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

More on Sarah Palin, Evolution, & Creationism

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, live from Saint Paul, the site of the Republican National Convention, Tom Brokaw questioned Republican Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty about his stance on evolution and creationism—as well as the views of Sarah Palin on this issue. Check out the transcript of that interview:

Tom Brokaw: In the governor's race, she refused to be specific about her views on creationism vs. evolution, but as I understand it, she did say that she thought that the two subjects should be taught side by side in public schools. Do you think that's a good idea?

Tim Pawlenty: I saw her comments on it yesterday, and I thought they were appropriate, which is, you know, let's—if there are competing theories, and they are credible, her view of it was, according to comments in the newspaper, allow them all to be presented, or allow them both to be presented so students could be exposed to both, and—or more, and have a chance to be exposed to the, to the various theories and make up their own minds.

TB: In the vast scientific community, do you think that creationism has the same weight as evolution, and at a time in American education when we are in a crisis when it comes to science that there ought to be parallel tracks for creationism vs. evolution in the teaching?

TP: In the scientific community, it seems like intelligent design is dismissed. Not entirely, there are a lot of scientists who would make the case that it is appropriate to be taught and appropriate to be demonstrated. But in terms of the curriculum in the schools, in Minnesota we've taken the approach that that's a local decision, but I know Senator Palin, or Governor Palin, has said intelligent design is something she thinks should be taught along with evolution in the schools, and I think that's appropriate from my standpoint.

TB: Given, given ...

TP: But I believe—my personal view is that's a local decision.

TB: Given equal weight.

TP: At the local school board.

TB: And you would recommend it be given equal weight.

TP: We've said in Minnesota, in my view this is a local decision. Intelligent design is something that in my view is a plausible and credible and something that I personally believe in; but more importantly, from an educational and scientific standpoint, it should be decided by local school boards, by--at the local school district level.


Brannan said...

I'd hate to teach biology in a school district in MN where the board told me to waste my time on ID instead of far more important and valid scientific ideas. No questions on ID exist for the AP exam for the simple reason that ID is not a valid scientific hypothesis: No papers in the a science journals on ID. Besides, do the republicans even pay attention to the law: Judge Jones already threw ID out. If they want it covered, put it into a humanities class discussing Wm. Paley and natural theology.

Anonymous said...

Creationism is not a theory.
Never was and never will.
Sorry but Creationism is the product of some scared bible beaters who are too ignorant to face scientific facts.

Anonymous said...

Evolution is a fact - allele frequencies in populations DO change over time.

In contrast, the existence of God is simply non-scientific speculation.

Anonymous said...

Without even saying what's true or false, calling creationism "science" is an insult to scientists simply for the fact that it does not apply the scientific process in any way. It began with its conclusion- a sure fire way to produce innaccurate results.