The one thing that scares me the most about Palin.

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 @ 4:42 pm | Uncategorized

Christopher Hitchen’s has an article in Slate making a very good case against voting religious fanatics into high office.

With Palin, however, the contempt for science may be something a little more sinister than the bluff, empty-headed plain-man’s philistinism of McCain. We never get a chance to ask her in detail about these things, but she is known to favor the teaching of creationism in schools (smuggling this crazy idea through customs in the innocent disguise of “teaching the argument,” as if there was an argument), and so it is at least probable that she believes all creatures from humans to fruit flies were created just as they are now. This would make DNA or any other kind of research pointless, whether conducted in Paris or not. Projects such as sequencing the DNA of the flu virus, the better to inoculate against it, would not need to be funded. We could all expire happily in the name of God. Gov. Palin also says that she doesn’t think humans are responsible for global warming; again, one would like to ask her whether, like some of her co-religionists, she is a “premillenial dispensationalist”—in other words, someone who believes that there is no point in protecting and preserving the natural world, since the end of days will soon be upon us.

I personally don’t think that a politicians personal religious views are above scrutiny. Especially if their theology is preoccupied with Armageddon. Is it rational to believe that the Earth is a disposable, transient phenomenon? Should a leader predisposed to thinking of the world in these terms be given the capability to hasten our demise?

Hitchens delivers the blow:

This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured. And those who prate of spiritual warfare and demons are not just “people of faith” but theocratic bullies. On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity.


2 Responses to “The one thing that scares me the most about Palin.”

  1. deadmaus Says:

    Agreed. I’d like to know whether or not the Palins anxiously await The Apocalypse. The woman was “blessed” by a confessed witch hunter. I thought we were two hundred years beyond all that.

  2. jeromy Says:

    Simple answer: Yes.