Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Ken Ham's Worried About Sarah Palin...

Ken Ham, of Answers in Genesis fame, is concerned about the new GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. I'm also concerned about Mrs. Palin, so could it possibly be the case that Ken Ham and I actually agree on something? That'd be the day.

Still, you have to admit that she has her fair share of worrisome blemishes. Heck, she belongs to a Christian Dominionist church with ties to Joel's Army, a group of super fundie Christians that spend most of their time hoping for the end of the world.* Plus she's also a longtime supporter of a bizarre Alaskan secessionist group call the Alaskan Independence Party that wants to break away from the United States and establish Alaska as its own sovereign nation. (To be fair, she never actually joined the AIP. Her husband was a member, they attended the group's conventions, and as governor of Alaska she filmed a video address for the AIP's 2008 convention, but she was never a member. You know, in much the same way Bill Clinton never inhaled.) She's also a creationist who wants religious explanations of life origins taught in science classes...oh, and she's completely opposed to any legal access to abortion for any reason...and she's trying to sell herself as an anti-pork reformer even though she sought $27 million in earmarks for a town less than half the size of the University of Louisville.

I could go on, but I think I've made the point. There are plenty of reasons for folks of my particular political bent to be concerned about Sarah Palin. On the other hand, she seems kind of like Ken Ham's cup of tea. What could he possibly be concerned about? Did her hypocrisy about pork-barrel politics get to him? Is he bothered by the fact that she's currently in the midst of an ethics investigation for the alleged revenge firing of a state official? Have his Christian values led him to have doubts about the human cost of the war in Iraq?

Nope.

Ham is concerned that she's not creationist enough. While he's glad that she's pretty creationist, he's concerned that she advocates the teaching of "scientific creationism, as opposed to biblical creationism" (Emphasis his. Also of note: there's no such thing as scientific creationism- it's all biblical.) and thus promises to "continue to seek out additional comments from Gov. Palin regarding her beliefs on creation/evolution" in order to warn his supporters if it becomes apparent that she's ever read a biology textbook.

Once again I'm reminded that True Believers™ live in a very different world from the rest of us.

*The recently disgraced, and always disgraceful, faith-healed Todd Bentley is also closely associated with this group.

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