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Does Sarah Palin believe that dinosaurs were alive 4000 years ago?

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2010-03-07 13:34:26

Sarah Palin is Not a Literal Creationist

Sarah Palin has apparently stated that she considers herself a

creationist in the sense that she thinks God is behind all

evolution. However, Sarah Palin is not a literal Creationist

in the sense that she believes the world was created in 7 literal

days and is only a few thousand years old. She is flexible with

dating in the Bible and according to her church does not believe

that Dinosaurs literally roamed Earth with man. Some

creationists believe that before man was created, God created the

world in 7 days where each 'Day' is an extended period of time.

Sarah Palin was born into a Catholic family. Her family later

attended a Pentacostal Christian church. She now considers her home

church to be the Wasilla Bible Church, which is an independent

church not associated with any major Christian denomination.

This exact line of inquiry stems from various internet sources.

Three of the most prominent are a video interview with Matt Damon,

an internet blog, and an article in the LA Times.

1. Internet Blog

These allegations appear to stem from a blog post that included

"fake Governor Sarah Palin quotes" made up by a blogger at

unbearablebobness.typepad.com. He states that his blog post was an

attempt to satirize Gov. Palin's beliefs, and does not reflect

those beliefs in any way.

The direct quote from unbearablebobness.typepad.com is as

follows:

"God made dinosaurs 4,000 years ago as

ultimately flawed creatures, lizards of Satan really, so when they

died and became petroleum products we, made in his perfect image,

could use them in our pickup trucks, snow machines and fishing

boats. Now, as to the ANWR, Todd and I often enjoying caribou

hunting and one year we shot up a herd big time, I mean I

personally slaughtered around 40 of them with my new, at the time,

custom Austrian hunting rifle. And guess what? That caribou herd is

still around and even bigger than ever. Caribou herds actually need

culling, be it by rifles or wolves, or Exxon-Mobil oil rigs, they

do just great!"

The post concludes with the following disclaimer:

"Disclaimer: She didn't actually say these things - I made

them up. But thanks for all the visits."

It thus appears that, to a large extent, people have attributed

this belief to Gov. Palin after believing that she actually made

what many believe to be 'fictional' statements.

2. Matt Damon

Damon said in an interview that he wanted to know if Sarah Palin

thinks dinosaurs were "here 4000 years ago." The interview can be

found on YouTube.

Damon does not provide any basis for his desire to ask Palin

about her beliefs. Accordingly, it is unclear whether Damon's

assertion stems from a mistaken belief that Palin actually made the

statements attributed to her on the aforementioned internet

blog.

3. The LA Times

An LA Times article has cited an anonymous source as stating

that, shortly after being elected mayor of Wasilla, Alaska in 1996,

Sarah Palin stated that she believed humans and dinosaurs existed

at the same time. Some have questioned the truth of those

allegations because the person who told that story operates a

political blog primarily directed toward opposing Palin's

candidacy, the source never published his story prior to Palin's

nomination for Vice President, there were apparently no other

witnesses to the statement, and no one else has come forward as

stating that they have heard Palin endorse similar beliefs. (See

Related Links for the LA Times article.) Apparently, the article

has not gained wide circulation in other newspapers partly because

of questions related the truth of the source's allegations.

According to the article:

"Soon after Sarah Palin was elected mayor of the foothill town

of Wasilla, Alaska, she startled a local music teacher by insisting

in casual conversation that men and dinosaurs coexisted on an Earth

created 6,000 years ago -- about 65 million years after scientists

say most dinosaurs became extinct -- the teacher said.

"When he asked her about prehistoric fossils and tracks dating

back millions of years, Palin said "she had seen pictures of human

footprints inside the tracks," recalled Munger, who teaches music

at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and has regularly

criticized Palin in recent years on his liberal political blog,

called Progressive Alaska."

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-palinreligion28-2008sep28,0,3643718.story?track=rss

4. Did Not Attempt to Teach Creationism in Schools

Palin has NOT called for creationism to be taught in schools

along side evolution (see FactCheck.org article on "Sliming

Palin"). She has said that students should be allowed to "debate

both sides" of the evolution/creationism debate comes up in class,

but has also said that creationism should not be part of the

curriculum. She has not pushed a bill to teach creationism in

Alaska during her tenure as Governor of Alaska.

In an interview with Katie Couric, Sara Palin states that

"[creationism] should be taught as an accepted principle."


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