Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
A Wasilla-based music teacher and liberal political blogger is claiming that then-Mayor Sarah Palin told him after a 1997 commencement address for home-schooled students that "dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time."
Young Earth Creationism is a relatively common strain of Christian evangelicalism. It believes God created the earth over the course of six days roughly 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. It has always struggled with dinosaurs. The scientific establishment says dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago and have fossils to prove it. YEC believers are often forced into the argument that the Devil planted the fossils to fool faithless humans, or that human footprints can be found alongside preserved dinosaur tracks.
Which explains why, on the third day, God created the Remington bolt-action rifle.
Whoever does the next Palin interview — and since Katie Couric proved to be too tough an interrogator, I have to assume it'll be Regis and Kelly — needs to ask if Palin believes in Young Earth Creationism and what her views are dinosaurs are. Matt Damon wants to know!