Everything you need to know about Sarah Palin and the shape of her mind can be found in the following paragraph, culled from a review of her book by Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times:
Elsewhere in this volume she talks about creationism, saying she “didn’t believe in the theory that human beings — thinking, loving beings — originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea” or from “monkeys who eventually swung down from the trees.” In everything that happens to her, from meeting Todd to her selection by Mr. McCain for the Republican ticket, she sees the hand of God: “My life is in His hands. I encourage readers to do what I did many years ago, invite Him in to take over.”
Assuming Ms. Kakutani, the Times‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic, accurately quoted the former half-governor, then the crawl space between Palin’s ears is filled not with nonsense, but with dangerous nonsense.
Despite the fact her dad was a science teacher, who obviously failed to teach basic science to his daughter, Palin regurgitates the typical fundamentalist critique of evolution, which is in reality a critique of science and of scientific methodology.
The fact is that science, our only reliable and historically productive mode of inquiry, unequivocally understands the origin of human beings in terms of evolution, and the fact is that all life evolved from a common ancestor.
To deny these facts is to deny the legitimacy of scientific inquiry.
But beyond her denial of otherwise uncontroversial scientific conclusions, is the dangerous notion that her life is “in His hands.” What does that mean exactly, if it doesn’t mean that her mind is sycophantically surrendered to an invisible, unquestionable, unverifiable being? A being in whose name much evil has been done, some so obvious that even contemporary Christians have disavowed it?
And what does it mean when she claims she has invited this being to “take over” her life?
Does it mean God speaks to her?
Does it mean the Bible—to her, the Word of God—speaks to her?
Does it mean she subscribes to a certain view of, say, the Book of Revelation that would inform her foreign policy decisions, especially when it comes to Israel?
Is Armageddon something she expects? Is it something in which she—surrendered to God—would see herself as playing a role on behalf of God?
Thinking people in the 21st century should no longer tolerate such things from our public figures, particularly from someone who at least has had some ambition to become the President of the United States, before she undertook to gather from the gullible as much money as Todd can load on his Iditarod sled.
But I suspect most of the chatter surrounding her book will be about her backstabbing of former colleagues from last year’s campaign, or, God forbid, Levi Johnston.