When film critic Roger Ebert posted an essay entitled Creationism: Your Questions Answered, the blogoshpere went into veloso-raptor mode. How could the man who penned Russ Meyer’s classic cult film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, full of lines like:
You will drink the black sperm of my vengeance;
You’re a groovy boy. I’d like to strap you on sometime; and
I want it, I need it, I love it when a beautiful woman licks between my toes
ever take Creationism seriously? The horror! The horror! A member of the liberal media elite giving two thumbs up to Young Earth theorists!? Quick, bring me my smelling salts!
Turns out he wasn’t. Ebert was just explaining the zany belief system. Whew.
But Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was dead serious when, during a "casual conversation" soon after being elected mayor of Wasilla, she told music teacher Pillip Munger that "dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time" and explained away fossil track evidence by saying that "she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks."
Ya-ba-daba-doo! Does this elected official, now nominated to the second highest office in the land, take the Flinstones as gospel truth? Does she believe cartoons are accurate portrayals of historical veracity? Sarah, Sarah–do wascally wabbits talk, coyotes use mail order, and meddlesome kids with their loquacious dog keep nefarious evildoers from overtaking historic mansions?
Well, maybe the latter. We hope.