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Sarah Palin’s views on homosexuality

Republican vice-presidential candidate, Gov. Sarah Palin, waves to supporters before a campaign speech Monday in Clearwater, Fla.

Republican vice-presidential candidate, Gov. Sarah Palin, waves to supporters before a campaign speech Monday in Clearwater, Fla.

Over the past few days, two excerpts of note came out Sarah Palin’s conversation with Katie Couric.

I think the two excerpts are related.

First, her comment on gays. Palin told Couric about her 30-year friendship with a woman who happens to be a lesbian. Palin said she doesn’t judge her friend. Really.

“She happens to have made a choice that isn’t a choice that I would have made,” Palin said.

A choice? Aaagh! Being gay or lesbian is not a choice. It just is what it is. Ask any one of your gay friends. Or just look at the scientific research on the issue, for crying out loud!

Second, Palin’s nonresponse to Couric’s question about what newspapers and magazines she regularly reads. Any of them and all of them, she said evasively.

I suspect the real answer is none of them. How else to explain her abysmal ignorance of the world outside of her Alaska? I, for one, am already sick of her smug small-mindedness and small-town sense of superiority. Good instincts and decisiveness are valuable leadership qualities but knowledge and real wisdom also matter.

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