Okay, we know she
doesn't know anything about the Constitution, because she demonstrated repeatedly during the
campaign that she had no idea what a vice president does. But isn't it time we started enforcing the
separation of church and state that is contained repeatedly in the
This is from a
Monday interview of Caribou Barbie (Sarah Palin, of course) on Fox News:
is a very big part of my life. And putting my life in my creator's hands – this
is what I always do. I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me
somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open
door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked up a little bit,
maybe I'll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it,
but don't let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in (20)12 or
four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my
family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow
through that door.
Let me start off by
saying, I don't really care about anyone's personal religious beliefs,
especially those of politicians. I don't have a problem if they pray silently
before every Cabinet meeting, or they ask God for guidance on an issue that
I just want them to
keep it to themselves.It's none of my business, no matter what they do for a living.
Religion and faith are very personal activities. Even when you go to church, it's still a personal
activity; you just happen to be sharing with like-minded people who are in
that church of their own free will. That has nothing in common with running the government. No matter how much they pretend it is, this country is not a church, and the president is not my pastor.
personal, and you have to understand that most people don't believe the same
way you do when it comes to God. I know; for the last 40 years, the neocons
have been trying to lump all "Christians" into one group, and tell
you you're in "the majority," but the fact of the matter is, there
are hundreds of Christian sects, and every one of them believes something
different about God and Jesus Christ. For example, you Catholics and Mormons
out there; did you know that quite a few of the other Christian sects refer to
you as "cultists"? And you evangelicals and fundamentalists; were you
aware that most other Christians think you're loons?
In other words,
there are many good reasons why the founders consciously chose to remove
religion and faith from the secular government. One of the most obvious is,
whose God do we choose? I mean, right now, "Christians" are the
majority, and a large chunk of them are trying to disregard the separation, and
impose their will on the rest of us, with the evangelicals insinuating that
this is a "Christian Nation." Well, okay evangelicals; what happens when immigration causes
Christians to become a minority? What if, fifty years from now, the majority
becomes Muslim? Are you willing to sit back and watch passively as they impose
Muslim law on the country? Not likely.
politics have to stay separate.
Now, I suppose
you're wondering what this has to do with Caribou Barbie's comments above.
It's not the
comments above; it's the mindset they contain, and the inappropriateness of
that mindset in the political realm. So what — God will decide whether or not
the door opens, but you decide whether to take it? Haven't we had enough of
this crap? Ask God for wisdom and courage to do the right thing, if you want,
but don't assume God makes all of your decisions.
Haven't we had
enough of presidents and other leaders who blame God for their screw-ups? We're
just now getting rid of a president who swears that God told him to invade
another country for oil, and who claims a heavy Christian faith, yet does
everything he can to undermine Christ's instructions to his followers.
But there's an even
more pressing reason why it needs to stop.
When people like
Sarah Palin invoke God, there is a
cynical reason for it, and it needs to stop. Right wingers invoke the name of
God for a simple reason; it cuts off debate. Most people who believe are scared
to death to question God in any way, so by habitually invoking the name of God,
right wingers are attempting to limit counter argument. Who can argue with God,
right? When Sarah Palin decides to run for president in 2012, it will be
because God told her to; therefore, pretty much everything she will do, will
have that "God veneer" that the rest of us will not be allowed to
Well, to hell with
that; we have to start questioning it.
If these people are going to keep invoking God and Jesus as an
inspiration, shouldn't we hold them up to at least a minimal standard of
behavior as a result? Apparently, there's a large part of the electorate just
stupid enough to believe that Caribou Barbie is a woman of deep faith, and it
makes certain people feel all warm and fuzzy inside, just because she says
But where's the
evidence that what she says is true? If "faith" is a big part of her
life, as she says, and that she will plow through a door if God opens it for
her, what aspect of her faith instructed her to
suggest to her audience that Barack Obama "palled around with
terrorists"? What part of her "faith" told her to run around the
country and tell everyone that Obama was a commie pinko, who wanted to take
their money, even though none of it was true?
What part of her faith told her to pass judgment on William Ayers, who
has been a pillar of his community for at least the last 25-30 years, and
Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who has been a respected clergyman since before she
was Miss Wasilla, to the point that she was equating them with Osama bin Laden?
I'm sick of this
crap, folks. If Sarah Palin knew anything about her professed faith, she would
know that humility in your faith is a cornerstone, and she would resist the
urge to brag to everyone about what a great "woman of faith" she is.
But more than that, saying you're a 'woman of faith" does not make you
one. In order to make the claim, you have to back it up with action, and little
in her public life in any way supports her claim to immense faith.
politics don't mix, especially because the most vocal religious people tend not
to practice their faith to any great degree. Have you ever noticed that people
who rarely talk about their faith openly, are usually those politicians who do
the most to help the poor and downtrodden, while those who are most vocal about
their supposed "faith" are usually the first to kick the poor and
infirmed when they're down, and have the least moral backbone imaginable?
The one president
who wielded his professed "born again" Christian faith every chance
he got actually claimed God told him to invade Iraq. He claimed that God told
him to limit stem cell research, and thus reduce the possibility to find cures
for diseases. He then proceeded to veto an expansion of children's health care,
reduce educational opportunities for people with limited incomes, cut
assistance to the poor, and burden a health care system for the elderly, by
tacking on a prescription drug plan that was so flawed as to make it unworkable
over the long haul. And what is "Christ-like" about the continued
treatment of the people of New Orleans?
Now, if someone
wants to claim he's a Christian and then do all of this, hey — that's his
prerogative as a politician. But why
doesn't anyone point out that his claims of being Christian are somewhat empty,
if everything he does goes against the teachings of Christ?
Enough of this crap.
It doesn't matter what a politician believes that matters; what matters is what
the politician does. And if we remove religion from the public discourse, then
we can assess the actions by themselves, and their effect on society, and not
through a "faith prism."
If we have any
respect for either religion or politics, we would never mix them, ever.
Politicians have to be held accountable for their actions, not passing off
their accountability to God, or whomever.
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