It's extremely rare that I agree with left-wing hack Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly -- even a little bit -- but this is one of those times. Most attacks on Sarah Palin from the left lack any real substance, and are just part of a hysterical smear campaign that has been going on since she rose to national prominence. The majority of Palin's policy positions fall well within the GOP mainstream, and she did nothing in her short time in office to indicate that she's anything like the strawman built up by her enemies. But her recent remarks are disturbing.
I beg you, Women of Joy, to bring light and be involved, loving America and praying for her. Really, it is our solemn duty. Praying for true spiritual awakening to overcome deterioration. That is where God wants us to be. Lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our Founding Fathers, they were believers. And George Washington, he saw faith in God as basic to life.Here's Benen,
far less amusing is the fact that Palin and others of her radical ilk reject any notion that "God should be separated from the state." It's the 21st century, for crying out loud. There are some countries that endorse Palin's worldview and intermix God and government -- Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan under Taliban rule come to mind -- but they're generally not countries the United States tries to emulate.Palin obviously doesn't have the same worldview as Iranian mullahs, etc., but even filtering out Benen's typical leftist smears, he has a point. Separation of church and state is a founding principle of America and not something we should look to tear down. The fusion of God and government is not a positive aspiration. And it doesn't sound like Palin is just talking about retaining ceremonial deism. She has apparently bought into the whole "Christian nation" idea, with her talk of returning to our "Christian roots." Despite the political separation of church and state, the U.S. was once a overwhelmingly Christian nation, with the vast majority identifying as Christian. But it is no longer. Depending on what poll you choose to go by, around 20%+ of the country does not identify as Christian -- that's tens of millions of U.S. citizens. We aren't leaving. If anything, the country is slowly growing less Christian by the day. Talking about returning to Christian roots in a country where large numbers are not Christians is stupid and exclusionary. Sarah Palin gives ammunition to those who try to tie the Republican party to Christian extremists, and talk about the "theocratic wing of the GOP."
Our country isn't based on religion, and its establishment is specifically prohibited by the Constitution, a document drafted by the same founders people such as Sarah Palin like to quote-mine, in order to pretend that they really didn't want separation of church and state. It sounds like Palin has little understanding about the actual views of the founders.
Having said all that, I don't want to make too much of this situation. Palin was speaking to a religious audience and some of her remarks can probably be written off as just pandering to the crowd that thinks more religion & prayer is the answer to our problems, and that the U.S. has lost its way, and needs to get back to being a God-fearing nation. Still, the more I see and hear of Sarah Palin, the more I hope she is never again a GOP nominee for the presidency or vice presidency.