Monday, September 15, 2008

So it is a Crusade to some people

I don't need to spend much time on this to get my point across.

I caught this story on Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's belief that the war in Iraq is "a task that is from God." When war is described as "a task from God," it is a crusade, if you are Christian. It's a jihad if you're Muslim. Think about that.

Apparently she also asked voters to approve the proposed $30B Alaskan natural gas pipeline, citing that "God's will has to be done ... to get that gas line built." And how could you vote against God?

7 comments:

adspar said...

If you read or listen to the full context of the Iraq as a task from god quote, it comes across differently I think. It seems more like she's HOPING that the war is a good war, a "task from God." Not that she's positively identifying the war as a crusade. It is still very stupid, but, within the confines of the religious worldview it is more humble than the way it is reported.

Brice Lord said...

The full quote is as follows:

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan."

You can mince the words, sure. She's either praying FOR this task from God or praying THAT this task from God is being done rightly. Also, she could be praying that THIS war is one that is a task from God. Either which way you end up with the same implication.

Anonymous said...

I also am tired of americans getting excited about candidates that are "just like them" (sort of like that section in US Weekly--they go grocery shopping!). I want a candidate that is NOTHING like me. He or she should be smarter and more wordly (Palin got a passport in 2006!). Bush was average (if we're being generous) and look where that got us.

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