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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sarah Palin Religious Zealot?

Let's do a thought experiment and pretend that the likes of the Daily Kos and the current crop of MSM were around while some of our leaders of yester year were around. Let's just do a thought experiment about how the Kossacks and their MSM allies would have responded to some of these statements.

The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party - and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose


Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes


My friends, no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of the Divine Being who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him who can go with me, and remain with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell

Can you imagine how the current crop of liberal media acolytes would have responded to a President linking a war to the hand of God the way in which Abraham Lincoln did? He would have been referred to as a religious zealot immediately.

Now, let's look at how some of our founding fathers would have been referred to by the same folks.

John Adams

It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not

Patrick Henry

It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here

Samuel Adams

We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and with a propitious eye beholds his subjects assuming that freedom of thought, and dignity of self-direction which He bestowed on them. From the rising to the setting sun, may His kingdom come.

So, if the same media forces were around during the Revolutionary War, our founding fathers would also be branded as religious zealots.

What would the current media players call U.S. Grant when he made a holiday celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ a national holiday? So, I think it's clear that if the same media structure were always around most of our most influential would have then been painted as religious zealots. Here is an Associated Press story entitled "Palin: Iraq War is a Task From God"

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God."

In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it "God's will."

Palin asked the students to pray for the troops in Iraq, and noted that her eldest son, Track, was expected to be deployed there.

"Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God," she said. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."

So, let's put this in perspective. Sarah Palin, in the confines of a religious establishment, sees the hand of God during war time, much like Lincoln, Adams, and Patrick Henry, and the media sees this as implying some sort of religious zealotry.

Of course, that is only one story. Here is how the Miami Herald describes it. (H/T to Hot Air)

Sarah Palin often identifies herself simply as Christian.

Yet John McCain’s running mate has deep roots in Pentecostalism, a spirit-filled Christian tradition that is one of the fastest growing in the world. It’s often derided by outsiders and Bible-believers alike.

Palin was baptized Roman Catholic as a newborn. She was then baptized in a Pentecostal Assemblies of God church as a teen and attended that church until six years ago, when she and her family adopted a different home church, an independent evangelical church.

The nutroots are no different.

Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

"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," she exhorted the congregants. "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."

Religion, however, was not strictly a thread in Palin's foreign policy. It was part of her energy proposals as well. Just prior to discussing Iraq, Alaska's governor asked the audience to pray for another matter -- a $30 billion national gas pipeline project that she wanted built in the state. "I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she said.

So if you are a member of today's media elite, any politician that hopes that God watches over them as they make decision that affect millions, then that makes said politicians religious extremists. In fact, if a person of faith ever hopes that the hand of God guides any of their decisions, then to the media elite that makes that person a religious zealot. Well, frankly, Sarah Palin should wear the tag of extremist and zealot as a badge of honor because based on the current guidelines for entry into zealotry, the list would also include such folks as Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Grant, Samuel and John Adams, and Patrick Henry. Frankly, that is a fraternity I would like to be a part of as well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Be careful when reproducing quotes, there dangers lurking everywhere when dealing with the religion and government topic.
As I read the post I thought I was about to see it, and then I did,
The quote from Patrick Henry is not verifiable according to and the article they have which deals with this matter is interesting.