Monday, September 8, 2008
Jesus is coming, look busy
There is little more frightening to me than a powerful public official who is ruled by his/her communication with god first, and who uses reason and common sense as a secondary resource.
It's one of the reasons George Bush has been such a terror. After all, wasn't it Jesus who told him to invade Iraq?
And it seems as if Sarah Palin feels that the war in Iraq is a "task from God," as she proclaimed from the pulpit of her former church in Wasilla.
Wasn't our entire American revolution about throwing off the yoke of tyranny imposed by a king who claimed a divine right as monarch?
Where exactly is the outrage that was leveled at Barack Obama, and his pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright? Sarah Palin not only attended a church with outrageous beliefs about witchcraft, the coming of the final days, creationism, and the invocation of the "holy spirit," but she has proclaimed that her mission has been shaped by her church experience. And her pastor is (and my apologies to anyone with actual mental health issues) a certified nutcase.
Sample any portion of this video and see if you don't agree:
Some early alternative journalism work is linking Palin, and her church with the Third Wave movement, which promotes domination of the world by an army of Christian apostles (Bruce Wilson's alleged "documentary" is a messy pastiche of horrifying christian rituals, which doesn't prove a damned thing other than some Christian sects are so demented as to pass the holy ghost via cellphone - "Can you hear me now?"). And while the evidence that Palin herself is a Dominionist, isn't exactly clear, what is clear is that she's been close to the center of a movement, that given Homeland Security definitions, might be considered a terrorist organization.
I think anyone has the right to believe whatever fairytale they want to believe, without interference from the government, as long as they aren't hurting anyone else.
But I don't want someone making decision about me, my family, my community, my government and my country, who doesn't have the good sense to tell their Jesus to mind his own business when it comes to making policy.