Will somebody bury the Thing that Used to be Conservatism? It’s really starting to stink.
She also derided those who she said place an emphasis on political correctness in handling the country’s adversaries “instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies.”
She said later in her address that if “I were in charge” — a line that drew applause from the crowd — “they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”
If this is what being “prolife” means now, then the hell with it. I’ll take a real prolife movement any day. And the blasphemy of the sacrament of baptism really sells that whole God’s Party thang in a special way.
An excuse offered for this is that Palin (who’s not Catholic) doesn’t believe baptism is a sacrament–just as though this would help. She doesn’t believe crucifixes are sacramentals either. But I bet no Catholic would bend over backward to make excuses for a secularist if she brandished a photo of “Piss Christ” for laughs. This is worse than “Piss Christ”, which only insulted an image of Christ, whereas she insults a sacrament in which he is present, in order to justify torturing a human being made in his image and likeness. This sort of talk should be radioactive and nothing but radioactive among all Catholics. There should be no excuse for it whatsoever, only a call for repentance and an offer of forgiveness.
Instead, the scandalous fact is, support for torture is highest among the most devout Catholics and the Evangelicals they foolishly take their marching orders from. Catholics are supposed to lead, not follow here. As long as conservative doctrine controls Catholic thinking rather than vice versa, the opinion makers and pied pipers in right wing leadership are not “natural allies.” Rather, we are natural suckers and dupes of a doctrine that is deeply corrupt and profoundly opposed to the Church’s teaching–at least as far as torture is concerned.
Almost nobody in my readership hears a Nancy Pelosi pontificate on Augustine’s supposed support for abortion and blathers, “Hear her out. She’s making a lot of sense.” So I don’t have to waste much energy telling any reader here that such nonsense is poison to be avoided for the same reason I don’t spend much time pointing out water is wet. But when a Palin stands up and spews this blasphemy, I can nearly always count on quite a number of Catholics who ought to know better cheering for it and telling me that I support terrorism if I reject her rhetoric as the blasphemous filth and mortal sin it is. To them I say, “The kisses of an enemy are profuse, but faithful are the wounds of a friend. Stop giving this filthy blasphemy a place in your thoughts.”
Do not be mismated with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will live in them and move among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore come out from them,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch nothing unclean;
then I will welcome you, 18 and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Co 6:14–18