April 30, 2014

Conservative Christians are turning on Sarah Palin, accusing her of blasphemy after the Tea Party darling said “Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists” while speaking at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention earlier this week.

The former vice presidential nominee and half-term governor of Alaska told a packed house of cheering, gun loving, conservative Americans that “If I was in charge, they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

While the NRA crowd loved Palin’s obnoxious rhetoric, not all Christian conservatives were happy about Palin “portraying Christianity as a religion of hatred and violence.”

Raw Story reports that by Tuesday, the group Faithful America had already reached its goal of 15,000 signatures on a petition condemning Palin for the remarks.

The petition reads:

For Christians, torture is not a joke or a political punchline, but a ghastly reminder of the suffering of Jesus upon the cross. By equating it with Holy Baptism — the act by which we are united with Christ in his death and resurrection — Sarah Palin is blasphemously twisting our faith into a weapon of hatred and violence. No media outlet should cover her remarks without reporting on how sincere Christians of all theological and political persuasions are appalled.

Indeed, many prominent Christian conservatives were not happy with Palin’s remarks. For example:

From Rod Dreher of the American Conservative:

OK, stop. Not only is this woman, putatively a Christian, praising torture, but she is comparing it to a holy sacrament of the Christian faith. It’s disgusting — but even more disgusting, those NRA members, many of whom are no doubt Christians, cheered wildly for her.

From Andrew Sullivan:

She (Palin) invokes torture in the context of a Christian sacrament. Not since the Nazis’ Deutsche Christen have we seen something so disgusting and blasphemous in the morphing of Christianity into its polar opposite.

Most secular Americans recognized long ago that Palin is a political monster, a prominent clown in the right wing hate machine. It is interesting to note that now some conservative Christians are coming to a similar conclusion.

As for blasphemy – blasphemy is a victimless crime, a silly charge made by those deluded by religious superstitions. Palin’s crime here is not blasphemy, Palin’s crime here is a callous and cavalier endorsement of torture.

Sarah Palin equates torture with baptism
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