Palins’ divorce: People should ‘mourn and pray’

Palins’ divorce: People should ‘mourn and pray’ September 10, 2019

ARDENT ‘family values’ advocate Sarah Palin’s recently announced divorce has opened a floodgate of snarky comments on social media, somethings that upsets

He wrote:

The correct response is to mourn the tragic undoing of what was intended to last forever. The marriage bond is sacred — a covenantal decision made before God and meant to last until death — so its dissolution should evoke heartbreak, not hatred.

Unfortunately, for many, it prompted the latter rather than the former.

One user, Alex Cole, wrote in a new viral post: ‘Sarah Palin never hesitated telling others how they should live. Now look at her, can’t keep her own family together.

He went on to call Palin and other Christians ‘hypocrites’ for preaching family values but failing so often to live them out.

While conceding that Cole was certainly right in his assessment that Palin is a hypocrite, 

He actually didn’t go far enough. Based on my understanding of Scripture, there’s not a human being on this earth who isn’t a hypocrite to one degree or another.

Every human being is a hypocrite – it just comes with the territory. Thank God, though, our hypocrisy isn’t the end of the story.

The correct response to the Palins’ situation is to mourn and to pray, to learn and to extend grace.

Palin, Alaska’s former Governor whose daughter Bristol TWICE got knocked up out of wedlock, was never one to extend grace to anyone who didn’t share her idiotic religious and political views. Or her bigotry, especially towards LGBT communities.

Or endangered species.

The Center for Biological Diversity awarded Palin the 2008 Rubber Dodo Award for fighting Kempthorne’s designation of the polar bear as a threatened species.

Image courtesy of The Center for Biological Diversity

Said Kieran Suckling, Executive Director of the Center:

Governor Palin has waged a deceptive, dangerous, and costly battle against the polar bear. Her position on global warming is so extreme, she makes Dick Cheney look like an Al Gore devotee.

The Palins’ godly family image suffered another blow when their oldest son Track was arrested on domestic violence charges for the THIRD time in about three years.

So if people are mocking Palin, they have very good reason to so. Fuck mourning and prayers!

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  • john levin

    Is youngest son Trig in trigonometry class yet?

  • ephemerol

    IOW, “There’s very fine hypocrites on both sides. On both sides.

  • guerillasurgeon

    Schadenfreude rules! I can’t help it, I love it when people like Palin are exposed as hypocrites. I only wish it had some practical effect on their lives.

  • Jonathan Smythe

    That’s not Sarah Palin at the top of this page; it’s Tina Fey.

  • Barry Duke

    Yep. Sorry for the blunder. Now corrected.

  • Dave Maier

    How about his sister Sohcahtoa?

  • RainbowPhoenix

    I always understood “judge not lest ye be judged” to mean that you will be judged by the standard with which you judge others, and that is exactly what people are doing to Palin.

  • Carstonio

    I do not like Palin at all. I regard her as a dangerous demagogue, like a prototype for Laura Ingraham.

    But on her divorce, I’m a contrarian – I would call her a hypocrite only if she were leaving Todd and not the other way around. Evangelicals have long had a double standard with divorce, calling the woman selfish if she wants out. What they really mean is that the woman is defying the man’s authority.

  • WallofSleep

    “Every human being is a hypocrite…”

    But not every human claims to have an objective morality that comes from a divine source, nor do they use such to claim some moral high ground from which they are superior to others and therefore should be allowed to dictate how others live their lives.

    So you fail Tré. You fail hard.

  • WallofSleep

    I interpreted it that way as well.

  • Jim Jones

    So even Todd found her too crazy to deal with?

  • Jim Jones


  • Jonathan Smythe

    Not a problem at all. My comment was just an FYI. Tina is always preferable to Sarah. Todd probably agrees with me.

  • Barry Duke

    Yep. Her other sprogs are Track (as mentioned), Willow, Piper and Trig Paxson Van Palin:

  • barriejohn

    Yeah – it’s akin to the “atheists behave like this as well” argument.

  • barriejohn

    I agree with you. And I can just hear Christian “friends” of mine going on about how, if she had kept to Biblical teaching and concentrated on looking after the home and raising her family, and not “got above” her husband with a high powered career, the marriage would not have ended on the rocks. I’ve heard it all many times!

  • ephemerol

    I am Sam
    Sam I am
    Do you like Red Sarah Palin?

    I do not like her, Sam-I-am.
    I do not like Red Sarah Palin.

    Would you like her here or there?

    I do not like her here or there.
    I do not like her anywhere.
    I do not like Red Sarah Palin.
    I do not like her, Sam-I-am.

    Would you like her in the House?
    Would you like her in the Senate?

    I would not like her in the House.
    I would not like her in the Senate.
    I do not like her here or there.
    I do not like her anywhere.
    I do not like Red Sarah Palin.
    I do not like her, Sam-I-am.

    Would you vote for her in a box?
    Would vote for her with a fox?

    Not in a box.
    Not with a fox.
    Not for the House.
    Not for the Senate.
    I do not like her here or there.
    I do not like her anywhere.
    I do not like Red Sarah Palin.
    I do not like her, Sam-I-am.

    I will never like her, don’t you see?
    She stands for everything antithetical to me.
    I would not, could not, vote for her,
    Of that I am absolutely sure.
    I will never, ever like Red Sarah Palin,
    So buggеr off, Sam-I-am!

  • Carstonio

    Anyone who says “every human being is a hypocrite” really means “every human being except me.”

  • WallofSleep

    I know there are areas where I can be a hypocrite, and I imagine the same could be said of most people.

    But at the same time, unlike nearly every brand of religious believer out there, I do not set myself up as a moral authority who wants to use the force of gov’t to impose my beliefs on the private lives of others.

  • WallofSleep

    Precisely. Just another type of tu quoque fallacy.

  • Jim Jones

    “Vicar runs away with organist.” — UK

    What’s the count on that so far?

  • Jim Jones

    Does she have nice bristols?

  • Jim Jones

    Waiting for Sine and Cosign.

  • I also heard the more blunt version, “If you want to see a hypocrite, look in a mirror”.

  • last time I checked, “hatred” and “ridicule” were completely different things. This is probably one of those people who thinks we should “respect” our elders while really meaning “defer to.”

  • Carstonio

    Heh. I mean that people who express pessimism about human nature don’t apply it to themselves.

  • Broga

    The divorce is merely a symptom of her hypocrisy and general character flaws. She disgusts in her indifference to so much, her ignorance about the planet and her sick antagonism to saving endangered species.

  • persephone

    I’ve started following Simon Schama on twitter to try to keep up. It kind of takes my mind of the problems here in the U.S.

  • Ricardo Salinas

    Maybe you should not have let Bristol suck his dick?
    Just trying to be helpful here…

  • Mike Panic

    Instead of “mourn and pray”, smile and laugh works for me.

  • Vanity Unfair

    The current situation in UK politics is similar to quantum mechanics in that, reportedly according to Richard Feynman and/or Niels Bohr or a quantum superposition thereof, anybody who says they understand it, doesn’t. But if anybody can give it an historical perspective Schama is a good bet.
    I still do not know what twitter is. NB I don’t particularly want to know.

  • persephone

    I use twitter for my news feed. I follow some historians, some reporters, some politicians, and usually get a lot more info than what is put out by the mainstream media. The Guardian has a twitter account, so I see a few articles that way.

    But twitter can be extremely toxic. You learn to block regularly. Blocking is something I’ve done only rarely here, but I’ve blocked hundreds, maybe more, on twitter.

  • AmandaRoddy

    I don’t see them applying to Palin though but rather Hilary Clinton. They look past the ones they agree with, much like Trump and his now 3rd wife..

  • barriejohn

    I agree, and I’ve never understood the double standards, but I was referring to the Plymouth Brethren with whom I used to associate, who allowed no concessions. Our local church wouldn’t have any sort of women’s meetings – not even prayer meetings, let alone the “conferences” that some wanted – and women were only allowed to teach girls in the Sunday School (apart from Primary, which was mixed), and were not allowed to present an annual report themselves, but had to present a written version for the superintendent to read out on their behalf (so avoiding “usurping authority”). “Wider” meetings allowed more freedom to women, and one local assembly that was very popular with the “young people” (what a surprise) had a mixed singing group (considered pure entertainment in our church anyway, so strictly forbidden), and the female members had to wear a little net thing on their head, with feathers and sequins in, as a token “head covering”. Interestingly, when we were all bussed to Bath to attend the Eric Hutchings Crusade (he was nominally “Brethren”), his female soloist (Betty Lou Mills – a respected singer of whom some may have heard) wore a similar device. (The entertainment was reasonable; Hutchings dire.) The petty small-mindedness of these people is almost beyond belief. I remember a “leading elder” in the north of England boasting shortly before his death that although they had had colour slides at the church on the ever-popular Missionary Evenings, he had never allowed a moving image in the building! That’s the sort of mentality that you’re dealing with, sad to say.