Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A task that is from God

According to the AP, McCain Vice Presidential pick Sarah Palin considers America's campaign in Iraq to be a task endowed to us by the Lord.

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."
This utter irrationality is exactly where the Republican party is right now and it's enough to make you sick.

Update: Let's explore this a little more. Just what part of the war in Iraq has been a task from Palin's God? Would it have been the hunt for weapons of mass destruction? Would it be the effort to bring democracy to Iraq (an effort that I might add more or less guarantees that the Iraqis will one day vote themselves into the next Iran)? Would it be the billions of dollars spent rebuilding Iraq, because, well God wants us to pay to rebuild it? Would it be to kill some terrorists, but not exactly all of them?

Yes, please count me as someone who would really like to know what tasks Palin's God has in store for us, so at least I can know what my country is in for.

Update II: Here's the video:

Part I



Part II

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nick, thank you for your comments on the Palin disaster. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one out here who hasn't climbed on the Sar-rah-rah bandwagon. She may be "competent" in certain specific areas, but it is becoming increasingly obvious that her frightening religious fanaticism colors everything in her life. And this woman will be one melanoma away from the White House? This is quite literally a stunning setback.

z said...

This is obviously bad. However, I'm not sure Obama is any less religious than someone like her. Its all about the voters you're pandering to. Obama went to Jerusalem and prayed for God to make him an instrument of His will. I think the Left is about to tire of being labeled as anti-religious and in 12-16 years we'll see both sides having candidates invoking God as their guide and inspiration.

Nicholas Provenzo said...

> I think the Left is about to tire of being labeled as anti-religious and in 12-16 years we'll see both sides having candidates invoking God as their guide and inspiration.

I agree, only to add that I think the trend is moving much faster.

Myrhaf said...

I wrote on my blog, "40 years ago we would have associated such ideas with some inbred freak show in the south, complete with snakes and talking in tongues; today it's mainstream America, good enough for the Governor of Alaska."

Anonymous said...

She's hearing voices telling her what to do. Go figure. Oh, wait it's The Voice. Well, in that case ...

Ryan said...

> I think the Left is about to tire of being labeled as anti-religious and in 12-16 years we'll see both sides having candidates invoking God as their guide and inspiration.

>I agree, only to add that I think the trend is moving much faster.


I think the trend has been painfully obvious from the outset of the Democratic nomination process last year. I've never heard Democrats talk so much about "God" and religion. They all sound like George W. Bush. This all begs the question - do they honestly hold these beliefs and decided they needed to get them out there; or are they doing this to simply pander to a target audience? Which is worse?

Ed Cline said...

Great piece, Nick.

Just when you thought you'd heard enough about the Islamists' God-sanctioned jihad against the West, along comes Sarah, who, like President Bush, gets personal instructions from God on how to conduct foreign (and domestic) affairs. And neither the Islamic Allah nor Palin's, Bush's, or McCain's God is anything like Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Ed