Palin’s tortured theology

Mrs. Palin just can’t seem to get things right. She apologizes when she shouldn’t, and remains silent when she should.

A few months ago, Palin called Pope Francis “liberal” (gasp!), and she was pilloried by the press. In a very PC minuet, she quickly spun and apologized. It was a joke. Pope Frank is influenced by Liberation Theology which is in fact Marxist, despite proclaiming, in a suspiciously timely fashion, that Marxist ideology is wrong.

Never mind the fact that one of his first papal actions was to invite Gustavo Gutierrez—father of Liberation Theology—to dine with him in Rome. Never mind the fact that the very “apostolic proclamation” in question calls “politics . . . one of the highest forms of charity,” and prays for “politicians” as well as “government leaders and financial leaders” who will “broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare.”

Government . . . charity . . . health care? Nah, not liberal at all.

Palin should have gone into attack mode and exposed the leftism inherent in the Roman Catholic Church’s forays into social theory. Instead, she caved.

Now she’s not only caving to PC pressures, but cheapening her own conservative evangelical tradition further than it has been. The latest is reported by The New American as “part of a long harangue about lily-livered liberals, delivered in such a way that makes Archie Bunker sound like Cicero.” She’s now being blasted from several angles for saying this:

Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.

Wow. No matter how bad Islam may be, what Christian would stoop so low as to cheapen and denigrate the faith in order to advocate torturing them? TNA’s comments are apropos:

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.

I agree, as the author goes on to say, that Palin and all those who ignorantly cheered her comments ought to be ashamed of themselves. What they really do in comments like this is to show, despite all their packed-out megachurches, swayin’ with the music, and lovin’ Jeeesus, how theologically shallow they are.

Repentance, not celebration, is in order.

Moreover, this is why the wedding between political conservatism and the religious right in general can be so dangerous: the political powers-that-be end up shaping the religious ethos and not vice versa. Waterboarding becomes a greater value that new birth and baptism: the prior becomes policy, the latter a mere useful metaphor for the policy.

Instead of the Bible shaping culture, culture begins contorting the meanings of biblical values. Instead of biblical law shaping policy, even the most controversial of policies has the power to metastasize into biblical values.

Our city on a hill is transformed into Palin Nation instead of Christian America.

I never bought into the Palin hype or myth. But this latest nonsense is indicative of the deep sickness in the heart of American conservatism. Unhinged from biblical law, and indeed frightful of it, it has produced little but thoughtlessness and tyranny. This is the long-term result of the religious right running from the most important distinctive of Christian Reconstruction for forty years.

It’s so bad that Evangelicalism ends up bowing to a liberal Pope and praising torture. What’s next for Palin Nation?

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