Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Palin Christian heritage declaration misquotes, misrepresents

Last year, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declared "Christian Heritage Week" in Alaska from October 21-27, 2007, with a proclamation that misquoted and misrepresented various Founding Fathers, at least two of whom would have opposed just such a proclamation (Jefferson and Madison).

Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars steps through her proclamation and corrects the misinformation.


tom said...

Andrew Sullivan had these up as well:

Justifying her position on the Alaskan pipeline:
"I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that."

On Iraq:
for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan.

On the Pledge:
Q: Are you offended by the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?
PALIN: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.

I can't imagine that this is going to help McCain's numbers with independents.

Jim Lippard said...

I think what looks like the most accurate assessment of Palin's views and actions as Mayor of Wasilla and Governor of Alaska is this one from Wasilla resident (a Democrat) Anne Kilkenny.

Hume's Ghost said...

Palin must obviously also believe in ghosts who sometimes possess the living, given that the founders were all dead when the Pledge was written and that it wasn't until another half-century or so that the phrase "under God" made it in.

tom said...

Right. I was going to point out the parallel with the old line "If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for me", but the guy at Dispatches beat me too it.