Palin: ‘Pray That’ Our Leaders Are Sending Our Troops to Iraq ‘On a Task From God’

It hasn’t been easy to find anything about Sarah Palin’s positions on foreign policy issues, but this clip from a speech to her church gives a clue:

“Pray for our military. He [Palin’s son] is going to be deployed in September to Iraq – pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right for this country – that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God, that’s what he have to make sure we are praying for, that there is a plan and that it is God’s plan.” (about 6 min into the clip)

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  • David Knapp

    Taken together, these comments show why America scares the hell out of everybody. Those few of you who’re willing to see what Palin was actually doing–telling folks to beg God’s blessing on Mr. Bush’s misbegotten war–have a weakness for baiting the majority that guarantees they won’t listen. One could get the feeling you wouldn’t enjoy being right if everybody else didn’t carry on being wrong.

    The rest of you seem unable to accept that lots and lots of people (in America, anyway) deeply believe in a personal God, and that America is the country that listens closest to, and best pleases, Him. You want to believe Sarah Palin’s just putting words in the mouth of straw God. Because nobody who disagrees with you could be sincere? Because it’s more important to keep screaming “Christians are loonies!” than to hew to the truth? Or because political life in America has degenerated into a game of trying to crap on your opponents’ heads where nothing else counts?

    Anybody who’s spent much time with believers can see Palin really _is_ telling people to pray. She believes God will take as big a role in running America as we give Him. To me, that’s an enormous stretch, putting it very mildly. But Palin and folks like her are our neighbors and fellow-countrymen, and as you might have noticed in the last few elections, they vote their beliefs.

    I would love to be able to make them think like me. (God, if any, is unknowable. You become what you have done, and most surely will not be redeemed for what you merely believe. When you die, you’re dead forever. Killing people because you think they might be up to something bad is terribly wrong. If you want to know how the world works and where it came from, look at the world, not old books. And so on.) I believe this is a much better way of looking at the world than the Christian way, for me and for all the people I’m not blowing up.

    But I can’t change what Christians believe, and it looks like I’m going to have to continue sharing the world with hundreds of millions of them. Ridiculing them isn’t going to make anything better. Deliberately distorting what they say or believe, as that A.P. report and so many of you here have done, seems more likely to get them all out to vote for McCain than anything else.

    NEWS FLASH! Computers these days come with spelling checkers and dictionaries. Writing like an illiterate doesn’t add zing to your post.