Saturday, March 13, 2010

Did Sarah Palin Blaspheme?

Last week Sarah Palin, who has criticized Obama for using a teleprompter, defended her use of crib notes written on her palm by claiming god did it too. Her narcissism aside, her interpretation of Isaiah 49:16. is curious. Palin is clearly stating that her god is a small god who is so imperfect that he needs crib notes to remember which tribe he has sworn to protect. Now I’m no expert, but I do know that this passage is not about god’s memory at all. The sign on the palm is symbol of god’s support, a reference to the Jews' custom of marking their hands to represent their city and temple. Thus Palin defends her hypocrisy by cloaking herself in religion while revealing a deep ignorance of scriptural interpretation. I guess fundamentalists have a hard time understanding symbolism.

I have searched high and low for a sign that any one on the right, or any religious writers, pointed out these errors. Very curious, especially since practically anytime Obama mentions religion, someone criticizes him for it.

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