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Sarah Palin: Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists

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There is a new high controversy, on Sarah Palin, over the weekend by saying “waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists” during a speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.

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She also added that liberals are hypocrites who are too weak to protect America.

Not only, had Ms. Palin called them “liberals.” In the speech, they were “clownish little ‘Kumbaya’-humming fairy-tale-inhaling liberals.” They’re the sort of folks that believe that a thin tin “No Gun Zone” sign will protect kids in schools, according to the former VP candidate.

Anger was occurring. However, the interesting thing about this reaction was that criticism came from several directions.

Martin Longman, Washington monthly’s “Political Animal” blog – the whole thing is an elaborate revenge upon Sen. John McCain (R), in which Palin knowingly says things that will make him cringe as payback for not supporting her enough after picking her as his running mate in 2008.

Senator McCain is a firm opponent of waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques. He’s the only presidential candidate that experienced torture, as the prisoner of war from America’s enemies.

“I have a theory that Sarah Palin has the intent to humiliate John McCain often as possible. Maybe it’s because McCain wouldn’t let her give her own concession speech,” Longman writes.

However, Palin got some feedback from conservatives who felt her comment was sacrilegious. Both left and right find it shocking in terms of reaction.

In the Christian catechism, baptism is a voluntary act that can point toward eternal life, writes Mollie Hemingway at the right-leaning site The Federalist. It's unlikely Palin thinks that is what waterboarding terror suspects can accomplish.

“Joking about baptism in the context of this aggressive action suggests that we don’t think baptism is a life-giving or important as it is,” Hemingway writes.

The uproar arises simultaneously with the publication of a long story in The Washington Post suggesting that Palin has become a diminished figure within the Republican Party, outshone among tea party conservatives by Sen. Ted Cruz (R) of Texas and other newly rising figures.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor


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