Thursday, September 11, 2008

Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.

Wendy Doniger wrote in Washington Post Belief in god, like getting pregnant, is a private matter between consenting adults
Are children not allowed to believe in God in Wendy's world?
(or one consenting adult and one or more deities) and is no one else's business.
Practically every religion I am familiar with encourages its members to spread the faith. In Christianity it is spread by preaching. In Islam it is spread by force.
I am on record in this blog (and have not budged an inch) as not objecting to any candidate's religious views.
But you will belittle their views, as you have in this article.
But I object strongly when anyone (and especially anyone with political power) tries to take their theology out in public, to inflict those private religious (or sexual) views on other people.
What constitutes "inflict". If someone threatens to cut your head off if you do not embrace his religion, I will agree with you. But if someone prays for something to happen or not happen, that is fine with me. And if God chooses to answer that prayer, even if it is not something I would have wanted to happen, I am prepared to live with it.
In both sex and religion (which combine in the debates about abortion), Sarah Palin's views make me fear that the Republican party has finally lost its mind.
As for sex, the hypocrisy of her outing her pregnant daughter in front of millions of people, hard on the heels of her concealing her own pregnancy
She concealed her own pregnacy because she knew her baby had Down Syndrome, and did not want to have to put up with people telling her to abort it.
(her faith in abstinence applying, apparently, only to non-Palins),
I am sure that she wishes her daughter had not gotten pregnant, but since she did, I am happy she will marry the father and have the child.
is nicely balanced by her hypocrisy in gushing with loving support of her teenage daughter after using a line-item veto to cut funding for a transitional home for teenage mothers in Alaska.
Maybe she has other plans for where her daughter and the new husband will live.
Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.
Precisely what is your definition of a woman? I think she meets any definition I know of. She clearly has a womb, and it has been used five times. And she wears lipstick (we'v been hearing a lot about that recently).
The Republican party's cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!)
Is driving your children to school something mothers are not supposed to do?
she speaks for the women of America,
Did she ever claim to speak for all women in America?
and will capture their hearts and their votes,
This is what has the left so frightened about.
has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.
How do you know she has no sympathy for them. Just because she does not want to subject them to the same solutions she does, does not mean she does not have sympathy for them, and want to help them.
And as for religion, I'd love to know precisely how the Good Lord conveyed to her so clearly his intention to destroy the environment (global warming, she thinks, is not the work of human hands, so it must be the work of You Know Who),
Maybe she is right. God destroyed the world once, with water (remember Noah and the Flood), and the next time is supposed to be with fire.
the lives of untold thousands of soldiers and innocent bystanders (He is apparently rooting for this, too, she says),
Maybe she means He would prefer a civilization in which people did not fly planes into buildings, killing thousands, or blowing themselves up to kill tens or hundreds.
and, incidentally, a lot of polar bears and wolves, not to mention all the people who will be shot with the guns that she thinks other people ought to have. An even wider and more sinister will to impose her religious views on other people surfaced in her determination to legislate
She is running for VP, not th legislature.
against abortion even in cases of rape
Even if Roe v Wade was reversed, it would just turn things over to the states, and most abortions take place in Blue States, where it would still be legal.
and in her attempts to ban books,
All she did was ask a libraria what her thoughts were.
including books on evolution, and to fire the librarian who stood against her.
The librarian never lost her job, even though she was a political appointee and could have legally been fired.

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