ZOMG!!11!! The woman is a menace. She is one step away from forming her own army of Christian crusaders, with the plan of cutting a swath of death and destruction from here to Mecca. Run for the hills, hide the children!
This, man’s words, however:
…are perfectly unobjectionable. How dare righties question this man of honor and integrity. How dare they take his words out of context.
According to the AP:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a “task that is from God.”…
“Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” she said. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God’s plan.”
Allahpundit is quick to point out that the AP leaves out a crucial part of the sentence:
“Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she exhorted the congregants. “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.”
What’s missing from the AP’s version? Right — the beginning of what she said, the part that makes clear she’s not asserting that we’re doing God’s will but simply praying that we are. It’s the difference between me saying “McCain will win” and “I pray McCain will win.” The first is an assertion of fact/secret knowledge, the second is an expression of desire/hope. The AP actually stoops to picking up the quote mid-sentence to make it better fit the stereotype of the holy-roller yokel claiming divine inspiration for Bush’s Crusade.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with what Sarah Palin said in that church. In fact, it is quite standard to hear calls to prayer in churches for our leaders to make the right decisions, especially in times of war.
Barack Obama sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years, and heard sermons like the ones in that second clip…but for some reason it’s unfair to bring that up.
No, let’s all pound on Sarah Palin for praying for our soldiers, and asking God to help our leaders do what’s right.
That is just crazy.