Sarah Palin and Her Newest Controversy!

Former Alaska Governor and candidate for Vice President Sarah Palin is once again making waves. This time for something she said during the annual NRA conference in Indianapolis, IN. What did she say that caused such a stir?

“Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

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The dispute over waterboarding and torture as an effective means to fight the war on terror is as long as the war itself. Throughout the Bush administration, the anti-war left constantly bemoaned the administration’s stance on “enhanced interrogation.” Once President Obama entered the Oval Office all of those concerns seemed to disappear…

Well, now they’re back. However, instead of focusing pressure on President Obama, Palin’s remarks will serve to remind voters that they think Republicans are the violent ones (even if Democrat policies seem to be exactly the same as Republican ones). The comment is unhelpful at best… it could be quite detrimental for some GOP candidates in November… and at worst the statement is downright sacrilegious.

No doubt there are many Republicans (and Democrats) who agree wholeheartedly with Palin’s comments – but that doesn’t make them right. Especially when connected to Christian morality and ethical practice.

For anyone to confess Christ as their savior and to compare one of the means of God’s grace to an act of torture is reprehensible. I hope members of Gov. Palin’s local church will explain to her why her remarks denigrate the Christian faith. Such remarks bring shame on the Body of Christ and to our witness in the world. Even more shameful, however, is the fact that so many Christians would cheer her support of torture (and yes, waterboarding is torture).

Gov. Palin was attempting to appeal to the basest political populism (nothing in her remarks could be construed as genuinely conservative) by claiming that current U.S. counterterrorism policy is  overly-tolerant and empathetic toward our enemies. She contends that proper policies would “put the fear of God into our enemies.”

Unfortunately, what Palin is proposing is a mixture of pagan ethics and civil deistic religion. She could have provided a more useful recommendation by supporting a Christian view, for on this issue in particular, Christian anthropology not only provides the correct view but the only one that can provide an adequate framework in which to form our conception of our “enemies.”

I love Sarah Palin, but this is one time I think she went too far…

What do you think? Were Sarah Palin’s comments out of bounds? Or is she right – should waterboarding become standard operating procedure in the war on terror? Leave a note and an explanation in the comments section. What should the conservative position on waterboarding be, and is connecting torture to Christianity sacrilege?



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