But I feel like I'm standing here, saying "Use a condom!" and all you people are like, "Oh, but we love her, she's everything we ever dreamed of in a female Republican vice president, ooh-la-la!"
[Small aside to barf.]
So as I watch all you fundamental evangelicals fawn over Sarah Palin, it comes to mind that, not only do you come off with the impression that you just have no concept or clue as to who this Sarah Palin really is--you heard "anti-abortion" and you heard a clip of her mentioning a "God" somewhere, and your panties just became too moist for words.
You disgust me. But this isn't about me--I know, confusing, isn't it? Usually it is...
Flashback: Back in the Bible College Days (when men were men, women were subjugated, and children were to be indoctrinated, not heard...), one of the things we were "taught" (and I use that word here VERY loosely...) was that Pentacostals--those people who sing while waving their arms and speaking in jibber-jabber that they claimed were "tongues"--were being deluded by the devil, or at the very least were severely misguided, since every TRUE Christian knew that the gift of tongues had moved on with the death of Peter and Paul, and no self-respecting Christian would ever jibber-jabber in the name of Jesus if they were to be a good witness and testimony... Do you remember, my dear friends? Think back, waaaaayyyy back into the bowels of your mind, at good ol' ABC. Does this ring a bell?
Now, as stated earlier--I hate to ruin a party that everyone seems to be enjoying--but you know Sarah is a Pentecostal, don't you? Hello!!
A few years after this occurred in Corinth, the Book of Revelation was written out by the Apostle John on the Island of Patmos. Revelation ends saying that anyone who adds to its words will suffer from diseases and plagues; therefore, there can be no further revelation from God by visions, voices, tongues, or anything else. Thus, "tongues" that occurred in the church at Corinth would also have come to an end. From then until now, you shouldn't expect God to bring a message by these means or by any means other than what He has given us in the Bible. (Source: Notes from ABC)
And, just so you realize how "played" you are getting right now by McCain and Co. (as if they didn't know their "base" would have a problem with this...)
If Sarah Palin and John McCain win this November, she'd surpass John Ashcroft in terms of being the nation's most famous Pentecostal. She is a member of the Assemblies of God, one of the country's fastest-growing religious groups along with the Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons and Roman Catholics. (Source.)
Now, I'll be the first to admit--most of you are going to say "So what?" and proclaim something to the effect "Better a weird Christian than that Obama guy!"
For more than two decades, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was a practicing Pentecostal.
She belonged to the Wasilla Assembly of God church in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. But though she attended the church from her teenage years to 2002, the Alaska governor hasn't talked much about her religion since joining the Republican ticket.
[...] Some Pentecostals from Assembly of God also believe in "faith healing" and the "end times" -- a violent upheaval that they believe will deliver Jesus Christ's second coming.
"Our basic belief is that God is God and he knows where history is going and he has a purposeful plan and within the middle of that plan we live in an environment in our world where certain events would take place," says McGraw. "Sarah wasn't taught to look for one particular sign -- a cataclysmic sign. She knew as every Christian does ... that God is sovereign and he is in control."
The McCain campaign says the governor doesn't consider herself Pentecostal. McGraw says Palin's Pentecostal roots may be being downplayed for a reason [...] When asked by CNN about Palin's beliefs, campaign spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton would only say the Republican vice presidential candidate has "deep religious convictions." (Source.)
And I'd have to ask... Why? Because Obama supports a woman's right to choose? We know Palin doesn't--we've been there, done that. But did you know Sarah has also said, "I won't hesitate to answer those questions about what my personal views are, but I am not one to be out there preaching and forcing my views on anyone else."
Hmm... Not that I believe her... After all, why bother being in politics if it isn't to make the world just a little more like how you think it should be? But is this really the "Right-Wing Warrior" for Jesus you want? Someone who not only believes in past "spiritual gifts" that go against your basic fundamental Christian values, but that has openly said she won't force hers (and your wacko) beliefs on others?
Perhaps I'm missing something here, but you guys are so enamored, you aren't even really reading this, are you?
Granted, the Democrats lately have been in a rush to seem "religious" as well. The new Democratic slogan should be "Look! I can be a hypocrite too!" It disgusts me probably more than your average Democrat, but I realize I will most likely never get to vote for a popular candidate who actually says "I am an atheist." I have to pick my battles as you do yours, and since you seem so gung-ho for a McCain/Palin administration, I now have to wonder: What do they stand for (not "what doesn't Obama stand for") that makes you think they are the "right thing" for this country? Is it the fact that you want a government that tells you what you can and can't do in the bedroom? At the doctor's office? On a Sunday?
If there's one thing you Christian theocrats should learn, it's that a Christian-run government is the LAST thing you want--look at Islamic-run countries. You think that wouldn't happen here? Then you are even more naive than I gave you credit for.
Remember way back in the day when the Pilgrims came to America to escape religious persecution. I know revisionists like to call that the "birth" of religious freedom in America, but it wasn't. All they did was turn around, now that THEY were in charge, and start persecuting everyone who wasn't like them, be they the Natives, other immigrants to the country, what-have-you...
And I guarun-fucking-tee you that any Christian (or anyone with a high sense of "moral" issues) would do is start the ball rolling in the same direction.
Yes, our Founding Fathers may have believed in a god (and I also guarun-fucking-tee you it wasn't the god YOU believe in), but who cares if they believed in unicorns and rainbows! They set up a SECULAR GOVERNMENT for a reason--to PREVENT ANY TYPE OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION.
They lived under it. They know what you fundies are like when you get power.
And it ISN'T pretty...
Swap a few of those nouns (communists to atheists, social democrats to gays, and trade unionists to feminists, and "Baptists," "Pentecostals," or "Protestants" for Jews), and you have a fairly clear view of just how easy that slippery slope could happen. It only took Germany how many years to slip from a fairly free-ish society into the world's largest scourge...?
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
Put a truly fundamentalist Christian in charge of the sole remaining superpower (yes, even after Bush has run us into the ground with his ass-backwards policies and practices), and you'll see it isn't that far a leap at all, is it...
You like being a fundamentalist?
Then don't vote for one. Else you just may lose your right to be one.
And the rest of us liberals won't be around to speak up for you.
That'd almost be a shame...