Thursday, September 25, 2008

Yes, American democracy has come to this

Max Blumenthal reports on The Witch Hunter Anoints Sarah Palin Huffington Post 09/24/09. And, may Apollo have mercy on us, he's not using "witch hunter" in a figurative sense. In the Republican Party, the inmates are running the asylum. Blumenthal writes:

Behind the Christian right's enthusiasm for Palin's conservative credentials is a visceral sense that that she has come from them, not to them. Some right-wing evangelicals even believe she has messianic potential. As former Christian Broadcasting Network vice president Jim Bramlett wrote, "Sarah is that standard God has raised up to stop the flood. She has the anointing."

The Christian right's analysis is accurate to a certain degree. While Palin may not be The One, she is certainly one of them. Her social policy views, from her rejection of scientific evidence on global warming to her opposition to publicly funding emergency contraception for rape victims, are explicitly influenced by the sectarian theology she has subscribed to since she was a teenager. There is no better evidence of the depth of Palin's radical convictions than her startling encounter with the witch-hunter, Bishop Muthee.
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