Dumb Religion: The End of Daze
At that event, she blended politics and religion in a way that makes church-state separatists cringe. In speaking about a natural gas pipeline for Alaska, she said: "I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built," she said. "So pray for that."
Smart people believe pipelines have more to do with lobbyists, money and political realities than they do with God. God may be in the details, but in pipelines?
In Time magazine's recent article "Does Sarah Palin Have a Pentecostal Problem?" Amy Sullivan says Pentecostalism is "characterized by a focus on the Holy Spirit and a belief in spiritual gifts, such as healing and speaking in tongues."
Such religious practice makes critical thinkers uncomfortable--even, reportedly, John McCain, despite the fact that he told Beliefnet.com that since America is a Christian nation, he'd prefer a Christian president. (Take that, Joe Lieberman.)
Palin seems to want to talk about Obama's connection to Rev. Wright. Does she want to discuss Kalnins too? The more she talks about her religion, her church and her belief in the End of Days, the more she's going to push away those snotty intellectuals.
Given my own views, when the Rapture comes, I'm sure I'll be swept away in some kind of Cormac McCarthy On the Road nightmare. The proto-civilians will laugh at my stupidity as they gnaw on my shin bones and sizzle my fingernails into mini potato chips over a fire.
So be it. Just so long as they're reading.