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Michael Rulle Weighs in on the Fiery Debate Caused by His Sarah Palin Essay

October 25, 2009
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When I highlighted Swemson’s comment on Michael Rulle’s recent essay on Sarah Palin I did not expect that we’d quickly have one of NewsReal’s hottest debates in ages — 182 comments thus far.
Now the author whose post originally started the debate weighs in:
2009 October 25

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Well this thread proves one thing, Sarah Palin creates a lot of emotion. So I may as well jump in to. The premise of the Swemson argument is incorrect, I believe. While Sarah P is self-evidently a religious person, it is a gross exageration to imply she “threw her religious and moral beliefs” into people’s faces. The opposite is clearly true. That is, she was mocked for not aborting a down syndrome baby, for having the audacity to support her 18 year old daughter for getting pregnant out of wedlock, and for supporting the same views as all other candidates about gay marriage.

But what explicit policies has she proposed that should scare all the religo-phobes that seem so prominent in public discourse these days? In her own state, she supported the rights of gays to civil unions to receive the same benefits as married couples. While I have not heard her say it, I bet she would permit holiday symbols on state property — boy that sure would be scary! Oh yeah, and she opposes late term abortions — like 75% of all americans.

She might have said something about “intelligent design” – another scary thought. We live in a Universe whose existence is so old that 99.99999% of all “time” occurred before man– “homo-sapien” – even appeared on this earth 100,000 years ago. We know so little about our origins — as the Hubble data gathering satellites continue to demonstrate —  a little humility about our roots seems reasonable to me.  She is also for abstinence before marriage–at least for young people. Oooh, scary.

But what laws has she proposed– except for late term abortions perhaps —that should get the relgio-phobes so incensed? Her dominant philosophy is to not have the government encourage social engineering experiments and moral indoctrination in schools. Swemson has it quite backwards.

I have a hard time finding anything to disagree with in Michael’s comment.

Editor’s Note: Visit Michael Rulle’s Blog Here. See his previous NewsReal commentaries here.

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7 Comments
  1. October 26, 2009 3:18 pm

    There’s something about Christian beliefs and practices that set some people off. Liberals, Libertarians, atheists, and assorted ACLU types mostly. In some cases it’s just plain old bigotry, but I don’t think that’s a complete explanation. I know a lot of liberals have a fear of Christians turning the U.S. in some kind of theocracy. I also think that people with deep moral convictions rub some people the wrong way. Palin sure does push some buttons.

  2. victor permalink
    October 26, 2009 4:07 pm

    The less Palin is discussed, the better for Conservatives. She could never get elected to anything anymore and we are wasting time instead of backing a candidate that doesn’t carry all her baggage. There still has not been a reasonable explanation as to why she quit her job. She was elected and agreed to a 4 year term, not a 2 1/2 year term. There are a high percentage of independents that would shun her. She is polarizing, just like Hillary. You either love her or hate her and we need someone at the top that doesn’t have a hate factor, such as Huckabee or one of the newer stars.

    • Gareeth permalink
      October 27, 2009 8:56 am

      I like Huckabee. But, he is just not as powerful as the Palin factor. She is Obama’s Achille’s heel. She cleaned his clock with the RNC speech. It was gangbusters right after that. The ONLY thing that saved him was a crashed economy. Without that, he would be just another candidate on the trash heap of history. They saw her allure, her appeal and her power. It scared them. They are still scared. It defies explanation why they are still gunning for her. She is out of power. She holds no office. Yet they are still loaded for bear and relentlessly trying to destroy her. Why would they feel a need to do this? She is essentially a private citizen – a nobody with no money and no power. So what is it that keeps them coming back to kill the carcass? It’s because of her ability to stand toe to toe with the Obama charisma and diminish it with a simple speech.

  3. October 26, 2009 4:44 pm

    What most religiophobes fear is Christianity…not Muslims, not Buddhism, not Confucianism, not any other religion. Why? Because our Nation, was founded on Christianity, and fueled by Christianity. Although the liberals and PC crowd will never ever admit it, TRUE history will bear witness to this fact. I will be the first to admit that there are “fringe elements” in Christianity, but even atheists can spot the difference in a “true believer” and one of the “fringe elements”. They fear Christianity because its real leader is a BOOK (called the Bible) that flies in the face of most ‘accepted’ lifestyles, and even dares to call it SIN!! For 2000 years, this BOOK has been vilified, burned, denied, and outlawed, yet, you could easier stand on this earth and reach your hand into the Heavens and pluck the stars from the skies, than do away with one page.

    • Nash permalink
      October 27, 2009 8:47 am

      Awesome post hijinx! So agree. It would be easier to pluck the stars from the heavens than to do away with one page! And that is precisely what scares them. This book is powerful.

  4. The Inquisitor permalink
    October 27, 2009 7:01 am

    What if Sarah Palin had no religious beliefs whatsoever. Does anyone actually believe that her enemies are so incompetent that they couldn’t dredge up something to smear her with?

  5. MaryAnn permalink
    October 27, 2009 7:45 am

    The real leader of Christianity is Jesus Christ, which is the only reason even one page of the book will not be done away with. I think the real reason for such virulent anti-Christian sentiment stems from the fact that people who hold these views want to be God themselves. It is the ultimate sin of pride which caused the fall of man and created for man and the world our divided hearts. As St.Augustine famously said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”
    The persistant call for Christians to keep expressions of their faith out of the public square is a call for us to stop being Christians. We cannot. As Christians, we are called to emulate Jesus Christ, and He certainly did not keep His faith a matter of private concern. We are called to bring Jesus to society and society to Jesus. Not through any government dictum, but through the example of our own lives touching the hearts and minds of others.

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