She’s Back November 19, 2009Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.
Tags: Juan Cole, religious fundamentalism, Sarah Palin
Since Sarah Palin is back in the news, it’s worth revisiting some golden oldies from last year.
Juan Cole shows how closely the beliefs of Sarah Palin resemble those of fundamentalist Islam.
On censorship, the teaching of creationism in schools, reproductive rights, attributing government policy to God’s will and climate change, Palin agrees with Hamas and Saudi Arabia rather than supporting tolerance and democratic precepts. What is the difference between Palin and a Muslim fundamentalist? Lipstick.
McCain pledged to work for peace based on “the transformative ideals on which we were founded.” Tolerance and democracy require freedom of speech and the press, but while mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Palin inquired of the local librarian how to go about banning books that some of her constituents thought contained inappropriate language. She tried to fire the librarian for defying her. Book banning is common to fundamentalisms around the world, and the mind-set Palin displayed did not differ from that of the Hamas minister of education in the Palestinian government who banned a book of Palestinian folk tales for its sexually explicit language.
And here is a wonderful review of Sarah Palin’s “book”:
Now we are faced with the daunting task of wrapping our minds around the Palin memoir Going Rogue, appearing atop a bestseller list near you. Millions of copies will be sold of a book written by someone who can’t write, intended for an audience that doesn’t read, about the thoughts of a person who doesn’t think. God is dead.
She is fun and she is scary.
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