- Published on Sunday, 06 December 2009 00:33
- Written by John Draper
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I don't normally comment on the weird intrusion of religion into American politics but Evangelist Billy Graham has made a video of an interview with Sarah Palin and you have to see it to believe it. Now that although she ran for vice-president, she has since been discredited but many Americans still see her as a viable candidate for office. She no doubt speaks for many Americans.
And here she is, saying: "No one person has all the right answers. It takes a united nation, and it does take godly counsel, and it takes prayer and answers to prayer - and a collective humble heart of a nation seeking God's hand of protection and his blessings of prosperity." While we can agree with "No one person has all the right answers. It takes a united nation....", her comments about prayer make the U.S. seem not a whole lot different to many Muslim countries where the Mullahs run theocracies.
In Iran and Saudi Arabia, learned Muslim scholars regularly spout forth on how God will guide them and such things and no-one argues. (Well a few have but they died shortly after). In the U.S. I trust there will be many who will make sure her call to prayer goes nowhere - there will won't there? In Canada, Australia and the U.K., such talk would guarantee no chance at election to any public office. Yes we do have such people (e.g. Stockwell Day in the current Canadian Federal Government) but they keep their religious opinions very quiet. I thought the first amendment barred such talk - or at least barred anyone actually doing anything about her ideas. Shows you what I know about American politics.
See the video for yourself - Billy Graham is proud of it - it's on his YouTube page:
She seems to think that Americans and their politicians should pray to God for answers to questions that are currently before the Senate such as health and energy. I suggest that if God actually spoke so we could hear him, it might be useful as another opinion but otherwise, surely politicians are the ones expected to find the answers.
I personally do not connect right wing with being evangelical or fundamentalist but clearly there are many right wing evangelical fundamentalists in the U.S. and they (including Sarah) do a good job of discrediting all people with right wing opinions. But then I think I'm unusual - I am right wing on economic issues only and liberal on social issues. I'm beginning to think I'm a rare species. I certainly want a really big distance from Sarah's opinions!