A Bit Too Mavericky? Palin Declares Pope Francis To Be A Suspect Liberal

SarahPalin170px-Francisco_(20-03-2013)Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is warning people about Pope Francis. Palin told CNN that the Pope’s statements of tolerance and accommodation have “taken her aback” but that she hopes that it is just another misrepresentation by liberal mainstream media. We have discussed how inspiring Pope Francis has proven to Catholics and non-Catholics alike by shedding the trappings of the papacy and living a simple and humble life of a priest. More importantly, he has reached out to gays, atheists and others in a way that is truly historic. In this short time as Pope, he is credited with bringing large numbers of people back to churches in the West. However, Palin is uneasy with the Pope for the very same reasons that people are rallying around him.

Palin told Jack Tapper “He’s had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me. There again, unless I really dig deep into what his messaging is, and do my own homework, I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media. . . . I’m kinda trying to follow what his agenda is. You know he came out with a couple of things in the media but again I’m not one to trust the media’s interpretation of somebody’s message but having read through media outlets.”

Obviously, Palin would never dream of actually reading some of the Pope’s statements before warning people about his latent liberalism. Notably, Palin does not find it difficult to believe that men walked the Earth with dinosaurs or that the Earth is only a few thousand years old. However, a Pope trying to expand Christianity to reach out to gays and others “sound[s] kind of liberal” and unbelievable.

292889This could have something to do with Palin’s latest effort to cash in on faith-based politics. She is touring to get people to buy her latest book: “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.” Pope Francis clearly is not one of those good tidings when he is out washing the feet of Muslim women and talking to atheists. She might want to send him a copy of the book, which is a whole 208 pages in length? It includes the promise of sharing personal memories from Palin Christmases past. That book includes such Christian sentiments as “Yet we can’t print enough currency, or food stamps, or free Obamaphone vouchers to compensate for failing families.” Then there are those atheists that Pope Francis has reached out to. Palin writes “Atheism’s track record makes the Spanish Inquisition seem like Disneyland by comparison.” That’s right. Secular government is the equivalent to the Spanish “Water Cure.” (The other name used for the torture of waterboarding by that devout Christian George W. Bush).

Then there are these little gems:

“The logical result of atheism, a result we have seen right in front of our eyes in one of the world’s oldest and proudest nations, is severe moral decay.”

“The war on Christmas is the tip of the spear in a larger battle to secularize our culture, and make true religious freedom a thing of America’s past.”

Of course, Palin would likely find much of the New Testament something that seems to come right out of a DNC platform:

Ps. 140:12. I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor.

Is. 25:4. For You have been a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress.
Deut. 15:7. If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

Deut. 26:12. When you have finished paying the complete tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and the widow, that they may eat in your towns, and be satisfied.

Lev. 19:19ff. Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.

Is. 58:66ff. Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Luke 12:33. “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys.”

Luke 3:11. And [John the Baptist] would answer and say to them, “Let the man with two tunics share with him who has none, and let him who has food do likewise.”

Indeed, Palin might have some ‘splaining to do with the Good Lord if she applies the same blind faith to scripture to this warning: “Woe to those who enact evil statutes, and to those who continually record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice, and rob the poor of My people of their rights… Now what will you do in the day of punishment, and in the devastation which will come from afar?” Is. 10:1-3.

Of course, that might just be those mainstream Biblical types writing the New Testament.

Source: Independent

66 thoughts on “A Bit Too Mavericky? Palin Declares Pope Francis To Be A Suspect Liberal”

  1. Having been raised Catholic I have a passing interest interest in new Popes and I think that people are giving this Pope too much credit. As yet, aside from calling back to Rome a priest so notorious for his rock-star lifestyle that he had a publicly disparaging nickname, he has not actually done anything that I have read about.

    He has made rhetorical statements that go to the spiritual views he would like Catholic’s to embrace but those views, when contrary business and politics as usual, are followed up by clarifying statements by spokespersons or even his own followup statements, such as the abortion/gays statement. With the stroke of a pen and a 2 line statement to be published in every church bulletin he could cut Bill Donohue off at the knees, yet he does not.

    I wish him well but I’m not jumping on the bandwagon yet.

  2. Slohr 1, November 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    … I think Chris Rock said it best, “we are all liberal about some things, and conservative about others.”
    Actually, it was Todd Palin who said it best after an episoda.

  3. It would be a great asset if the law returned that required media to offer rebuttal commentary for each political statement. The country is poorly served by ideologues on both sides, and it would cut down on the buffoonery on both sides of the fence. For liberal CNN, it is a perfect match-up to present Sarah Palin. She knows how to leverage a hot topic, but has no grasp of history, philosophy, etc. Every time she is seen, she is an embarrassment to any scholarly conservative, Christian, or any other group she professes to represent and obviously reinforces all the negatives liberals conceptualize of conservative folk. It’s a shame that “anger” is the new “sex,” and that’s what sells. CNN uses her quite effectively. She’s their “red button.” I have made it a point not to listen to any sounds her biomass creates, and I would suggest to any liberal, conservative, or “one who goes both ways” to do the same. I think Chris Rock said it best, “we are all liberal about some things, and conservative about others.”

  4. Juliet N.,

    “Willfully” ignorant is to the point I think.

    The woman, an unknown from Alaska, saw an opportunity in the run up to the 2008 elections. She assessed both the Republican party and John McCain properly and then campaigned hard for McCain’s support, fooled his selection committee spotlighting herself as the best candidate, and got the nod. That’s not stupidity or ignorance at play.

    Then, seeing the writing on the wall, she ditched McCain in the middle of his actual Presidential campaign, and stole his audience. That audience is still hugely loyal because in all her garbled sentence structure, she speaks their language … willfully so.

    She makes herself useful to the Republican Party, as long as they stay out of her way and the money stays in her pocket.

    She and Ann Coulter are 2 of a kind except Palin is smarter and far more devious. In the end their biggest draw is that they are hated by all those insufferable smarty-pants people. Sarah Palin rode that horse to a Vice President position in a national election. Coulter gets pies thrown in her face.

  5. Kraaken 1, November 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Never ceases to amaze me. I constantly hear people talk about Ms. P and how they wish she would just go away (I happen to be among them.)

    There is an additional problem, there are two of her for various reasons.

  6. I have been to Wasilla, AK. Pretty town. When wandering around town seeing the sights, I didn’t see Sarah Palin.

    Thank goodness.

  7. Is Palin Catholic? No, she’s a Pentecostal, raised in the Assemblies of God church. It was in the Wasilla Assemblies of God church that the pastor from Africa who hunted witches, prayed over Palin. Perhaps she is a Queen in the Dominionist tradition, Cruz a King, his father the elder Cruz a Priest. Strange stuff and they’ve infiltrated the Republican Party big time. It won’t be long until rightist Catholics call for Pope Francis’ ouster.

  8. Mike A: Furthermore, I am weary of the constant misuse of the phrase “redistribution of wealth.”

    Let us call it the “restoration of ill-gotten gains.”

  9. What Mike A. said! Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air. He is teaching the tenets that the good Benedictine Sisters taught us in grade school.

  10. Putting Palin aside, many Catholics I know have a variety of reactions to Pope Francis. The Cardinals elected the first Jesuit. In and of itself that tells you a lot. Jesuits are educators. They use the Socratic method. They probe, prod, play devil’s advocate, etc. If you make too many assumptions by the questions he’s asking you make the same mistake I did a few times until I learned. Jesuits teach you how to think critically. They are generally liberal but the teachers I had really ran the gamut. There were some I didn’t have a freakin’ clue where they stood politically. My liberal and moderate Catholic family and friends are excited. My conservative, are wary. Nobody should have been surprised by him being a humble, poor servant. His order, his chosen name, his washing the feet of prisoners, etc. are all consistent w/ who he is. THIS IS NOT A SHOW! Can’t you just see it in his face, body language and demeanor?

    Being a Jesuit, Pope Francis won’t shy away from controversy, but he also won’t rush into any major decisions. I really like the man. I’m not going to start going to mass mind you, but he is returning to the Vatican 2 philosophy that was what I grew up on back in the 60’s. We Americans often elect the opposite of the prior President. The Cardinals often do the same.

  11. No, the half-term governor is not a Catholic. She is a Nitwit.

    Certainly we can no longer be surprised, or even amused, at the stupid things she utters. So why do we pay her this attention?

  12. Never ceases to amaze me. I constantly hear people talk about Ms. P and how they wish she would just go away (I happen to be among them. However, what the media doesn’t seem to understand is that as long as you give her any kind of attention and keep reporting on what she’s doing, she won’t go away. I would personally like for all of the media outlets to just declare Ms. P persona no grata. It must really chap her that most intelligent people find Francis an amazing man.

  13. It is unbelievable that someone like Palin who uses Christianity as one of the levers to manipulate followers turns on the Pope when her message of hate is undermined by him. One would tend to believe that this course is likely to backfire. If not, she’ll be starting her own sect, and thankfully segregating those of her ilk further so we can more easily gawk at them.

  14. What’s the difference between Kim Kardashian and Sarah Palin?

    1. Kim is more intelligent.
    2. Kim understands foreign policy more.
    3. Kim exemplifies Christian Values more.
    4. Kim has actually accomplished something in her life.
    5. Sarah has prettier features.
    6. Sarah has more money.

    Kim beats Sarah 4 to 2.

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