Most of the time when I watch anything Sarah Palin has to say, it is for entertainment purposes. I very rarely take what she has to say seriously, but this week in particular she said some really outrageous things on the Bill O’Reilly Show. She was upset about the folks who were protesting the National Day of Prayer – so, Palin said this:
“Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant — they’re quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the ten commandments….What in hell scares people about talking about America’s foundation of faith?” Palin continued. “It is that world view that involves some people being afraid of being able to discuss our foundation, being able to discuss God in the public square, that’s the only thing I can attribute it to.”
What scares people is that governing from the bible is essentially spitting in the face of this little thing called ‘separation of church and state’. I’m pretty sure that whole idea was important to the founding fathers. Has she also forgotten that a big reason why the English people left Britain for America was the ability to practice freedom of any religion? I highly doubt Palin would be so supportive of mixing the government and religious freedom if a Jewish or Muslim congressman wanted to govern based solely on the Torah or the Qur’an. Freedom of religion also encompasses no religion; so atheists should not have to be subjected to anyone’s religious beliefs either.
I know the founding fathers are up there right under Jesus in Palin’s book, but before we are so quick to jump on the ‘getting back to original founder’s ideas’ bandwagon – let’s just take a moment to remember they didn’t give women or African Americans the right to vote. I love the Declaration of Independence as much as the next person, but it wasn’t perfect.
I know it’s fun to say that we should all love bible, the ten commandments, church, but it is very offensive to those who do not believe in a higher power and it is really, really insulting to the real foundation of this country – the separation of church and state.