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Saint Sarah graces the cover of Newsweek!

Do you think Sarah’s a saint?

Found at Huffungton Post

Thanks for the heads up Adam!



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@nicolewick

posted June 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm


Ugh… no, I do not.



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Travis Mamone

posted June 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm


Well technically we’re all saints in Christ. But do I think Palin is a saint like Augustine or Francis of Assissi? HECK NO!!!



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leanna jackson

posted June 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm


oh yikes. definitely don’t consider her a saint. nor anywhere near.



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Joe Crenshaw

posted June 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm


Can I speak bluntly? More folks want to “physically appreciate” Sarah Palin than want her to be elected to any major public office outside of Alaska.

She is riding this for fame and for money . . she has changed.

She’s not a saint, she’s just as screwed up as the rest of us are.

In a biblical sense all Christians are “saints” but folks are really making more of her than she really is.

I mean the woman can’t even use a notepad, she wrote stuff on her hands . .

She only represents the stereotype of Conservative Christian women. I know many conservative Christian women, some are like Sarah and the rest think she’s a doofus.

JESUS needs new PR and so do Conservatives.



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    Darrell

    posted June 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm


    I mean the woman can’t even use a notepad, she wrote stuff on her hands . .

    I’ll bet a lot of politicians would give their right kidney to have this as his biggest public gaffe. :)



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      Joanna

      posted June 11, 2010 at 9:19 pm


      Only problem is it isn’t her biggest public gaffe



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        Darrell

        posted June 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm


        That may be but it’s the one Joe came up with :)



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Jason

posted June 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm


Given it’s Newsweek, do I think reporters and editors were looking for a way to mock her? ;)



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    Noelle

    posted June 12, 2010 at 6:58 am


    I gotta agree. I’ve had my Newsweek subscription for about 12 yrs, and I’m guessing there will be some mocking going on. Love my Newsweek



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Darrell

posted June 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm


I find it interesting that folks on the ‘other side’ of the aisle from Palin keep insisting that she’s the face of religious conservatives when, in fact, no major group of religious conservatives has given her any such title or position.

She’s not a theologian. She’s not a minister. She’s not really anything officially religious with the sole exception being yet another politician who throws around some God phrases from time to time. Yet for some reason she’s the only one of the lot who ends up on the cover of Newsweek with a halo.

I find that interesting.



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Jonathan Cutrell

posted June 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm


A few things.
1. To the previous comment, being able to use a notepad (or any mental capacity issues) have nothing to do with sainthood. Obviously having someone who is intellectually and socially challenged makes the public appeal of Christianity worsen. There is an elusive standard of intellectuality that we as Christians impose as part of our socially constructed paradigm, but this isn’t (necessarily) a biblical practice. On many occasions, Christ did get a bit annoyed with those who didn’t understand what he was saying, but he then would make provision for those people. Some of those people are the personalities and characters we now call saints.

2. The media will always be a tainted lens. Am I advocating for Sarah Palin? No, absolutely not. But I am saying that Christian liberalism quite often actually isn’t liberalism at all – it often incorporates cynicism, pride, and laziness.

3. Christian conservatism is a guilty party as well, often blind and intolerant to many forms of progression.

We as Christians still have a responsibility that exceeds our image. How damning of us to shove social standards as a part of doctrine in the face of those who already are socially awkward/unaccepted?

Sorry for the rant. :)



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Joanna

posted June 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm


Well Palin certainly ain’t appealing to this Christian woman!



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Darrell

posted June 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm


Wikipedia (peace be unto it) tells me that there is a real St. Sarah http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Sarah

/geekery



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Jay

posted June 12, 2010 at 6:10 am


This kind of twaddle is par for the course for an outfit like Newsweek. They run a cover (along with the sloppy article loaded with stereotypes) like this largely so that people can react with feigned indignation about Sarah Palin and give her detractors yet another reason to mock her. It’s unfortunate there is a culture out there that looks down on Sarah Palin because she gave birth to a child where there was a risk of Down’s Syndrome instead of having an abortion and holds to the belief that no woman who happens to be conservative politically, can be a traditional feminist.

This kind of hack journalism is the reason why Newsweek is circling the toilet and will soon be defunct.



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Joel

posted June 12, 2010 at 6:35 am


Most people don’t look down on Sarah Palin because she gave birth to a child with Down’s Syndrome. People look down on Sarah Palin because she ran for a political office that she was utterly unqualified for. People look down on her because she is a walking stereotype. People look down on her because she goes out of her way to grab the spotlight, and while in it, speaks and behaves in an ignorant manner. People look down on her because she comes off as a theocrat who would like nothing more than to be elected to major public office. People look down on her because, even though she obviously has ambitions toward the presidency, she quit her last job as a political executive, because it was too hard and it interfered with her media ambitions. There are a lot of reasons to dislike Sarah Palin that have nothing to do with her son Trig.

To say that Trig is the reason that so many people dislike Sarah Palin is patently dishonest. The fact that her supporters say things like that is probably just one more reason that so many dislike her.



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    Terroni

    posted June 12, 2010 at 8:16 am


    Agreed.



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    Jay

    posted June 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm


    People look down on her because she comes off as a theocrat

    Really? And what exactly has she said that gives any indication she is a proponent of a theocracy or has called for policies that are theocratic.

    I call bullshit on this one.

    Thanks for proving my point.



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    Darrell

    posted June 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm


    Jay:

    Joel is probably referring to something like this: http://www.losangeleschronicle.com/articles/view/155143



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    Liberal Catholic

    posted June 20, 2010 at 9:10 pm


    I dropped my subscription to Newsweek minutes after the Saint Sarah issue arrived. Saints are people who have given of themselves for the love of God and others. Not everyone is a saint. Putting a halo around her head is mocking God. Nothing about selfrighteousness is spiritual. Worrying more about your taxes than helping the poor is not Christian. Drill baby drill is so wrong. She puts oil above the goodness of God’s creation. Even looking at the disaster in the Gulf she is still arrogant and ignorant. As for Trig—I have raised 2 disabled children. Everything about her attitude says she is using him to further her popularity. If she is so giving than she should be home working with him to give him the extra support he will need his whole life to achieve his greatest potential. Conservatives are selfish users who try to justify their attitudes by claiming to be holier than “other” people. They freely give advice but hold tight to their pocketbooks.



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Leanne

posted June 12, 2010 at 6:58 am


Sarah Palin is in many ways the epitome of the synchronization of Christianity and American Culture. Is she a saint? As said above yes,since all who trust in Christ are. She is even more a saint in the Americanized Christianity of today. I personally think Paul’s letter to the Colossians stating Christ is greater than all principalities of this world and encouraging Christians to set aside the popular philosophies and values of the day would be Paul’s word to Palin and the American church.



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Daniel

posted June 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm


That woman continues to scare the crap out of me. I just want to yell at her, “Leave Jesus alone! I mean, you and her friends can play their little Tea party game, but stop pretending God is the one that sent out the invitations.”



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Roman

posted June 18, 2010 at 8:28 am


I think she’s a huge mistake.



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