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With her usual flair for dramatic self-victimization, Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page to charge her critics in the media with one of the most odious accusations in Western culture:
If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that
vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But,
especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should
not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and
violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.
Yeah, well, let’s remember what blood libel actually means. It’s falsely charging a Jew with murdering a Christian child in order to make matzoh for Passover.
What Palin has been accused of is not ritual murder but helping to incite the attempted assassination of a Jewish member of Congress–based on her publication of a map that put Gabrielle Giffords in the crosshairs for (political) elimination. For one of the country’s most prominent Christians to call that a blood libel is, at the very least, bad taste.