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The Queen of Wasilla

Conservatives see Palin as the new Esther

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From Vanity Fair’s blockbuster new profile:

The e-mail came from pastor Lou Engle, a prominent right-wing activist who identifies himself as a prayer warrior and is a central figure in dominionist theology. (Dominionists believe that, until Jesus Christ returns to earth, society should be governed exclusively by God’s law as revealed through a literal reading of Scripture.) In the e-mail, Engle compared Palin to the biblical Queen Esther. “This is an Esther moment in your life,” he wrote. “Esther hid her identity until Mordecai challenged her to risk everything for such a time as this. Your identity is ‘Sarah Barracuda.’ Esther removed corruption from the Persian government and Haman fell. She didn’t have experience, she had grace and favor. Sarah, don’t hide your identity tonight.”

(In case you’re wondering, this makes John McCain Ahasuerus and William Kristol Mordecai. Haman is obviously Obama. Oh and Vashti is Joe Lieberman, clearly. Except Obama won, right? Now I’m confused.)

More broadly, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate has been reaching out to Jews by hosting Jews for Sarah Shabbat dinners. “Meeting Sarah Palin turns out to be not the kind of celebrity thrill one experiences by meeting, say, a member of the Rolling Stones,” Benyamin Korn writes. “My wife and I found her unpretentious and gracious both, with an un-politician-like sincerity.” Me, I just want to know how you kept your dinner down! Ah, I’m just playing. (No I’m not.)

“Maybe it’s not just Palin’s right-wing politics that gets secular Jews so riled up,” wonders John Podhoretz. “Maybe it’s also that Palin, that idiot [his word, not mine!], may actually know more about Judaism and feel no discomfort about emulating Jewish traditions and Jewish particularism in the way that they seem to.” Or maybe it is that she tried to become the vice president despite being as qualified for the job as you or I? Or maybe it is that her right-wing politics differ markedly from the left-wing politics of secular Jews who are left-wing, as opposed to the secular Jews who are right-wing whom Podhoretz seems to think don’t exist? Anything is possible!

Sarah Palin the Sound and the Fury [VF]
Sarah Palin Celebrates Shabbat and Offers Echoes of Esther [NY Sun]

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DOC ZEE says:

I spoke with Podhoretz one time, and it took less than five minutes for me to realize that PUTZ is simply a contraction of his name … We can stop looking for the Shtetl Idiot, we have found Podhoretz … Dominionists have got it Right, except for a few small details, like there is no “J” in Hebrew … and Most of the world is going to be amazed at how stupid Sarah Palin is NOT, and how much genuine reverence she has for Judaism, knowing where the christianettes got their roots … Unlike the Arab/Moslem Obama, who pretends to be Black for Political Advantage, and other Liberal Democrats, Sarah Palin will NOT sell us out to the Arab/Moslem PetroDogs … It is hard to admit that you could be fooled, much less for so long … but it is time to get a grip on Reality, get your asses in gear, and get rid of all the ProIslam Liberals, or we will see the Holocaust again … Don’t wait … Wake Up NOW … Can you really afford to risk thinking that I am wrong ???

rose tripp says:

I agree with all you say.

JCarpenter says:

Non-Jew Lou Engle distorts the Esther story to fit his distorted view of theology, and frankly, reality.
Separation of religion and state isn’t a matter of convenience or selective context. Right-wing dominionists care for the Jews only as pawns in the Big End(Times)-Game; are your Christian friends only concerned with converting you, or do they care about you as a child of God? Dominionists see Israel only as the stage and setting for their literal interpretation of the book of Revelation.

“Or maybe it is that she tried to become the vice president despite being as qualified for the job as you or I?” Really…Or as qualified as a community organizer is to be President? Liberals might want to soft-pedal the “not qualified to serve in this capacity” mantra until Obama is finished serving his 4 years (and it will be only four years.)

Noel Coward~ Television is for appearing on – not for looking at.

Laurence J. Peter~ In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

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