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Queen Sarah?

Sarah Palin as a 21st-century Esther

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Move over King David. The new biblical character of choice for public figures in distress is Queen Esther. First there was Carrie Prejean, the beauty pageant contestant embraced by Christian conservatives for her opposition to gay marriage. Focus on the Family, celebrating her “courage to speak for biblical truth” called her the “modern Queen Esther.” Now, those who monitor public utterances for coded allusions to scripture are saying that when Sarah Palin was speaking to ABC News on Tuesday—“politically speaking, if I die, I die, so be it,” the soon-to-be-former governor said—she was channeling the biblical queen, who in the fourth chapter of her eponymous book says, “When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

Truth be told, we’re puzzled. Sure, Palin and Prejean were beauty queens, as was Esther, but beyond that, the parallels start to break down. Let’s start with politics. In the presidential campaign, the McCain-Palin ticket was against dialogue with autocratic regimes. Esther, on the other hand, wasn’t just in favor of engagement with a Persian despot—she married one! And while Palin and Prejean are proud of their outsiderness, convinced they’re being persecuted by elites, Esther was the product of a prominent political family. Her uncle Mordechai was a royal adviser—an inside-the-Beltway figure if there ever was one, the Rahm Emanuel of his day. And talk about family values! Esther’s Persia was about as louche a place as they come. When the whole megillah starts, the king, entertaining some friends, summons Esther’s predecessor, Vashti, to come join the party wearing the royal crown—the crown and nothing else, commentators say.

And so maybe the Christian conservatives should cut it out with the Esther comparisons and leave the name to a worthier heiress, someone who embodies the queen’s spirit in all its worldliness and complexity.

Palin Joins Miss California in the Queen Esther Pageant [USA Today]

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Joe Hash says:

Sarah Palin is not the reincarnation of queen esther. But she should be queen of america

Letter on Queen Vashti to an Agent and readers attention!!!

Alison Buckley (Author) and Hamma Mirwaisi (Author)

“The Kurdish women guerrillas who fight to regain the land whose theft was
initiated on that fateful day when Vashti refused to come before the king.”

understand Kurdish people of Middle East and Asia, read the stories of Queen
Vashti in Vashti: Vashti Queen of the Ancient Medes-Part I and the upcoming
stories about Queen Esther.

regent of the Median and Babylonian Empires, daughter of General Cicataxma,
chosen by her father-in-law Shahan Shah Cyaxares, Vashti, Queen of the Medes
walks the long corridor to the garden court of King Astyages’ (Ahasuerus’)
palace. Waiting for her is her drunken husband, cavorting riotously with his
concubines, foreign visitors and even the servants. Never would she expose
herself in such a way as he had demanded. Trapped, the net set by her enemies
is closing around her, the gaping mouth of its jade studded door opening before

had their marriage come to this? Aeons ago Astyages had drawn her into the
shelter of the fragrant pine trees of the hunting grounds during a late summer
storm, where they had finally come together after tempestuous years of other
loves and imperial demands.

her other passion, the Median Empire, carefully entrusted to her is under
threat. Does the king’s unexpected order signify a plot to also undermine the
Babylonian Empire, which the Median monarchs now administer for his sister
Queen Amytis following her husband King Nebuchadnezzar’s fall into insanity?

magi had warned her of Asytages’ deterioration over the last six months of
celebrations of his imperial grandeur.

her lifelong maid and blood sister, squeezes her hand. Will this be the last time she crosses the
threshold of the garden court?

Background and Significance

582 BCE when she was illegally deposed by her husband, King Ahasuerus
(Astyages) Queen Vashti of Media ruled an empire from India to western Turkey
and from Georgia to the Sudan. A descendent of Queen Nefertiti, grand
step-mother of Cyrus the Great and daughter of the Medes’ leading general, she
was entrusted with the fostering of the seminal Aryan civilisation by her father-in-law King Cyaxares, who
brought the Median Empire from its tribal origins to a parallel and allied
power to King Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon.

Denied her rightful as the first
feminist place in history Vashti has previously been relegated to secondary
importance behind Esther of Purim and biblical fame. Now knew research has thrown light on
the pivotal significance of her downfall for Middle Eastern history, which
heralded the two and a half thousand year subjection of her Aryan civilisation
to Persia, Judea, Greece, Rome and later Arabia and Turks. Emerging from the
distortions and deletions of their politically and culturally dominant
discourses Vashti has no ancient rival and can only be compared to present day
stateswomen such as Hilary Clinton and Queen Elizabeth of England.

The recent assassination of three women
Kurdish activists in Paris highlights further the relevance the historical
novel Vashti, Queen of the Ancient Medes. Today her indomitable spirit lives on
in her descendants, the
Kurdish women guerrillas who fight to regain the land whose theft was initiated
on that fateful day when Vashti refused to come before the king.


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