April 3, 2010

Idiot of the Week: Sarah Palin

If an atheist said the following about Christians, charges of "militant atheism" would be widespread:
To the teams that desire making it this far next year: Gear up! In the battle, set your sights on next season's targets! From the shot across the bow - the first second's tip-off - your leaders will be in the enemy's crosshairs, so you must execute strong defensive tactics. You won't win only playing defense, so get on offense! The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the press, and use your strong weapons - your Big Guns - to drive to the hole. Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win.

Focus on the goal and fight for it. If the gate is closed, go over the fence. If the fence is too high, pole vault in. If that doesn't work, parachute in. If the other side tries to push back, your attitude should be "go for it." Get in their faces and argue with them. (Sound familiar?!) Every possession is a battle; you'll only win the war if you've picked your battles wisely. No matter how tough it gets, never retreat, instead RELOAD! [Italics in the original]
crosshairs.pngBut when far-right extremist Sarah Palin posts this on her facebook page, we are not supposed to blame her for inciting violence against those with whom she disagrees. Ordinarily, I would have a hard time seeing this as incitement. But she is addressing armed extremists, and this does not make for ordinary circumstances.

I don't want to see another act of domestic terrorism along the lines of the Oklahoma City bombing. Palin and others like her are fueling the growing militia movement, and this should be cause for concern. Even if we are not ready to label what she is doing as inciting violence, I think we can at least agree that it reflects bad judgment (perhaps even idiocy) given her audience.

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