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Palin on Syria: Let “Allah” Sort it Out


Originally posted at Religion Dispatches

by Garibaldi

In a keynote address at the Faith and Freedom Coalition earlier this week Sarah Palin spoke about the need to “‘rededicate’ our country to ‘our one true Heavenly Father,” going on to say, “If we rededicate our land to our Lord, things will turn around.”

Elsewhere in Palin’s speech her call for “rededication” was juxtaposed by a mocking reference to “Allah” and the bloody civil war in Syria.

I say until we know what we’re doing, until we have a commander in chief who knows what he’s doing, well, let these radical Islamic countries who aren’t even respecting basic human rights, where both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line, ‘Allah Akbar,’ I say until we have someone who knows what they’re doing, I say let Allah sort it out.

Apparently Palin, and the audience who reportedly laughed at this line, long for a time when Yahweh was just one of a plethora of tribal gods. Biblical scholars have argued that Yahweh was viewed early on as the god of only a certain people (the Israelites) and it was imperative that their enemies’ gods must be shown to be weaker, if not false.

In this idolatrous dichotomy we see echoes of Gen. Boykin’s infamous declaration, “I knew my God was bigger than his.” We also see echoes of the kinds of Christians Palin pals around with: Evangelicals who believe in the “Allah is a moon god” myth.

How else to explain Palin’s mockery of the Arabic word for “God,” used not just by 1.5 billion Muslims but, to her embarrassment, millions of non-Muslim Arabic speakers. Even in the movie so beloved by Palin and her friends, The Passion of the Christ, Jesus uses the Aramaic (his native language) word for god, “Allaha,” an equivalent to the Arabic “Allah.”

More disturbing however may be the very un-Christian lack of empathy and compassion for the suffering of Syrians caught in the crosshairs of a bloody civil war that until now has resulted in the deaths of 93,000 souls. Here Sarah Palin’s words boil down to an embrace of the maniacal view forwarded by neoconservative Islamophobes like Daniel Pipes who argue that the civil war should be prolonged for as long as possible, seemingly even at the expense of blocking any possible peace.

A more cynical view of Palin’s words may infer that her statement was nothing more than a play on a famous phrase (originating from Crusader Arnaud Amalric’s sacking of Beziers), which received an update by troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan (two wars Palin supported as “God’s will”): “Kill ‘em all. Let Allah Sort ‘em Out.”

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  • Sodium

    If the Republican Party keeps producing such a wonderful quality of “knowledgeable?” leaders like former governor Sarah Palin, it is in its way to ” Palin’s bridge in Alaska ” that led her no where in 2008 vice presidential election.

    Some times, her talks and actions on the stage were truly entertaining; and I thought, then, I was entertained by a man with a skirt !!

    I say why not, ” Sarah Palin for President in 2014.” And if that ever happens, I would look forward to enjoy the show, all over again.
    May her “allah” be kind to her ! .

  • 1DrM

    Over opinionated ignorant atheist nonsense. Your deluded ideology is the opposite of compassion.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    This post is not talking about whether the US should intervene.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    But she thinks she can . Maybe she thinks she can turn into a swan
    Sir David

  • Yausari

    “respecting basic human rights” ? Owh right and the US drone strikes, illegal wars and what Israel done for the last 60 years is what?

  • Reynardine

    ¿¡Run for President? ! ¡She can’t even waddle for President!

  • Reynardine

    That I know, young blood. It’s called chip on the shoulder.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Some people are just….strange. They find insults in all manner of things. xD

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    very Bizzare from Palin

    “If we rededicate our land to our Lord, things will turn around.”
    Nice economic policy Palin WTG
    Can someone explain when the USA was dedicated to ” our lord ” the first time ?
    If she wanted to say we should keep out of other peoples affairs then I am all for that . The USA to cut its military and spend the money on education and healthcare would cheer me no end . But I dont think she believes that .Look out for a Palin run for President ! I think she has started already
    Sir David

  • Reynardine

    Who could possibly mind? But it applies to all of us.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Indeed. A lot of people forget that it seems.

    PS: I do hope no one minded my post being from just the Muslim perspective. I just thought seeing as it’s directed towards our beliefs it would have been relevant to answer using the Muslim perspective….. xD

  • JD

    She is the new Ann Coulter. She is going to say these over the top stuff to get media attention get invited back to shows and stay relevant while she sells books and stuff. That is why she was invited back to Fixed News (FOX) I think we should ignore her and not post any of her stuff unless its something like call for genocidal

  • mindy1

    So all of those people are just nothing to her?? How Christian 🙁 not sure if intervening is possible, but empathy is a good idea

  • A Voice of Reason

    Then in that case we should intervene in Syria. Anything Palin says, do the exact opposite.

  • Reynardine

    This moral cretin has the right to exercise her freedom of screech, but those who are deliberately giving her an audience are responsible for whatever evil follows.

  • Reynardine

    In faith-neutral terms, we must seek what is right, act in accord, and accept that we may be mistaken, or that, even if we are not, it is not always right that triumphs…at least, not the first time round, nor the second. And if desperation for victory makes us become what we are fighting, we have already surrendered to the enemy.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Clearly Sarah Palin, like most people in her line of work, have absolutely no clue on what they’re talking about. It kind of contradicts the idea of being blessed with free will if whenever something bad happens, Allah jumps in and pressed the stop button. We are responsible and held accountable for our actions and that is why we need to sort it out. Ofcourse Allah might help is in some way or another. But we cant sit on our backsides and say “Allah, its up to you”.

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