Speaking to an audience at a Christian school in suburban Philadelphia (for a reported $250,000) this week that happened to include my good blogger friend Will Bunch, the former half-term Alaska governor declared:
"We must continue to build on our Judeo-Christian heritage, and it's nothing to apologize for."
This is Palin at her most diabolical. Of course being a Jew or Christian is nothing to apologize for, but the implicit message is that all other religions and faiths are not just inferior, but dangerous to the American way of life as proscribed by right-wing Christianists, while the explicit message came a few moments later:
"We can't lose this next generation -- we have to keep teaching them what it means to be an American -- the American exceptionalism that so many of us do embrace . . . We can't lose that for the next generation that will soon be rising up and be our leaders."
It is unconscionable that Buddhists, Baha'is, Hindus and . . . oh, Muslims, do not make the cut, but the xenophobic fantasy that the United States is fated to be the world's moral leader is not merely laughable. It is dangerous.
* * * * *And while we're on the subject, a hat tip to Glenn Beck, the mainscream media torch bearer for . . . well, skip the Judeo part of Judeo-Christian heritage.
The unhinged Fox News talking head has outdone himself in his ongoing jihad against liberal investor and philanthropist George Soros. The Holocaust survivor, whom Beck has repeatedly accused of creating a shadow government that manipulates currencies for his own enrichment (you know, the old Jewish banker smeme) now stands accused of being a Nazi collaborator while hiding with a non-Jewish family in his teenage years.
It is not so much astounding that Fox continues to pay this loon millions of dollars to spout bile, but that so many people believe it.