Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Moron Sarah Palin’s Crazy Beliefs

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Keith Olberman reports on the peculiar situation where Sarah Palin’s pastor, whom Palin gives partial credit for making her the governer of Alaska (does this qualify as cheating?), was involved in chasing an innocent woman out of her home after accusing her of being a witch. We all know that Alaskans love to hunt mostly anything that moves, but .. witches?? What’s next; will we be throwing misbehavin’ women into ponds to see if they float? Or maybe all muslims will be perceived as witches .. what then? Because Palin has repeatedly demonstrated such a fuzzy line between her religion and her politics, I am very concerned that she will convince McCain to destroy everything this nation holds dear, particularly our right to privacy and our right to intellectual freedom [7:25]

Oh, don’t forget:

Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6: 11-12.

Okay, Palin is the exception to the rule for how this society deals with crazy people: She proves what some people who believe in witches and believe that people can speak intelligibly in gibberish tongues can get a job as the highest official in at least one state of the union. But I can assure you, based on my own observations, everyone whom I’ve met who falls into this category is safely locked up in the local nuthouse (and not just for a few days, either).

Comments

  1. #1 Bob O'H
    September 21, 2008

    According to The Guardian, the report on Palin and the trooper will be out in October. It struck me that McCain might be unhappy at this – if it came out afterwards, then he could have used Palin to rally her base, and if/once she was found guilty, ditch her for someone more moderate.

  2. #2 Globle Warren Terrism
    September 21, 2008

    God botherers are bad enough, but devil dodgers? Witch hunters?

    My worry is that if she gets elected Veep, she’ll have McCain killed so that she can get to The Button and bring on the Apocalypse.

  3. #3 James F
    September 21, 2008

    Well, she turned me into a newt!

  4. #4 complex_field
    September 21, 2008

    James, did you get better?

  5. #5 natural cynic
    September 21, 2008

    A slight clarification is needed. Pastor Muthe was a pastor in Kenya, chased out the “witch” in Kenya, and was visiting Wasilla when the blessing of Palin took place. Not that that changes Palin’s crankery much.

  6. #6 Dan
    September 21, 2008

    Intellectual elitism at its finest. Calling someone a “moron” is a fine example of the scientific “objective” viewpoint.

  7. #7 Mike
    September 21, 2008

    So is this what passes for science nowadays? Perhaps you should try to change the URL to politicalscienceblogs.com?

    And given the anonymity afforded you herein, it makes me wonder if the faithful in Osama Bama’s camp have infiltrated herein.

    Anyway, who cares. Do us a favor and keep the site on topic.

  8. #8 "GrrlScientist"
    September 21, 2008

    “elitism” .. excellence should not be mistaken for elitism, not even by you.

    further, if i was a republican, i’d be furious at mccain for choosing this crazy woman to be the vice presidential candidate .. she’s got no morals, no scruples, she freely abuses her power to her own ends, and lies about it when she’s caught, and she believes things that don’t even reflect mainstream CHRISTIAN beliefs — aren’t you offended by this outrageous choice for a running mate? is palin the ONLY REPUBLICAN WOMAN IN THIS COUNTRY that is qualified?

    i HOPE NOT!

  9. #9 cfrost
    September 21, 2008

    Dan & Mike – Fair enough. Now please tell us what exactly Palin has done as mayor or governor to promote science in Alaska.

  10. #10 sentiant
    September 22, 2008

    Cfrost – A cursory search reveals a few items. Naturally, her science pretty much is confined by the needs of Alaska… which is not much.
    http://www.betanews.com/article/Where_does_Sarah_Palin_stand_on_technology_issues/1220649619

    And who knows, maybe the sports center she got built for the town in which she was a mayor is built using the latest and greatest technology.

    Quite honestly, I don’t care. Again, your trying to make a site like this which should pride itself on discussions and news regarding science. So unless this site has changed that to political science then articles like the one above are just for SEO whoring.

  11. #11 yogi-one
    September 22, 2008

    Voodoo by any other name.

    The GOP has totally lost it. People claiming to be rational conservatives should start a new party. The GOP has de-evolved into simply a mindless mob ruled by mob mentality.

    Actually, correct that: ruled by mobsters.

    The Dems ain’t perfect and don’t hold any moral high ground to be sure. But to put American Taliban people like Palin into the White House is sheer lunacy. Yes, American Taliban – , apocalyptic, authoritarian, torturing fundamentalists who want to rule this country like it was a midieval theocracy – that would be Taliban in my book.

    No American Talibanis in the White House!

  12. #12 Lab Rat
    September 22, 2008

    “So is this what passes for science nowadays? Perhaps you should try to change the URL to politicalscienceblogs.com?”

    Even scientists are allowed a political opinion aren’t they? Especially about something as important as this which affects pretty much the whole world.

    wtf is Osama Bama?

    Word of advice – don’t try to put two ‘herein’s into one sentance. It gives the impression that you write fantasy literature as a hobby (not that there’s anything wrong with that…)

    :p

    “Intellectual elitism at its finest. ”
    Calling someone a bit of an idiot for beleving in witchcraft is not intellectual elitism. It is Fairly Normal. At least, as far as I was aware.

  13. #13 The Eel
    September 22, 2008

    An audio clip of Bishop Muthee advocating violence:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsnrIVj9IbM

    Transcript:

    “The violent take it by force. People that have spiritual backbones are the ones that are going to advance. They are the ones that will move forward. I thank God for what I see happening in this place. I thank God for the vision, the passion that I can see here. And my word is this: the more violent you become, the more committed you become, the quicker you will see things happen in this region.” – Bishop Muthee