Sarah Palin’s ‘rogue’ Christianity

In her new book Sarah Palin writes that one summer at Bible Camp she “put my life in my creator’s … Continued

In her new book Sarah Palin writes that one summer at Bible Camp she “put my life in my creator’s hands and trust Him as I sought my life’s path.” For Palin, this grand divine plan was “a natural progression.” She writes. And later, “I don’t believe in coincidences.”

Which leads me to ask:

What does she believe is God’s plan for her? Does she have any free will or is everything preordained. Can she see something coming and change her mind despite God’s plans for her?

Did God plan for her to become Governor of Alaska. If so, did God plan for her to step down. Did God plan for her to run for Vice President? If so why did she and McCain lose?

Did God plan for her to have a child with Down’s Syndrome? If so why did she consider an abortion? Did God plan for her to have a huge wardrobe? Then why did she apologize for it?

Did God plan for her to do the Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson interviews and be humiliated by them. Did God plan for her to allow herself to be forced, against her will to do those interviews? If so then why complain?

Did God plan for her daughter Bristol to get pregnant while she was a teenager? Why was she then not thrilled. Did God plan for Bristol to get engaged and then break up, only to be left a single mother, dropping out of school?

Did God plan for Levi Johnson to be the father of her grandchild? Did God plan for Levi Johnson, who she now calls Ricky Hollywood, to pose nude for Playgirl and go into “porn” as she told Oprah. If so, why does she find it heartbreaking?

I find it all very confusing.

Certainly Palin could say that God planned for her to publish a book that would be a huge, bestseller, go on Oprah, and make an enormous amount of money. Why would God choose her? Why would God look at the suffering around the world of so many millions and say, Sarah, I’m going to give you all of this.

Perhaps God wants more out of Sarah Palin.

You would think that God would ask of her to live her life as an example to others of a compassionate loving, caring person. One of the most powerful examples of God’s love in the Bible is that of forgiveness. Turning the other cheek. But Palin’s book is a screed against everyone who ever done her wrong.

She is angry at the campaign staffer for “forcing her to do things she didn’t want to do”, she is angry at the media for asking her questions she couldn’t answer. She is angry at the father of her grandson for being a foolish teenager. She has used this book and all of her Christian charity to do nothing but settle scores. She names names and calls ’em like she see ’em. And she doesn’t see ’em the way God might. They are all of his children.

(By the way, in her book Palin writes about, how, during the campaign, she took a call from Pastor Rick Warren when she was showering and that he offered to pray with her.”I said, absolutely! Pray away! I would never turn down prayer even with limited hours in a campaign day, standing in a few inches of water with a shower curtain for a wardrobe. You do what you’ve got to do.” I know Pastor Rick. He is one of the world’s great guys. He not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. His book, “A Purpose Driven Life” has sold more books in English than any other book in history except for the Bible. He and his wife tithe 90% of everything they make to the church. Their lives are devoted to helping other people who are less fortunate than they are. The opening line of his book may be one of the greatest opening lines ever. It is: “it’s not about you.” It is unthinkable that Rick Warren would write an angry book, out to settle scores and pay back slights. Perhaps Sarah Palin could learn a lesson from Pastor Rick.)

Why would she not simply write a book describing her life as full of blessings as they are, forgiving those who caused her pain or discomfort and show God the gratitude she owes him for everything he has bestowed upon her.

But maybe that wasn’t God’s plan for her. Maybe he decided that he would have her stray from the basic tenets of her religions beliefs. The dictionary defines “rogue’ as “an individual varying markedly from the standard.”

The standard for Palin’s God and faith is love, generosity, mercy and forgiveness. Perhaps that’s what she means when she says she is “Going Rogue.”

Sally Quinn
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  • jasm917

    “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.”The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as theis publican.”I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.”And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me a sinner.”I tell you, that this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”Luke 18, 10-14 (King James Version). So much for publishing a book bragging about how “God has a plan for me” and spewing contempt on anyone who crosses you.Sarah should read the Good Book a little more attentively.

  • sprayadhesive

    United Church of Christ! Wasn’t that what Revvv. Wright called his church?

  • fstanton66

    I have not read Mrs. Palin’s book; however, I watched her on Oprah and have read her Facebook blog, as well as accounts of her in the media. What I am left with is a person who professes to being Christian, yet acts decidedly unChristian. What she exhibits as a person is a kind of amnesia about just what her responsibilities are as a Christian. On one hand she is putting herself in the hands of God, so to speak; on the other, she has this relentless need to settle scores of anyone who disagrees with her agenda in the slightest. For example, she is taken aback when Katie Couric asks her what she reads. Couric is just doing her job, and the question was a pretty lightweight question as questions go. Maybe Mrs. Palin was rattled by the question because, like many conservative Christians, she only reads literature which supports her world view. That is narrow minded and dangerous in a leader, from whom we expect a certain level of sophistication.Lastly, she does not seem to understand the concept of personal responsibility, free will and forgiveness which are the cornerstone of being a real Christian; rather, she displays that mindless, vengful kind of Christianity of the old testament, which, by definition is not Christian. That is why Christ came here on Earth: to show a new, more vigorous faith based on love and forgiveness, not getting even, which is Palin’s bread and butter.

  • AMviennaVA

    Having gained notoriety, Sarah Palin had the choice between:1. The selfish path of self-aggrandisement;2. The humane and Christian path of raising awareness that people and families of people with Down’s Syndrome experience.We now which path she has chosen.

  • cfeher

    I think people are simply fascinated by her as political figure who is so completely delusional, such an absolute psychopath that it’s captivating; like watching a car wreck in slow motion. You can’t not look. Her ‘book’ is a complete work of fiction in which she contradicts not only people who were there at the time, but often even herself. Unless you are a pathological liar, you know what the truth is and facts don’t change over time. That said, run Sarah run, please! I am looking forward to the total and complete destruction of the republican party in 2010 and 2012.

  • Hillman1

    Sarah’s book was very harsh toward campaign staffers that she didn’t get along with. Talk about taking it out on someone that can’t fight back….. Palin is one of the most powerful people in the country, and she chooses to spend so much time denigrating mid-level campaign staffers?Some would say that a good Christian would forgive and move on. To do otherwise would be unChristian. A sin, even.The difference between Palin and me, though, is that while I think her actions constitute sin I’m happy to just say so and move on.She, however, thinks me being gay is a sin. She’s happy to say so, but then she’s also more than willing to use her power to destabilize my life by denying me marriage benefits, health care, and such.I’m not out there trying to destabilize her marriage because I think she’s not right with God.If only she’d extend me the same courtesy.

  • pkhenry

    Obama’s Pastor declared “God Damn America” – but apparently that was OK with liberals.

  • slewis1

    Sally, didn’t you learn anything from the Katie Couric interview? Palin and her Palinites do not like questions! So stop asking those pesky questions that require thought, logic and rationale.

  • Chops2

    Maybe Gods plan is for her to run against Obama twice and to have a 2 term Obama Presidency.This is the thing with the religious though isn’t it. If it is Gods plan then why bother doing anything? It will just happen cause its gods plan.Its like when 2 football teams, lets say from 2 Protestant colleges, play each other and both pray to win, one loses, did that have anything to do with prayer or god? No. One team had better players, coaches etc. Our life is in our hands and is what WE make of it, not god. She is self made, her victories are hers and her mistakes are hers. I just wish she would admit some of them instead of blaming everyone else.

  • AverageJane

    She is so shallow… you couldn’t couldn’t drown a flea in her brain. You betcha ; )

  • CmaryC

    To Zenwick:To Alex511:And to NCarvill1:

  • FredHollingsworth

    Sally – I think sometimes it’s hard for a non-believer to understand what a believer believes.

  • minco_007

    There’s a pattern developing amongst Conservatives. The more infidelity the more Herald they are by their peers. Especially if they do it in the name of God. Ensign, Palin, The Governor of South Carlina, Representative from Louisiana paying hookers, the entire “C” street family. All promise keepers, Christian, White, Conservative. Infidels all! Yet herald by the Republican base in the name of JESUS! None of you Religious nuts have a problem with this? According to your Gospel, there’s a special place in Hell for ya! This just makes no sense! And now you’re selling t-shirts and teddy bears with psalms 109:6-10 Revelations can’t fulfill fast enough! I know you wanted the south to rise again, but did you have to bring HELL with ya?

  • robvitaro

    Ms. Quinn, with all due respect, it would be a kinder thing if you did not attempt to sort out one of the biggest Christian theological questions, freewill vs. predestination, at Sarah’s expense. No one has this figured out, and no one will this side of eternity. Bone up on some theological discourse and you’ll see that most theologians are able to debate this without demeaning another human being. Of course, we all know you’re not ACTUALLY asking theological questions, you just want to back-handedly (cowardly?) attack Sarah. Suit yourself, if that works for you.As to your many questions of God’s plans for Sarah, you seem to question the wisdom of His choices. Interesting, if not futile. He chose to save humanity by dying on a cross – what would YOU have done?

  • TRACIETHEDOLPHIN

    Another phony christian using god to get votes. God neither needs nor wants someone trying to enforce christianity or the morals and values one derives from christianity on others through the political process. If she wants to “spread the word”, let her become a missionary.

  • ChooseBestCandidate

    from this article: “Did God plan for her to run for Vice President? If so why did she and McCain lose?”how simplistic and embarrasingly desperate!!HONESTLY, some of you are stretching yourselves far too thin to prop up obama!!

  • ChooseBestCandidate

    some writing under religion to give the impression of Christianity? reminds me of the Dede S. in the 23-rd New York District who is a democrat disguising herself as a republulican just to screw up the republican party.No one is perfect in everything they do but Ms. Quinn you have been consistently un-chrisitianlike for what now seem like years. its obvious and disappointing.

  • herzliebster

    KJR1 wrote:The neo-cons love to talk about how this nation was founded by God-fearing Christians. They forget that the real reason europeans sailed to this land was to escape religious persecution. They wanted to come to a place were ALL could practice their OWN religion as they saw fit, without any form of government interfering. The separation of Church and State was formost on the minds of the firsts settlers, and remained a cornerstone throughout this country’s development. KJR1, you’re confusing the “first settlers” with the “Founding Fathers.” Indeed, by the time the Constitution was being framed in 1787, the members of the Constitutional Convention were devoted to the idea of separation of church and state, and complete freedom of religion. But the first settlers, especially the Pilgrims in New England whom we celebrate every November, came to this continent to escape religious persecution all right — but not to establish freedom of religion. They were offended at how the religious establishment in England had treated them, and their goal in establishing the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies was to set up an ideal theocracy according to THEIR beliefs. They wanted to worship as they pleased — which included requiring all the settlers to worship the same way. Only church members had the rights of full citizenship. Church and civil government were completely intertwined. By 175 years later, when the Constitution was written, people had become much more tolerant, inclusive and liberal. But that was not the ideology under which the “first settlers” came to our shores. That’s a piece of wishful thinking in children’s textbooks, just the way the notion of “godly founding fathers establishing a Christian nation” in the late 1700s is a piece of wishful thinking of the religious right.

  • ANTGA

    Ya gotta love people like Sarah – those who think they’re “morally superior” and think they know the “true way” to salvation or what religion is and isn’t. They’re almost ALWAYS the same people who love to categorize people… not “true Americans” here… not “decent” people there. They’re incredibly judgemental and obtuse and oftentimes the very same moral folk who wear white hoods and enjoy spreading fear… wonderful people really.

  • fusundo

    Why are we talking about Sarah Palin?. We are just promoting her book and making her wealthy. Sarah Palin is a has been, a person without ideas, a self defined soccer mom who wanted to be VP and could not hold a reasonable conversation except for sound bites. We had a guy wiyh whom many felt comfortable sharing a drink and we are still recovering from the experience. The Republican Party has to have someone better than Sarah Palin. It is inconceivable that this woman is considered a candidate to anything, after she resigned her governorship and became a book promoter.

  • minco_007

    robvitaro seems to be on to something but not in a very genuine way. Do you support the comments and attacks made by Sarah on the President. Especially the one’s like, He’s not like us. What does that mean really? Is it possible to be a Christian and a Socialist. Or does Christianity have Socialism at it’s base? Do you need a litany of Sarah Palin quotes to disprove your point or are you honest enough to condemn them as not very Christlike? It’s OK to disagree just don’t be disingenuous! Religion is really stinking up the place.

  • LyndaLBD

    Be Afraid, be Very Afraid – if Sarah Palin becomes G-d, whoops, President, she will make you become a Christian and outlaw all Gays, lesbians, all other religions, social groups, journalists who could criticize her, and bow down to her. She’s rogue alright, but most rogues – you cannot trust.

  • LyndaLBD

    P.s. I have no doubt that Sarah Palin has a group of moderators – check out all those names of those who criticize her, get a checklist – (how dare they criticize her) and she will place all those names on her watch list. I have no doubt my comments will be checked by her team, and I will be on her list too. Rogue indeed!

  • ForPetesSake

    ROBVITARO seems to be very confused in his comments above.

  • arancia12

    What’s the big mystery? Sarah Palin + GOP = hypocrisy.They write the world the way they want to see it, and therefore, the way they see it is the way God wants it.

  • minco_007

    Hey wasn’t Jesus a community organizer?

  • bpbando

    “” reminds me of the Dede S. in the 23-rd New York District who is a democrat disguising herself as a republulican just to screw up the republican party”

  • mbeck1

    Maybe now that she has everything, God will do a JOB on her.

  • ForPetesSake

    As an aside, Palin is no rogue. She’s as predictable an un-American fascist and radical as the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Moore, who ignored the law in his arrogant effort to force his religous views upon others against their will.

  • Sharon_ski

    Yes God has a plan for everyone and yes we have free-will to seek God’s plan for our life or go our own way. The Apostle Paul was imprisoned for Christ and he suffered personal pain that God wasn’t willing to remove. Christians suffer and die for their faith even in this day and age. We don’t get everything that we ask for because it wouldn’t be good for us. Without failures we wouldn’t have successes. Christians are not perfect and we stumble and sin because we are only human. I don’t always understand God’s plans but they are better then what I can come up with myself.

  • RealConservative

    Amazing to see how many (almost all) here have missed the forest for all of the trees in their way.

  • arancia12

    Ms. Quinn, with all due respect, it would be a kinder thing if you did not attempt to sort out one of the biggest Christian theological questions, freewill vs. predestination, at Sarah’s expense. No one has this figured out, and no one will this side of eternity. Bone up on some theological discourse and you’ll see that most theologians are able to debate this without demeaning another human being. Of course, we all know you’re not ACTUALLY asking theological questions, you just want to back-handedly (cowardly?) attack Sarah. Suit yourself, if that works for you.In other words, Ms. Quinn, how dare you question a woman who is doing God’s work. She has the right to tell you what she thinks God means, but you don’t have the right to question her about what she thinks God means. The lovely Mrs. Palin can speak about God’s plans, but you cannot nor can you question Mrs. Palin when she publicly discusses God’s plans. See how that works? God makes a very convenient screen behind which to hide.

  • theyakfisher

    Wow, loads of comments about suffering. I suggest that all of you who are interested in suffering read God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question–Why We Suffer by Bart Erhman. When you get done with that one, I recommend any of his other books like Misquoting Jesue and Jesus Interupted. These books make the hair in the neck of the right wing christian movement stand up.

  • dad15

    To Hillman 1. I cant speak for other religions, but i do know that The Catholic Religion does NOT consider it a SIN to be gay. The sin, as recognized in the Judeo-Christian tradition is that THE ACT is sinful. Everyone sins in some ways and Sin is forgivable, made so by he who gave his life to make it so. Let us concentrate on what a politician is, and does, and NOT on their religious believes or lack thereof.

  • arancia12

    How DARE you judge Sarah Palin’s intent?__________________Yes, dear. Sarah has the right to judge us but we do not have the right to judge her, not even her intent.God will judge the delightful Mrs. Palin’s intent. Perhaps she should ponder on that a bit.

  • bpbando

    FROM:GOD

  • Wildthing1

    It is what her God’s plans intends for her to do to me that has me worried!!!

  • curtb

    Sarah Palin is connected to God in the same way that George W. Bush was connected, that is, ask not how you can serve God, ask how you can be served by God. Samuel Johnson’s famous quote that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” can be also be applied to religion. Palin is a politician, recognizing that religion is a very useful tool. The holier than thou politician is no stranger to America.

  • superiorovo

    I hope God´s plan for her is that she would run for Pope in Rome, Italy and leave us alone here. We already have enough religious nuts in the U S Senate and U S Congress and the U S Supreme Court and certainly do not need one in the White House. By-the-way, God doesn´t exist so it can not be any plan for her or anyone else.

  • jef2

    I’m offended that she’s blame God for her moronic choices.

  • minco_007

    One thing for sure, if Jesus returns he better be dressed as a Republican! Or face the scorn and maybe even attempt on his life. Which of course we know would be futile. But that won’t stop Religious nuts from trying. Round and Round we go!

  • benlself

    GREAT POST SALLY!

  • foxtrot1

    Amen!

  • leberk

    To all who are not “Crackpots”, you might enjoy a non-spin interview of Sarah on Fox/O”Reilly tonight at 8P.

  • edfrienz

    I do not think it is anyone’s businesss to try to figure out what God intended for Sarah Palin. Her relationship with god is personal and not to be questioned. Let this woman and her family alone. No one knows how she feels for you are not her and you should not judge her.

  • rogied25

    Ms. Palin has shown herself to be a quitter, a liar and a hypocrite. It’s difficult to see how her behavior fulfills ANY god’s precepts.

  • amelia45

    Ms. Quinn. Excellent, excellent.For Ms. Palin to understand what you have written she would have to think – as in contemplate, consider, reflect and ponder. Face it. She doesn’t have the brain power.Nor does she have the heart of a Christian, as you so aptly show.

  • B2O2

    The very phrase “conservative Christian” is an offensive and ridiculous oxymoron, and Palin is no exception. Virtually every political belief these people express, especially these days, is a slap in the face to everything Jesus held dear and preached so passionately about. Whether it is helping the poor (rich paying more taxes than those in lower income brackets) and sick (universal health care), not judging your neighbors (for what they do in their own bedrooms) or working for peaceful solutions to conflict and tension (foreign policy), these people virulently oppose everything that it is logical to assume Jesus would favor.It’s been clear for a long time that conservative “christians” abhor Jesus and everything he stood for. How that is not laughably obvious to them as they shuffle from church to political rally and back again is one of the great apalling mysteries of modern America.

  • callosumlink

    Of all self-professed “Christians” the conservative faction are perfect mirrors are perhaps the least compassionate and loving and most likely to hold a grundge against others and maintain and even promote distrust against people they perceive as enemies. They usually mix up patriotism with Christianity-as if they are equal in imporance; according to the Bible there is only one God-thus they are not equal in imporance. Has anyone ever heard of a “conservative Christian”, as Palin claims to be, say “they love Obama and pray for him, but they just don’t agree with his policies” or something along those lines? No? Conservatives openly demonstrate their disdain and hatred for Obama and those who they perceive is anti-American. And when given the opportunity, will do or say anything without evidence to discredit him and present him as someone who is trying to indoctrinate people to accepting “evil” in our culture (via socailism or whatever-as if “socialism” can be designated evil or good to begin with). Heck, they even make issue when Obama bows to an imporant foreign figure-as if it somehow hurts national pride and thus more imporant than inducing a more open dialogue with other countries. The last time I checked this is slandering and gossiping-and that’s against Biblical principle (Leviticus, Romans, 1Timothy and etc.). The most religious of people are usually the ones least likely to recognize the log in their eyes.

  • readerny

    I’m no fan of Sarah Palin. I’m a lifelong Democrat, moderate, and disagree with her on many issues. I even find her very annoying at times. But, lately it does seem that she’s held to some different (sometimes bizarre) standards that male candidates or public figures do have to face. Perhaps we can all agree she’s out of her league, and leave it at that? Or, that even though we disagree with her, she makes easy target practice?

  • mascmen7

    Sarah Palin was baptized a Catholic shortly after being born in Idaho. Now she has fallen into the clutches of evangelicals a truncated version of Christianity which teaches a lot of errors and ignores most of the rest. So forgive Sarah for her theological mistakes as she has no idea what she is talking about.

  • B2O2

    If Jesus returned and started going around preaching that we need to give everyone health care, decrying the many Americans are still going hungry while others are phenomenally wealthy, and telling us that we should be trying to find ways to understand the Muslim world instead of antagonize them, and that it was *wonderful* that men and women love other men and women…The right wing and their pastors would denounce the man as a socialist, anti-American, immoral plague upon our country.And then they would proceed to church where they would pretend to pray to that very same man.Simply amazing, isn’t it?

  • foxtrot1

    Amen!

  • minco_007

    I do not think it is anyone’s businesss to try to figure out what God intended for Sarah Palin. Her relationship with god is personal and not to be questioned. Let this woman and her family alone. No one knows how she feels for you are not her and you should not judge her.If her relationship is so personal with god then why does she flaunt it conveniently in such a public way? Politics does not demand that anyone be so stupid as to protect such idiotic hypocrisy. She’s counting on the overwhelming need of Christian Conservatives to be right through affirmation by someone, anyone, joining their crusade of delirium. In Vain do you worship thee!

  • brekhusr

    In article with this title, in this column, I was looking forward to a closer look at the people and communities that have been a part of Palin’s spiritual life throughout her career – what they believe in, what they have stood for over the years – people like Palin’s prayer group leader of almost two decades, Alaska evangelist Mary Glazier. There are plenty of things Glazier has said that could use light shed on them…like her 9/22/2008 “warning,” sent to her prayer network, about an “imminent” terrorist attack that could leave America in mourning with Sarah Palin “stepping into an office that she was mantled for.” This, to me, is a piece of real weirdness that deserves more scrutiny.I would have liked to have seen something about whether or not, or how closely, Palin is connected to people who are praying for Obama’s assassination, and communicating their messages via bumper stickers like “”Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8” FYI, Psalm 109:8 says, “”Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” Lest anyone think this refers simply to voting Obama out in 2012, note that the verse immediately following this one reads, “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.” As it was, what I read in this column was a fairly cliched hypocrisy call-out that will inform no one; readers will find it either preposterous or obvious, and no one learns anything. I’m a Post reader since childhood, in print or online, but in this case, I found much more insightful commentary on Palin’s religion on the Daily Kos blog.

  • doppler

    My golly, Sally!You sound pretty angry at Sarah Palin in your column.What did Sarah Palin say or do to make you hit and hit and hit and hit and hit her with your mean-spirited, arrogant, condescending “questions”?Not your best work, Sally.

  • js_edit

    Excellent column. “God’s will” is a funny thing. When people win, they thank God, implying that somehow, God favors them. When they lose, they talk about “God’s will working in mysterious ways,” which is basically a cop-out, a way to avoid responsibility for their mistakes. Sure, if you score a touchdown, win an Oscar or an election, it does seem as if God is on your side. But if you lose, wouldn’t that mean that God likes the other person better? I mean, it couldn’t be because you screwed up or the other person was just better, right?The whole theology is just very confusing.

  • fd09102

    Sally, is a joke. She got a television job years ago because she married an old man who was at the time editor of the post. She bombed in a week and was gone. She has no standing to critize anyone’s religion.

  • ThishowIseeit

    Speaking of Mr. Rick Warren, does he know that gluttony is dangerous to his health and set an improper example to everyone else? No, he has no medical excuse for being so overweight.

  • bobmoses

    Yay! An intolerant liberal questioning another person’s faith followed by a bunch of comments from intolerant Christian hating bigots. Quinn’s analysis of Palin’s comment is shallow and only further evidence of the lack of intelligence that Quinn demonstrates on a regular basis. Typical OnFaith with typical liberal intolerance. Of course, there really wouldn’t be anything left to OnFaith if you removed this liberal intolerance.

  • bobmoses

    Can we get some more “tolerant” liberals telling us who and who is not living a true Christian life?The hypocrisy of liberals is laughable.

  • biercuk

    It’s inappropriate to questions anyone’s religion…unless someone uses their religious beliefs for political and personal gain.To be fair, Gov. Palin is no different than most American evangelicals. She molds her faith (or at least her public descriptions of it) to serve her political ends while ignoring inherent contradictions.

  • rfh1953

    I find Sally Quinn’s remarks on the sarcastic side, but then you have to realize who she writes for. Don’t pass judgement so easily. You point one finger at her, but how many point back to you?

  • Moosehead1

    Mmmm,There are people out there who figured out how to build a Large Hadron Collider and we are supposed to care about the rantings of someone who does not possess the skills to even read a newspaper. This is pathetic. Would you please just ignore this woman.

  • jgerring1

    Great article Sally, it is nice to see a well written commentary on what a FRAUD this woman is!!I wonder if she really thinks she has a chance in 2012, or just using the “liberal media” to get rich, which she will by writing this book.She is a major hypocrite and by going on this book tour, she is exposing herself, showing us all who she really is…did she think she would fool us??

  • jujones1

    Thanks for your article. It IS confusing, isn’t it? There’s God’s plan for us and then there’s free will. Maybe when we die, we’re all in for a big surprise? I picture a God with a great sense of humor and am hoping for one that doesn’t mind when we cop out so often – and fail to forgive those who trespass against us…

  • spence10_3

    Harsh… of course Sarah is not perfect. Maybe she is back slidden (Christianese for not currently walking with the Lord), I do not know. It is not for me to condemn, or you either. I would be careful about calling God out like that.It is ridiculous to type a whole commentary on her religion when you seem to have little if any understanding of it. Perhaps a bit more research on your end next time… the Bible is the perfect resource on topics such as these.If she is not in God’s perfect will for her life, that is her question to come to God with, not a topic you should be commenting on.Then again, Christians are the only hypocrites on the face of the earth.May Christ in His love and mercy reveal Himself to all of us.

  • lsanthem

    Good article and right on!

  • jfrishko

    This is the worst articleI have seen from Sally Quinn. The questions she poses are catty and I think she is envious of Palin. I think God would have told her to not to abort her down syndrome baby, but he didn’t have to–it was her desire not to kill an infant just because it wasn’t perfect. Sally, wh do successul women hate sucessful women?

  • obx2004

    Sarah Palin is just proof that God has a sense of humour.

  • phiggits

    I’m still trying to figure out what it is about Sarah Palin that simultaneously fascinates liberals and makes them hate her. Surely there are many other politicians who are “out of their league” or “hypocritical” or “annoying.” The only answer I can come up with is fear. Some folks must fear that she is electable. Otherwise, what’s the point in such vitriol?

  • onestring

    Wow. Right on the mark!Palin is ignorant, a loser, a quitter, a hypocrite, a member of secessionist AKIP, and personally responsible for her own failures in life, and in politics.I hope many republicans follow her lead.

  • norriehoyt

    Your article attempts to parse Sarah’s “Thoughts”.You’d do better interrogating a tortoise on General Relativity.

  • justfine

    It’s unfortunate that I encountered many Sarah Palins in organized religion when I was young. Had I encountered more of the Sally Quinns or Rick Warrens, maybe I would have an organized religion that I participated instead of celebrating my spiritual beliefs solely by myself or with my family. Great article Sally!

  • rbaldwin2

    This woman clearly made a friend in the Voodoo community and obviously still practices today. The earlier comment that talked about ‘…interrogating a tortoise on General Relativity’ versus trying to parse Palin’s thoughts seemed HIGHLY appropriate. Palin seems to be to fundamentally inept to grasp even the minor concepts of issues and problems that afflict the world’s people and worse yet, doesn’t seem to care if Rush Limbaugh tells her not to…THAT’S scary…

  • agapn9

    Theologians talk about God’s will in 2 ways – what He ultimately wishes for each and every one of us and what He permits.Now God permits bad things to have to good people, and history bears witness to that.But what God’s will is for each of us is for each one of us to be full of charity – that is the same love God has for us we have for all others.Sarah is talking about discerning the will of God and then having made a discernment following the Divine Impulse. If Sarah discerned that God called her to try and be Vice President then I think she made a poor discernment because God never calls us to something we can’t do.But Sarah was lot of fun and she added a lot of excitment to the contest.

  • sammsammus

    The hypocrisy of liberals may be laughable. However the hypocrisy of conservatives is disgusting. And Sarah Palin? I remember something about a camel going through the eye of a needle. Is she donating all the proceeds of her book to people less fortunate? Yea I’ll bet she is.

  • Chaotician

    The absurdity of the questions for God certainly are entertaining and reflect the utter nonsense of a personal relationship with the Christian God regarding the path of one’s life! It might have seemed reasonable when the limits of God’s work was some 1000 miles from where one was standing; but now that we have a 15 Billion year old universe, Billions of Light Years in diameter, and probably expanding; with billions of Suns and Billions of Billions of planets; the notion of some entity having a personal interest in a life form on the 3rd rock from a nondescript star on the edge of a remote galaxy is simply to comical to consider. Such ignorance can no longer be tolerated!

  • minco_007

    I’m still trying to figure out what it is about Sarah Palin that simultaneously fascinates liberals and makes them hate her. Surely there are many other politicians who are “out of their league” or “hypocritical” or “annoying.” The only answer I can come up with is fear. Some folks must fear that she is electable. Otherwise, what’s the point in such vitriol?phiggits

  • xRay2

    If Mrs. Palin is such an idiot as the left would have us believe, why do they keep dedicating valuable media resources to the task of destroing her ? Sally Quinn’s column etc. make me wonder why they are so afraid of her ?

  • joe100821

    Money. Money. Money Money. That’s what Sarah is all about. Seems to be the sign of the times on Wall Street too.

  • TOTE

    Sally Quinn, re: Sarah Palin’s belief, faith, etc, surmises:>>I find it all very confusing.You’re not alone, Sally. So does most of the rest of mankind. You see, in Jesus Christ’s revelation to John, in Chpt 12, verse 9 of that same Revelation, we see the inspired word of the spiritual state this world is in, that is, the adversary deceives the whole world. In context..the world, as a whole. You do not understand perhaps because you do not see your literal being on this earth is for a purpose far greater than being a descendent of an amoeba from the slime pits. How wonderfully we humans can create good (and sadly, bad) things….yet we are so puny as to totally disregard something could have designed us. Center of the universe we are?……….not.

  • mshapiro2

    Sarah is a foolish woman who uses her foolish religious beliefs to explain away anything she doesn’t like. She lucked out being foolishly picked for VP candidate and has left politics to focus on cashing in on a book to take advantage of the one thing she has and never deserved … short-lived fame. Luckily, she will make her ill-earned money and go away soon.

  • heynow63

    Anybody want to guess who said this?Today Christians … stand at the head of [this country] … I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity .. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit … We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press—in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past … [few] years. A. Sarah PalinGood Luck!

  • Wiggan

    Hey Sally Quinn,Nice job making fun of Sarah Palin’s religious beliefs. It is not every day you see someone at the Post practicing religious intolerance as you have done. Can we expect a sexist or racist article from you in the future?

  • bobmoses

    “Remember Gary’s rule, ” there are only two kinds of republicans, rich ones and stupid ones. Which are you?”Sounds like Gary is an idiot and is no different than the idiots who mindlessly believe that Democrats are all flawed.Basically, if you think that anyone who is a member of the other party is inherently flawed, then you are a mindlessly partisan idiot. Like Gary.

  • DrWho2

    Its funny to me how many people attribute their will to being God’s Will. In fact, I believe God gave us Free Will, which means God does not make the decisions on every thing that happens or that we do. But there is also karma, so there are consequences to our decisions.

  • mftill

    Sally Quinn critiquing anyone else’s religious beliefs/behavior is a LAUGH riot!

  • bobmoses

    HEYNOW63 – LOL. Another mindless partisan comparing politicians who does not share their narrow minded views to Hitler. Mindless partisans are all the same, whether they are conservative mindless partisans or in your case, liberal mindless partisans.Now that you have done your silly copying and pasting of your Hitler quote, please explain what is has to do with any of the people you are smearing with your list. Of course, doing so might require thinking, so I doubt you will be able to.

  • bobmoses

    JEROMEJMARKIEWICZ “Sarahs God is some character that sits in an overstuffed chair,high above the Earth,who sends down bolts of lighting to punnish Liberals,Socialists,Gays,and all other unwashed groups. He picks winners and losers,you can call him toll free to punnish your enemy,he then checks the voter registation records,to determine the level of wrath he will deliver to us mortals.Please explain what Palin ever said to justify your hateful screed. Or is it just a product of your bigoted mind?

  • Nymous

    I think she’s spent too much time staring off into the distance at Russia, you know, the place she can see from her house…She’s pretty egotistical for sure, but the rest is hard to pin down as other than being full of herself, and generally full of crap.

  • 1244lkm

    I am always amused to find that fans of Ms. Palin assume liberals fear her, as she is strong and we must be so weak. How ridiculous. She fascinates because she has enthralled so many on the right, who find her combination of know-nothingness and you-betcha so compelling. We are intrigued by her because we are watching her lead her fans, the incredible shrinking Republican party of white Southern men and teabagging angry “populists” who have no idea what that term describes, over an electoral cliff. She endorsed exactly one candidate this year, a non-Republican who did not live in his purported district, who managed to lose a seat held by the Republicans since Reconstruction to a Democrat. Thanks, Sarah. Keep on being such a tough, strong leader.

  • bobmoses

    DRWHO2 “Its funny to me how many people attribute their will to being God’s Will.”it’s funny to me how many mindless partisans can’t read. Nothing Palin said had anything to do with God’s will being her will.Try actually reading before judging. You might not look so foolish. Maybe Quinn will join you.

  • Geschichte

    I know when you say “I find it all very confusing” you mean “Sarah Palin and those like her are stupid.” Certainly you are not really saying that she might understand something that you can’t understand. Don’t you think this is a bit ‘Beckish.’I think you need to read a little bit of what is called conservative theology. This might help you understand Palin and those like her. Certainly if you host a religion forum you don’t expect to understand the total mind of God – that seem a bit pretentious.

  • bobmoses

    1244LKM -Can you share any more mindlessly partisan talking points with us? LOLYour rhetoric is as empty as it is shrill. Go on believing that anyone who dares not share your narrow minded views is inherently flawed. In this way, you are no different at all from Palin’s most rabid and least tolerant supporters.

  • heynow63

    BOBMOSES Wins! HEYNOW!Does anyone think Buchanan or Dobson would disagree with the sentiments of the quote? I don’t. People that use their purported Christianity to obtain power are just evil, I don’t care what political party they belong to.

  • zenwick

    @BOBMOSESI’m feeling a bit slighted that you didn’t deem me worthy of being insulted. There are a lot of other demented libs like me here, who are just as worthy of insult as the ones you actually insulted. Fair is fair. If you’re going to insult one person for saying things with which you disagree, then you should insult everyone.

  • joe_allen_doty

    Some folks literally believe that since Sarah Palin spent most of her growing up years and several years of her adult life attending Wasilla Assembly of God that she is a tongue-talking Pentecostal. A previous pastor of that church who had baptized her in water when she was a young girl that while he was her pastor admitted to not being being Pentecostal the General Council of the Assmblies of God way. Therefore, the services were like some modern Southern Baptist Church services. Palin’s spokesperson said Palin was NOT a Pentecostal.

  • kedavis

    O-u-c-hShe is angry at the campaign staffer for “forcing her to do things she didn’t want to do”, she is angry at the media for asking her questions she couldn’t answer. She is angry at the father of her grandson for being a foolish teenager. She has used this book and all of her Christian charity to do nothing but settle scores. She names names and calls ’em like she see ’em. And she doesn’t see ’em the way God might. They are all of his children. Dxmn

  • bobmoses

    HeyNow – “Does anyone think Buchanan or Dobson would disagree with the sentiments of the quote?”Yes”I don’t.”Of course not. You are a mindless partisan who compares people you don’t like to Hitler, just like your mindless partisan peers in Glen Beck’s audience.”People that use their purported Christianity to obtain power are just evil”I don’t disagree with you. However, you seem to be accusing anyone who does not share your narrow minded views and is also a Christian of doing this. Like all mindless and intolerant partisans, demagoguery is second nature to you,

  • joe_allen_doty

    Most so-called “Conservative Theology” is no even Scripturally correct. In fact, it is not scripturally correct to self-identify as “Christian.” The Greek-speaking pagans in Antioch, Syria coined the epithet to make fun of those who preached about the “Anointed” (which, when transliterated from the Greek is “Christos”). Jesus’ followers during the 1st Century AD called themselves “Believers.” And they called their doctrinal beliefs “The Way.” Rick Warren is a hypocrite. He pretends to be friends with gay people and yet believes they are unrepentant sinners.

  • MHinNC

    heynow63, 4:27 PM gives us a great quote and asks who said it.It was Hitler! (I love Google!)

  • gimpi

    “As a Christian, I have much more respect for the atheist who says that there is no God and lives their life according to their own ethic. The liberal Christian (or the make-believer) is actually more cunning and subversive to men’s souls because they use Biblical words but for them they are destitute of all biblical meaning. To call them a Christian is really a misnomer, and should be exposed.”I’m sorry, but you don’t get to decide who is a Christian and who isn’t. Your view of your cannon is only one, and there are many (most Roman Catholics, to name one large group) who disagree with your definition. The liberal Christian is often every bit as strong in their beliefs as the conservative, and is always every bit as entitled to them. You don’t get to define other people’s beliefs for them. To quote another Christian writer, Rick Warren, “It’s not about you.”About Ms. Quinn’s view of Mrs. Palin’s book, all I read here is someone who found Mrs. Palin’s views disingenuous and inconsistent. Ms Quinn has every right to that view, just as you have the right to support Mrs. Palin. Her views are, indeed, shared by more people than yours are, according to current polling. Why do you object to her writing them? If you don’t like the program, change the channel. As to your earlier post, regarding “belittling God,” she is in no way deriding your concept of God. She is simply expressing her own view of God. It’s different than yours, so her views are different. What is wrong with that?As to those who always, no matter what the topic is, if Ms. Quinn dares to write on anything, bring up her past personal life, grow up, please. You’re not adding anything to the conversation, you’re just embarrassing yourselves.

  • ctw46

    Sally thanks for reminding us of the need for forgiveness on all our parts. There is a biblical mandate that we must forgive in order to be forgiven. One would hope that Governor Palin will ultimately discover at some future time, what you have effectively tried to convey to her. If she grasped your presentation it would change her life and result in humility and compassion. Another Biblical observation could be helpful for Sarah, Pride often precedes (comes before) a fall. I wouldn’t wish that for anyone.Thanks again for an insightful article, you made my day. And yes, I am a conservative, a forgiving one.Dr. Phillips

  • bobmoses

    KEDAVIS”They are all of his children.Yeah and so is Palin, her family and all of the other people attacked much more viciously by mindless partisans on this blog.The selective outrage of mindless partisans is laughable.

  • theAnswerIs42

    God told me today for people to stop incriminating himself in every immoral act or thing they do. Please leave the supreme being out of our stupid ways.

  • sprayadhesive

    Is this the same Sally Quinn that slept with her husband’s best friend? Surely not as she would be a hypocrite in critizing Sarah Palin. IF I am correct, then Quinn is not a Christian as adultry is a sin.

  • bobmoses

    CTW46 – Do you or Sally have any more guidelines on how a “real” Christian should think?Seems to me that Palin made a pretty simple comment that she has faith in her God’s plans. Somehow Quinn distorted this simple comment into some claim that Palin knows what this plan is, a claim she never came close to implying.Quinn’s commentary is partisan, dishonest and very shallow.

  • aahpat

    When you folks, of all political prejudices, stand in front of your God She is going to b i t c h slap the lot of you. Including Sarah Palin and Sally Quinn.

  • alance

    What’s up with the majority of Washington Post’s columnists standing in line to promote Palin’s book? Every time one of them attacks her she sells another 10,000 books. Is there a contest going on, or in their heart of hearts they are praying she will be the GOP nominee for president in 2012?You would think that instead of helping Palin, they would be encouraging the loyal opposition party to groom some moderates for political office.Attacking Palin is so easy. A child with only a double digit IQ could attack her with ease. God forbid Sally Quinn’s remarks might be helping this charlatan become our next president.

  • Bitter_Bill

    Sally Quinn has it in for God as a result of her son’s learning disability. This should not impugn Sarah Palin. These days, where you fall on the crucial issue of Sarah Palin tells the rest of us all we need to know about your character. You’re either A) a scum-sucking, terror-loving elitist or B) a radical, tea bag-loving simpleton. Yet believe it or not, one can admire Palin’s charisma and roots, appreciate her dissent on the policy experiments brainy folks in Washington are cooking up, and, at the same time, believe she has no business running for president in 2012.

  • sophic

    So I see Sally Quinn, you’re being judgemental….shame on you…

  • votingrevolution

    Sally, you sound more like a jezebel then anything to do with a christian.Why does little old Sarah threaten you Libbie’s so ? Does it have anything to do with that she actually tries to practice and sets a standard that you cant ? So like a jealous little girl you try to tear her down to your morally challenged level.GROW UP !!!

  • bcamarda2

    After reading this, it occurred to me that Sally Quinn and Sarah Palin have way more in common than they think they do.

  • DwightCollins

    since when do you have any idea on what Christianity is anyway…

  • chrojo01

    Even as someone with very serious misgivings about Sarah Palin, I find this critical piece about her useless, insulting, and downright illogical and stupid. As a Christian, I see the Post’s “On Faith” junk section as quite worthless and frequently promoting immorality anyway. I don’t like the quitter Palin but I don’t like phony moralizing by liberals even moreso.

  • t_seitz_brown

    Conservative Christians, secular atheists, agnostics, gnostics, new agers, progressives, liberals, fundamentalists, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Socialists, Muslims, Jews, Sally Quinn, Sarah Palin, here is the preemptive offering “first strike” of forgiveness… you are loved, beloved, treasured. Period. No ifs, ands, or buts. The next step is up to you.

  • walker1

    Has Palin driven the wooden stake through the heart of the GOP then nailed the coffin shut?With GOP support already dropping to 17% and new “Conservative” Parties springing up across the nation could GOP support reach single figures?

  • arbednelra

    All religious people use the ‘Smorgasbord” approach, mainly because they really have not a choice. Why would she be any different.The Smorgasbord approach is necessary, regardless of the religion one practices, as they are ‘require’ some type of ‘non – humanistic’ behavior which is not natural for people. Thus, to survive, they rationalize, create their own definitions, and work to live best they can within the religious malaise into which they were born …or married into…or which life trauma sent them running for cover.Sarah is no different. the bigger questions – which I wish you or someone would address is what ever happened to separation from ‘Church and State” doctrine? Was it just words – it certainly seems to be as they all seek the religious vote and become ‘moralists’ of a different kind to ‘get it’. Tough place to go- much easier to simply stay out of it.The real question is one of key premises (and promises) of America Government to ensure freedom from religion (especially religious tyranny) or was it founded on freedom ‘for religion’? My hope is the latter. If not, than it is only a matter of ‘which religious’ leader gets into office so that they can impose their particular religious belief’s on the American people whether we like it or not.Food for thought.

  • tmccarty86

    Sally Quinn is a Donkey! I can’t believe the Post allows her space with her “news reporting”. A classic was Tim Russert’s views on religion. Who cares what Tim Russert thought about religion? He was a reporter . . . not a religious figure. Why doesn’t she ask me about my thoughts on religion? Oh yeah my name might not attract search engines.

  • onthejourney

    What does Sarah Palin writing a book have to do with God’s plan? The Devine gave all a talent to find and use, that doesn’t make Sarah special because she went to summer camp and was inspired by scripture. Sally – your soap box was wasted energy on this topic.

  • honorswar26

    Now, I haven’t yet read Sarah’s book, but I have seen the Oprah interview, listened to what Sarah has said on the campaign trail as well as in various magazine articles. I just can’t get over the mean-spirited comments that so many liberals make here about Sarah Palin. There are many Christians who would agree with her that Levi’s choice to pose for Playgirl would be essentially pornographic. Certainly, the media has shown a great bias against Sarah in its unbalanced reporting, calling her “inexperienced” while fawning over Barack Obama whose experience was no greater than Sarah’s (and in many eyes was measurably inferior) Many of the media’s quotes of Sarah were taken out of context or just plain altered to suit the liberal media’s agenda. That is dishonesty of the highest order. “promoting Sarah’s book”? Hardly, most of the Post’s reports on Sarah and her book continue to try to cast an unduly negative tone. If Sarah chooses to be critical of McCain campaign handlers, she’s probably right. Why send her to a liberal journalist first like Couric instead of to friendlier (and more balanced) interviewers from Fox News for example? Duh? How stupid could the McCain people be? I’d be angry with them too.

  • GregJolysGhost

    Why are you libs so afraid of her? Can you tell us without getting hysterical?

  • pflippin

    Whoa, the vitriol against Ms. Quinn is quite astounding, and quite personal. Her article has obviously struck a very sensitive nerve in many souls. The sheer volume and vituperative nature of many of the responses, is indicative of a common nerve she seems to have plucked. Could it be that her truth is a clarion call,that scares and threatens many of the intolerant fanatical “true believers” Ms. Palin represents? God help us all, especially if Ms. Palin gets elected or appointed to any major federal government position.

  • nnor44

    onthejourney worships “the Devine”? Andy Devine? We know Americans are a bizarre lot, but WTF?

  • sleye8478

    WOW! I’m not religious and I have strong dislike for Palin and her views but, I thought this column was unnecessarily nasty and inappropriate.

  • lwthatsme

    Judge not lest you be judged.

  • tigman_2

    Palin told Oprah that running for President wasn’t on her radar now. If God speaks to her and gives her confidence that it is his plan for her to run, I guess it will be back on her radar. Whatever God and She decide between them will be our destiny I suppose. Stick THAT in your Constitution and smoke it!!

  • bluelagoon21

    Don’t blame Sarah Moose for this but people who see something, anything positive in this joke. About 30 percent in America are zombies, they can’t just think rationally and that is very distressing , indeed.

  • IgnorantHillbilly

    Sally Quinn’s demonstrates the spirit of anti-Christ in this little diatribe against Palin and Palin’s Biblical understanding of God. Jesus himself said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7). The Bible over and over again teaches that God is personal (i.e., he is not a process; he is not energy-matter-time-and-chance), that he is sovereign (i.e., in control of the universe and with a plan for the universe), and he is involved in the smallest details of the universe. I understand the highbrow apostates like Quinn and Meachem reject this, but they don’t need to rail against the biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God every week in their so-called “On Faith” blog. (It really should be renamed the “anti-Christ” or “anti-Christian” blog—that is more accurate.) There is an interesting verse in Luke 12 right after Jesus declares that God is in control: “Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven” (Luke 12:8-10). If there is a personal God as the Bible declares, and as I believe, those who belittle him will be punished.

  • EvieE

    Christian doctrine holds two opposing concepts: predestination and free will. In other words, God has a plan for each individual’s life, but because every one is also allowed to make his or her own choices (rather than behaving like a puppet on a string), each person can choose to do what he or she wishes to do in both great and small matters. Even so, the eventual outcome will be the one that God has planned–a concept similar to Hegal’s dialectic, which keeps political matters on an even keel. While these beliefs may sound inconsistent to unbelievers, they explain why Sarah Palin believes she sees God’s divine plan for her life, yet they also allow for deviations from that Master Plan. Sally Quinn’s editorial, while attempting to demean Governor Palin also disparages not only Christian evangelicals but also mainline Protestants and Roman and Orthodox Catholics as well–a rather wide group to satirize.

  • IgnorantHillbilly

    Sally Quinn’s demonstrates the spirit of anti-Christ in this little diatribe against Palin and Palin’s Biblical understanding of God. Jesus himself said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7). The Bible over and over again teaches that God is personal (i.e., he is not a process; he is not energy-matter-time-and-chance), that he is sovereign (i.e., in control of the universe and with a plan for the universe), and he is involved in the smallest details of the universe. I understand the highbrow apostates like Quinn and Meachem reject this, but they don’t need to rail against the biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God every week in their so-called “On Faith” blog. (It really should be renamed the “anti-Christ” or “anti-Christian” blog—that is more accurate.)

  • IgnorantHillbilly

    Sally Quinn’s demonstrates the spirit of anti-Christ in this little diatribe against Palin and Palin’s Biblical understanding of God. Jesus himself said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7). The Bible over and over again teaches that God is personal (i.e., he is not a process; he is not energy-matter-time-and-chance), that he is sovereign (i.e., in control of the universe and with a plan for the universe), and he is involved in the smallest details of the universe. I understand that highbrows like Quinn and Meachem reject this, but they don’t need to rail against the biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God every week in their so-called “On Faith” blog. (It really should be renamed the “anti-Christ” or “anti-Christian” blog—that is more accurate.) There is an interesting verse in Luke 12 right after Jesus declares that God is in control: “Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven” (Luke 12:8-10). If there is a personal God as the Bible declares, and as I believe, those who belittle him will be punished.

  • IgnorantHillbilly

    Sally Quinn’s demonstrates the spirit of anti-Christ in this little diatribe against Palin and Palin’s Biblical understanding of God. Jesus himself said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7). The Bible over and over again teaches that God is personal (i.e., he is not a process; he is not energy-matter-time-and-chance), that he is sovereign (i.e., in control of the universe and with a plan for the universe), and he is involved in the smallest details of the universe. I understand that highbrows like Quinn and Meachem reject this, but they don’t need to rail against the biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God every week in their so-called “On Faith” blog. (It really should be renamed the “anti-Christ” or “anti-Christian” blog—that is more accurate.) There is an interesting verse in Luke 12 right after Jesus declares that God is in control: “Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven” (Luke 12:8-10). If there is a personal God as the Bible declares, and as I believe, those who belittle him will be punished.

  • papafritz571

    Any honest questions about Ms Palin’s veracity and how she explains her “Christian beliefs” have to pass the pseudo-christian’s truth tests. These pseudos posting here, seem to believe that Ms Quinn is unChristian because she asks questions. This tells me, they have great doubts about their own beliefs and refuse to stand them up to the challenge of investigation. Why are they so defensive about answering simple and direct questions, that asks for legitimacy in what God taught us.And how pray tell, can anyone who offers these questions, be immediately determined as “liberals”, by those to refuse to proof their beliefs? As a Catholic I have always been open to challenge my faiths dictates and have been very vocal about the pedophilic priests who for centuries been allowed to prey and do evil things to the children in their captivity. One cannot make the faith stand on God’s words unless one is willing to call out those who diminish it with falseness and evil actions. Ms Palin has so far demonstrated just how willing and eager she is for fame and fortune, and is only proving that she is rather self-serving in every action she takes.Anyone who allows her socalled Pastor pray the witches away from her, should be ready to be challenged about just who is her God. Is her faith in the one true God so shallow that she needs a mere mortal to scare away witches. And to all of you pseudo-christians here posting, your own faith in our one true God appears to be so wobbly that you resort to politicizing a legitimate questioning about Ms Palin’s beliefs by calling the questioners a political name. There is only one God who is called by many names, and one doesn’t need some phony pastor praying against witches, instead of justing asking for God’s protection from evil.

  • IgnorantHillbilly

    Sally Quinn’s demonstrates the spirit of anti-Christ in this little diatribe against Palin and Palin’s Biblical understanding of God. Jesus himself said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7). The Bible over and over again teaches that God is personal (i.e., he is not a process; he is not energy-matter-time-and-chance), that he is sovereign (i.e., in control of the universe and with a plan for the universe), and he is involved in the smallest details of the universe. I understand that highbrows like Quinn and Meachem reject this, but they don’t need to rail against the biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God every week in their so-called “On Faith” blog. (It really should be renamed the “anti-Christ” or “anti-Christian” blog—that is more accurate.)

  • Pogoagain

    Good questions Ms. Quinn. Those commentators here who deride you do not show the spirit of Christ.Debate of free will and predistination has spanned the centuries, as have the claims of those who see success as the indicator of God’s blessings.The Holy Spirit, my friend, is not so impressed with that. It is the inner being demonstrated by the outward acts– the fruits of the Spirit– that define discipleship.Christians are charged with making disciples, those who act in love and charity; we are not charged with accumulation of things or position to attract followers.

  • Pogoagain

    sorry the word is predestination, my fingers hit the wrong key.

  • ohwell1

    May GOD continue to bless Sally and Sarah!

  • SayWhat4

    Sally – The smallness of your mind is only exceeded by the smallness of your bitter heart.

  • unojklhh1

    Again, why is Sally Quinn lecturing us on Christianity? She stole another woman’s husband. Not exactly Christlike. I’m no fan of Palin, but Quinn should not be the point person on criticizing her, nor should Quinn have anything to do with a blog on “Faith.”

  • revbookburn

    It is sad that this unstable person with so little to offer aligns herself with the most extreme Christian mullahs in our nation. How unfortunate that outfits even worse than the C Street cult can manipulate a public figure and bring our nation closer to a theocracy. Rev. Bookburn – Radio Volta

  • niner09

    What visceral comments starting with the Sally. What are you afraid of? Oh I forgot, you must have learned revisionist history of America – you know the part that tells the story of the harrowing journey of Christians to come to this country to flee persecution – not to mention our founding father’s … hate to tell ya’ they looked to the scriptures for direction. They shed their blood to create this great county. We ‘were’ the global leader. Leave it to a Christian Latina to remind ‘Sally’. For a contingent that is so ‘bent’ on political correctness and embracing ‘diversity’ – this is bs, or excuse … situational ‘ethics’ at best. Not to mention that you ‘represent’ the ‘expert’ faith panel? Wow.Christians are persecuted in America while the Muslims are handled with kid gloves. Unbelievable. Thanks for selling us out. Pink slips are coming.

  • kmgleesburg

    Wow if she were Liberal you would never attack her Religion but hey your a Hater just like all Liberals who have this group mindthink you know like the soviet union. Its simple Sarah Palin is a Dangerous person to be destroyed at all cost. The comments here reflex the people who dont have 5 or more children or name there kids willow or trig and tell there Friends oh your child is going to be slightly retarded oh get an Abortion today plus liberals will never attack a Feminist but sally quinn cant attack this woman at will then go on Orelliy and never be asked about it. The truth is conservative woman must be eliminated at all cost nothing new here sad but true

  • niner09

    @Fstanton66 – we all have a right to correct the record and free speech. It is not mindless to make things right. Over 7000 negative articles were written about her in the short time she’s been on the scene – compared to 3000 negative articles for Hillary and she’s been around for….how long?It is unfortunate that the only glimpses most people get of Sarah is crappy press. The press is DEAD. No longer objective. The Couric interview was a snippit of a 9-hour long visit with Couric. It would be interesting to see what ended up on the cutting room floor. If you have not read the book and have come to conclusions bases on snippits and covers of magazines, that’s pretty weak. This is all about slamming Christians at the end of the day … period. Nothing new under the sun. Sad day in America. Sarah will hold her own…

  • mradams

    You hit the nail on the head. A good deal of people think that the bigger hypocrite you are, the better christian you are. Weird.

  • paulcallanan

    All of Ms. Quinn’s questions seem well reasoned, and well considered. I can’t say the same for the many comments made by Ms Palin in her book, and I have made an earnest effort to approach this without prior prejudice. Unless those so strongly chastising Ms Quinn for her questions and comments can say they have no prior prejudice in their consideration, they are little more than slaves to the prejudices Ms. Palin has. Is that really what you want and think is best for all?

  • kparc

    Palin is a MILF. And the Repubs love that fact she is a good lil’ christian girl, which means she has to SUBMIT to her husband. OH – those LONG cold nights in Alaska – as a great lil’ jewish poet wrote, “The snow may be cold – but our love can be bold.”

  • bob2davis

    Let’s face: this god of yours must be pretty evil to spend so much time on sarah palin while millions and millions of people die every day from starvation and disease. Only small minds could believe in such a pathetic entity who ignores the suffering of many but has time to bestows riches on a simpleton like palin. Get some common sense!

  • JillCalifornia

    I just received a message from God. He wanted to know why millions of children on the planet earth die each year of poverty.

  • hughes_168

    For a Canadian like me, this is a learning experience! That in America even an intellectually bankrupt can indeed make a few million bucks, if they are able to come up with a book! And I will bet my last dollar: Palin did not write the book herself. There was some ghost writer who did. All that she did was to repeat parrot like, her now often times heard lines. I saw her being played out on CNN yesterday. Talking about Israel’s settlements she said: “Israel needs to continue to build these settlements. Because there is this amazing thing happening. Jewish people around the World are flocking to Israel to settle there. So they need to expand. Where will they find houses for them?” Had Palin been a woman of any other ethnicity other than a Caucasian, it is inconceivable that she would have had as much of a following as she has and the money she is set to make. It also shows the downside of America. It is pathetic. Any other place & time, this woman would have been in oblivion long time ago. Thank you McCain for being such an enduring Santa Claus!

  • jameschirico

    You can knock Sarah’s lack of acumen and Levi’s posing and doing the talk show circuit, but both are cashing out, Sarah big time with 5 million Fox News fans buying her book and large coin for speeches. She may get a Hoffman to make NY23 Democratic for the first time in a century, but millions made with her book vs using her own coin defending ethics charges as Governor spending 10 times the time. On Hannity she thought it would be good to profile all Muslims for terrorism during a Hasan discussion. The armed forces has Christian and Islamic chaplains that should be looked into to pushing religion to fundamentalist extremes. Same for a Sikh hellbent for revenge because of Mumbai.

  • DrWho2

    DRWHO2

  • schmitt_fam

    This was truly a snarky piece by Sally. She obviously rejects evangelical theology and looks down on those who believe and trust in God. I have lost a lot of respect for her and this column because of this piece.

  • marrob5

    Not to worry. Sally will rightfully be called on the carpet for either her hypocrisy, or her idiocy,or both. She will then go on Bill O’Reilly’s show and say she didn’t mean any of it.

  • BobSanderson

    Sally did a fine job in posing the kinds of questions that drive hypocrites (and their supporters!) of all persuasions to anger and further hypocrisy to cover for the cause. If you fervently and publicly wave the flag and values of any religion or political group as a measure of the fine person you are, then you might be held to your own standards. This can happen just as publicly.What is so wrong and unfair about asking Sarah about Sarah’s ability to faithfully follow her chosen path and its values? How is this an attack on all Christians? They have nothing to do with Sarah’s ambition, lying and greed! Most of them lead quiet and private lives honestly following their beliefs.More importantly, Sarah uses her Christianity to attack, judge and belittle those not as fortunate as her to have been picked by the lord to do God’s work of writing a bestselling revenge book? Should we be able to discuss this? Not in her world as God’s chosen instrument to settle minor political scores and sell many books! She has blanket immunity and followers to attack us to make sure we know it.I never cease to be amazed at how demagogues can, in every age, gather loyal and misinformed followers by simply appealing to their fears and prejudices.

  • kham1234

    It appears to me that if any one who talks about somebody’s un-christianity is labeled as anti-christianity.

  • kesac

    Sally Quinn has made a mockery of this column that she claims is about faith. She continues to mock and trivialize the faith of all others, while holding herself up as the judge of others trials.

  • caraodactyl

    I hope you are judged as much as Sarah Palin is for being such a moron. Seriously, God works in mysterious ways and for you to ask what His plan is for her is beyond insulting. You aren’t a journalist, you are a liberal hatemonger.

  • AmzgGrce

    You know ms quinn you show an amazing lack of understanding of Christianity for someone who is supposedly on the WP’s “On Faith” forums. Perhaps you are the forums athesitic representative. True and Faithful Christians ARE allowed to get angry, True and Faithful Christians do fail in things they try to do. Their families are far from perfect and a Christians behavior isn’t always perfect but you don’t seem to understand that. You seem to be living under the common misconception that as soon as one declares themself to be Christian they must be perfect or be subjected to the attacks of people such as yourself. People like you must actually be pretty unhappy people since you, like some historical biblical figures, expect more of a Christian than God does and thus you attempt to ridicule Christians for any and every failure instead of trying to encourage a Christian. By tearing down Christians such as the imperfect Sarah Palins of the world, you are also demeaning yourself but demonstrating your lack of understanding and inability to forgive others. You too need God’s and others forgiveness and hopefully you will learn before you meet your God. You’d also best pray that he doesn’t use your standards to judge you as you are judging others.

  • niner09

    What visceral comments starting with the Sally. What are you afraid of? Oh I forgot, you must have learned revisionist history of America – you know the part that tells the story of the harrowing journey of Christians to come to this country to flee persecution – not to mention our founding father’s … hate to tell ya’ they looked to the scriptures for direction. They shed their blood to create this great county. We ‘were’ the global leader. Leave it to a Christian Latina to remind ‘Sally’. For a contingent that is so ‘bent’ on political correctness and embracing ‘diversity’ – this is bs, or excuse situationl ‘ethics’ at best. Not to mention that you ‘represent’ the ‘expert’ faith panel? Wow.Christians are persecuted in America while the Muslims are handled with kid gloves. Unbelievable. Thanks for selling us out. Pink slips are coming.

  • sprayadhesive

    Hope everyone just watched Sally on Bill O’Reiley’s show. He made her look so stupid, small and insignificant. Love, love, loved it!!!!!

  • cassisaari

    “His book, “A Purpose Driven Life” has sold more books in English than any other book in history except for the Bible.”False. Not even close.

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  • orange2

    Thank you Sally Quinn, for asking the critical questions that certainly should be asked. We have far too many fools, charlatons, and con artists getting a pass on reprehensible behavior just because they say that they are doing God’s Will, and they “have faith”.

  • heynow63

    Sarah Palin’s religous philosophy reminds me of a speech given by a world leader who is quoted below:Today Christians … stand at the head of [this country] … I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity .. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit … We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press—in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past … [few] years.

  • skybride56

    Excellent article. I expect she has been doing Joel Osteen whom I find equally repugnant. Next thing you know she’ll be like Limbaugh…when his callers are answered by him they all swoon!

  • phiggits

    phiggitsPOSTED BY: MINCO_007 | NOVEMBER 18, 2009 4:15 PM ———————–Your post is rife with assumptions about me. I am a conservative, but not a christian conservative. I didn’t want Sarah Palin (or John McCain for that matter) as my nominee in ’08. Name calling is the easiest avenue, but a reasoned argument has a better shot at persuasion. I’m not particularly religious myself, but I fear religious bigotry as much as I do religious zealotry. Do you find yourself having negative thoughts when speaking about religion?And did you just imply that I would celebrate our President’s death? I served 22 years in the US Navy to ensure that our fine republic survives. As much as I disagree with President Obama’s worldview, he’s my President as much as he is yours. A little forethought and restraint would serve you well prior to your next post. I suspect you can do better than a wild, ad hominem swing in the dark.

  • pdwatson

    Sally Quinn hit it right on the mark. Sarah Palin is the worst kind of opportunist. She will become whatever it takes to achieve her ultimate goal of power. It is sad that so many good people are duped by her. She is using religion as a vehicle to achieve her personal agenda. She tries to divide people so that she can move ahead. As a Catholic, I find Palin to be the biggest hypocrite in politics in a long, long time.

  • SusanMarie2

    You have to have faith to understand faith. God’s plan allows for mistakes, trials and tribulations along the way. When she says that she believes there are no coincidences I think she means that whether it be a mistake or something truly divine, it all adds up to the final outcome and what can be learned from it. You have to witness and believe in the small miracles to believe in the big miracles and that it is all destiny. Most of all, if you have faith you don’t doubt it or question it, you just feel it and it is calming. Its a wonderful feeling and you can see that she has it. Its what got her through the VP debate and its what is getting her through all this criticism and is allowing her to go out and take more criticism. I honestly don’t think Sally Quinn has had any events in her life which have led her to find or understand faith.

  • rlmayville

    Sally-how do you measure your tolerance? You still praise Clinton even though you know he was preoccupied with “strange”. But other than that….he was brilliant… yadayada. I hope you are judged the same way that you judge. You have a HUGE agenda. A disqualifier for a serious journalist.

  • blasmaic

    The “c” in creator should be capitalized, like the “g” in God.

  • AmzgGrce

    To unojklhh1 and others. Don’t be like Ms Quinn – She apparently hasn’t learned a lot from her failures other than to kick and lash out at others who fail. Frankly having a failed marriage or having stolen another womans husband doesn’t automatically make her unqualified to speak as a Christian as long as she openly acknowledges her mistakes. That is the key here. ALL have fallen short of God’s standard’s that is what Christ’s sacrifice is all about. The sad part is when one ‘sinner’ attacks another for being a hypcrite while denying their failures or imposing a standard that they cannot find in the NT they demonstrate a lack of appreciation for Christianity itself. I find fault with MS Quinn not for her ‘sin’ but her her lack of understanding of NT Christianity – she like many others has tried to put restraints on Christians that God never intened to put on us. She has ridiculed a Christian for failures that she, Ms Quinn, percieves as sin from her narrow minded view of Christianity. Having come from that very sort of narrow minded view I see where she is coming from and I find it most sad that, she is so narrow and political minded that she has to lash out at Mrs Palin. Certainly I may not condone all of Mrs Palins actions or comments but I see no reason for Ms Quinn to assault her in the way she has since it demeans her, Ms Quinn, far more than it does Mrs Palin.

  • MightyManAmericaCom

    Sally, this is the first time I read your column.

  • mysterious1

    You know, I am a born again Christian, and I take offense at the mere title of this piece of trash, Ms. Sally Quinn. Who in the hell do you think you are to judge anyone on their Christianity? What part of that has to do with one’s ability to be a leader? You my dear lady are not worthy to be a journalist with your degrading remarks for someone who was running for a very high office in the United States. You remind me of a sixth grader in the bathroom pulling up your cheap panty hose and smoking a cigarette, while talking bad about all of the o9her girls in school.

  • ercle33

    What a stupid aticle. This woman is just trying to start controversy, I will think twice before I waste time reading her again

  • ercle33

    What a stupid aticle. This woman is just trying to start controversy, I will think twice before I waste time reading her again

  • IgnorantHillbilly

    kham1234: She is not labeled an anti-Christ because she has criticized Palin’s Christian walk (although from the posts of others it appears that she should not cast too many stones.) She is labeled an anti-Christ because she disparages and belittles the God and Christ of the Bible. Most Americans who practice their faith (I admit this number is diminishing) believe in the Biblical concept of God. So when the Washington post hosts a blog “On Faith” and then belittles and disparages the faith adhered to (in different ways and to varying degrees) by most Americans of faith then they need to be exposed. As a Christian, I have much more respect for the atheist who says that there is no God and lives their life according to their own ethic. The liberal Christian (or the make-believer) is actually more cunning and subversive to men’s souls because they use Biblical words but for them they are destitute of all biblical meaning. To call them a Christian is really a misnomer, and should be exposed.

  • lichtme

    I’d love to cheney her up her shining sinless roveholeshe’s squeaky clean!

  • ryan_heart

    Hurry up and quit again.

  • garrett66

    Other than her looks, her appeal totally escapes me.

  • hhdinkiedow1

    Poor,poor Sally Quinn.I want to be Sarah Palin.If I was Only Beautiful,intelligent and confident as her someone might take me serious.But i am just sally nobody.It’s not fair!Well it’s time to warm my Broom to take me home.Sarah I’ll get you my Pretty! Those rumors of you and Katie Couric True? Bet you dream of Sarah,don’t ya.I see that big smile every time her name is mention.

  • mjprof

    I watched the O’Reilly show with Sally Quinn, and was stunned by her lack of religious knowledge, particularly for one who writes a column “ON FAITH”. Quite obviously, Ms. Quinn is less interested in religion than any excuse to attack Sarah Palin. This is the reason I canceled my Post subscription some time ago–the unbridled bias printed in this paper every day is a disgrace! Part of the reason Palin is so popular is that she has demonstrated her beliefs through such tough decisions as bearing a child with Down’s syndrome. I’m sure Quinn cannot understand someone’s commitment to doing what is right. As a self proclaimed atheist, there is no absolute right and wrong to her, only what her lost and twisted mind thinks is right at this moment.

  • wlsc1971

    Ms QuinnI have heard your criticism of Ms Palin several times. Even called her a bad mother once. I guess Sarah should have chosen your path to success. Lets see, slept with another womans husband, who was her boss, and then married him. Way to go sally. You did it the old fashion way.

  • wehutson

    Ms Quinn doesn’t understand the subject. Does being open to God’s will mean that one will always win at the very next moment? What a simplistic understanding of free will and God’s positive and permissive will. God’s will might be that she’d lose, develop in the process, pull more people into her way….to have different effects/results years from now. Or not. Was Moses wrong to wander and persist in the desert? Or did that wondering have even greater effects longer term?It’s interesting to see how the pro-life movement has been actually strengthened by Obama’s presence in the WH. Study up, Sally.

  • MCCMAC

    Just goes to show that in America, ya can’t win WITH God and ya can’t win WITHOUT him. Sally, I am 200% ALL FOR humility. But, humility doesn’t often win the admiration of voters. That being said, I have to admit that even as a conservative myself, Obama’s autobiography — Dreams of My Father, came pretty dang close. I’d suggest readers of “Going Rogue” to compare the two books as to a reflection of the qualities of leadership they prefer in a leader. All I can say is I’m glad Barack is in the White House, and Sarah’s on Oprah (and not vice versa).

  • DaveNKy

    ” IF I am correct, then Quinn is not a Christian as adultry is a sin. “Dear Sprayadhesive: Thx,DB

  • thenorthview

    The tenor of the majority of these posts convinces me that civility is really dead! It is obvious that one either loves or hates Sarah Palin…there is no middle ground. I don’t believe that she is going away from the political arena anytime soon. Most peoples say that they believe that there should be a division between church and state. So, judge Sarah on her politics. If she runs in 2012, deliver your message by your vote! In the meantime don’t second guess her religious beliefs. Although we have freedom of speech, only God has the right to judge.

  • broadwaters

    I have been a Presbyterian Minister for over 25 years, both in the United States and in Australia. This included having the privilege of representing Australia as an official greeter in receiving new ambassadors into the country as they started their new assignments. At a reception held in Cairns, Queensland, my wife and I spent time personally speaking to Alexander Downer, Australia’s, then, Secretary of State, as well as new Ambassadors from all over the world who were coming to serve as their country’s representatives.

  • go4it

    Sara Palin uses God just like she uses everyone else to get her own way. It’s all about Sara, the ultimate poster child for the “Me” generation.

  • tojby_2000

    Perhaps Sarah acts as god’s instrument for infusing chaos into the body politic of the USA? Its sense of humor passeth understanding.

  • ladyliberty1

    Sally Quinn, Your jealousy of Sarah Palin is unhealthy.It was the religious leaders of Jesus’ day, the Pharisees, who hated Jesus with a passion.They could not stand that He was everything they were not, but presented themselves as. You know, doing their righteousness before men so as to be praised. No, when the real “Righteousness” showed up, the Pharisees gnashed their teeth, and, began to plan how they would get rid of Him.Jesus made them look bad. The Genuine next to the phony always looks bad.Ms. Palin is genuine, not perfect like Jesus, only a follower, but she is genuine. And that is why she is so hated by those who are only pretending to be righteous.

  • therev1

    Sally, I know you don’t read these things, but cut the crap. Do a real investigation of Palin’s Christianity and not only will your stupid arm chair questions be answered, but the ones brought up by the investigation will give you at least three columns. Sarah Palin does practice a rogue Christianity – complete with witch doctors. Do some journalism. I know journalism isn’t popular at the WaPo right now, but . . .

  • wendyo1

    It is my fervent prayer that the majority of people don’t judge Christians by Sarah Palin. She is a Christian in name only, as her vengeful words spoken always show. She is of the school of thought, “it’s my way or the highway”. She spouts all this look at me I’m a super Christian, then goes out and has the audacity to say she is foing God’s will. Her ego, and hunger for pwer seems to know no bounds these days. It’s not bad enough that she messed with Alaska, then dumped the state, to follow” God’s will, she continues to show her ignorance daily.Sarah dear Sarah can’t seem to keep her path and God’s will straight, and as a matter of fact her path is begining to look like the spikes in a patient with erratic heart beats. She is not by any stretch of imagination walking the walk, but she sure is talking the talk, of a true politician!As to the thoughts of her running with Newt, or Beck, in 2012, have at it Sarah. With a combo like that, what fun it would be to watch these “Christians” be shown for what they really are, wolves in sheeps clothing.

  • clarendon67

    Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric did not embarrass Ms Palin. She embarrassed herself.But who are you Ms Quinn to question Ms Palins belief. You of all people who totally pilloried the Clintons while they were in the White House with half truths and inuendos because they did not sup at your table of elitism and self importance. Have you apologized to them for all the horrible things you said about them? Ms Quinn you are the last person to be writing a faith column in the newspaper. I am no fan of Ms Palin but her beliefs are what they are.

  • stephenrhymer

    Here in Oklahoma we have thousands of Palin-esque Christians. Their “faith” allows them to do pretty much as they please, excused by their version of their particular religion (Senator Tom Coburn is a great example).For the conservative right, talking openly about your faith is just part of their political shtick – God, Faith, Country, Apple Pie and Family Values.Blah Blah Blah Blah

  • 12thgenamerican

    what an unbelievable twit you are quinn.

  • mediaskeptic

    Thank you, SecretElement, for a succinct description of the manifold problems with, and hypocrisy of, this column.

  • vermonterforliberty

    Sally’s interview with Bill O’Reilly showed her ignorance about how one can accept that things happen in life that we do not welcome, yet we trust that God has a plan for us. She truly, as Bill said, went “off the rails” in her analysis of how Sarah Palin should act if she accepts God’s plan. How would Sally know how one who has faith reacts to events in our lives? Sally — for your information — we can have faith and get angry. We can trust God, and also be upset about the behavior of others. As Christ said, “Father if it be your will let this cup pass, not my will but yours be done”. We believe that God will reveal in time that our lives have a plan. But an atheist would not be able to understand. Enough said.

  • sophic

    Quinn, you’re the one promoting hate and piling on to rumor, inuendo, the attack dogs with an agenda…shame on you…

  • arancia12

    Wow if she were Liberal you would never attack her Religion but hey your a Hater just like all Liberals who have this group mindthink you know like the soviet union. Its simple Sarah Palin is a Dangerous person to be destroyed at all cost. The comments here reflex the people who dont have 5 or more children or name there kids willow or trig and tell there Friends oh your child is going to be slightly retarded oh get an Abortion today plus liberals will never attack a Feminist but sally quinn cant attack this woman at will then go on Orelliy and never be asked about it. The truth is conservative woman must be eliminated at all cost nothing new here sad but true_____________What a rant! But I’ll take it on. Of course the big, ol, mean liberals would not attack Mrs. Palin’s religion if she were a liberal. If she were a liberal she would not use her religion as a selling point for public office. Now that wasn’t so hard, was it dear?

  • jnyren1

    One doesn’t have to agree with Palin to wonder what would happen should a reader of WasPost criticize the regular attacks on some form of Christian discipleship in the kosher media !

  • edarden1

    It seems Miss Palin’s book reminds me of Shakespeare, “. . .it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing!”

  • smorrow

    Does anyone know what Sara,s going to do with the money from her book sales?I just wish she would do the (christen )kind of thing and donate the money to charity ,well maybe God will lead her to do the right thing and she will.I would buy her book if she would do that even though i could care less about reading it as im sure its not really all that interesting.Any childrens charity could really use the money.Country first Sarah?

  • mdbuilder

    I think that it is NOT SALLYS place to judge someones faith or christianity. I saw Sally on Bill O’Riley tonight and she looked all slumped over with no posture and her blouse unbuttoned way to far for a woman of her age to be revealing. HEY SALLY,YOU’RE NOT HOT Get your head out of where the sun doesn’t shine!!! AND HASAN IS A TERRORIST, WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE

  • sthoffmann1

    More evidence of how much of a lightweight Sally Quinn is on religion. Maybe she would pose real and not rhetorical questions if she knew more about how Augustine engaged the issue of God’s sovereignty and human will, among other dilemmas.

  • qqbDEyZW

    We’ve heard many Law Makers use God as their guide and we see the results. Bush used God’s name and lied about Iraq and caused thousands of soldiers to die. GOP Law Makers like Vitter, Craig, Foley, Hastert and many others used God’s name while committing sins and stealing. Gov. Sanford used God and Family Values while slipping away to meet his soul mate. Sarah knows she is not the Mother of her so called youngest child. Bristol has had two sons and Levi will get his justice in court. The big secret Levi has on Sarah might be something the Church can’t cover up or excuse. It’s not uncommon for a Mother who was a beauty queen who has a teenage daughter not that good looking have a handsome boyfriend who can be taken advantage of. Yes the real story of Sarah Palin will be worse then the sins in the Bible. As the bible showed woman used sex to bring down the man of their choice. Sarah even had an affair with her husbands business partner.

  • djmolter

    See, the problem is that God doesn’t give you an owner’s manual when you’re born (don’t tell me it’s the Bible). God lets you try out various schemes until you hit on one you think must be right. When it turns out not to be, you try something else. At least God didn’t tell Sarah to fly airplanes into buildings to get her point across. Yet.

  • pvilso24

    Wow… lots of anger and intolerance in Sallys article today.I watched the Palin interviews and read numerous exerts from her book these last two days. Palin seems a great deal more human, more self-critical, more tolerant (toward Levi, Clinton, and Oprah at least), and more forgiving than poor Sally.I suspect Sarah will forgive poor Sally her failings.. and thank her for assisting in her book sales.I too forgive you Sally.. methinks you know not what you do.

  • jahoby

    Sally,

  • serban1

    The number of comments criticizing Sally Quinn for pointing out the lack of Christian sentiments in Sarah Palin’s Christianity are telling. They show how poisonous the “Christian” right has become, more interested in denigrating anybody who does not agree with them then in following the teachings of Jesus. I recommend a rereading of the New Testament.

  • bfurlin

    You and your elk are so transparent. My God forgive you Sally Quinn for the hate and un-forgiveness in your heart. That which you spew towards a believer will not hurt her but abound to her good.

  • quiensabe

    Ms. Quinn…One would think that one who is the faith person at The Washington Post would have some understanding of God and how He works.

  • Beckola

    What a mean little article! First, your questions about faith and life plans could be addressed to anyone claiming to believe in God–so they’re all jerks too, Sally? Even say, Martin Luther King, Jr? And of course you are ignoring, “judge not, lest ye be judged” and not exactly living up to ANY ethical model–just taking more potshots against Palin, the liberals’ easy target–who is damned no matter what she does–and the people, like you, who claim to hate her, just can’t ignore her, leave her to obscurity–nah, you keep her face and name right out there on the front page. So you’re actually helping her stay famous. Way to go!

  • dcsubguy

    Way to jump on the Sarah Palin bandwagon, Sally. Seems like quite a few of your fellow writers are doing the same in a sorry attempt to get a few readers. Very lame.

  • Jumpy66

    Maybe God simply believes that Sarah Palin is his best hope against a blasphemer like Mitt Romney (and his cheeleader Glenn Beck), both of whom’s Mormon faith considers Jesus the brother of Satan and the Garden of Eden in Missouri.

  • jahoby

    StevenRhymer wrote: Here in Oklahoma we have thousands of Palin-esque Christians. Their “faith” allows them to do pretty much as they please, excused by their version of their particular religion …For the conservative right, talking openly about your faith is just part of their political shtick – God, Faith, Country, Apple Pie and Family Values.Here, in New Jersey, we have alot of atheists (anti-God, anti-Faith, America haters, etc.)

  • walkerbert

    I’m a heathen, and I’m against religion in government for the simple reason that some religious folks in this world are bossy enough without adding the religious self-righteousness stuff to their personal repertoire or political campaign. We all gotta live here, and about the time you’ve got people in government pounding their fist on the podium and ranting scriptural references, well, I just get a little concerned as to the overall quality of government we’ll have, when we get all done, there. The primary purpose of government is to uphold the law, keep the peace, defend the borders, regulate interstate commerce, and seek to try to improve the general well-being of the People. And, since our founding documents generally describe leaving religion out of it, or at least leaving religion alone, “Congress shall make no law…”, well, it kind of implies a secular government, even though we’ve got a more-or-less christian past, nationally. And, I think people should be able to worship. That’s all good and fine. But, this lady’s beliefs and feelings on the issue of religion kind of sound as though she would have ended up having had a conflict of interest, had her party won the 08 election. But, they didn’t win. Instead, the GOP pretty much went down in flames because people were about tired of the preachiness that was already evident. Us heathens have to live here, too, and maybe it seems like a great idea to some people to build a church on every streetcorner, and running down the street converting people, but I’m agin’ it, and I’m also against people that are running for high office trying to portray themselves as super-pious, and so forth. I’m not impressed, I think a lot of it is palinly a facade, make that PLAINLY a facade, and when the paint wears off, you get to see the rust underneath. I doubt very much that she and the rest of the GOP really had much in the way of an economic plan going, I get the impression more and more that people are ad-libbing this stuff, not to be confused with liberalism, no, instead they seem to be more or less making it up as they go along, and this isn’t Night At the Improv, it’s our future we’re talking about, and when the governor of an oil-bearing state can’t convince her state legislature, the citizens, and the companies operating there, to figure out how to give the rest of the country a financial break when the price of fuel is $4/gal., I’m neither impressed by their apparent honesty, or their motives.

  • SusanMarie2

    This article comes off as being incredibly smug and shallow and Sally Quinn seems extremely out of touch when it comes to understanding religion and faith.

  • fendertweed

    once again, a so-called “Christian” “conservative” reveals herself to be little more than a nasty, self-serving, celebrity-seeking, shallow & petty person.it’s all about her … and, hey, BFurlin —> the word you wanted was “ilk”, not “elk”, LOL … though it is unintentionally hilarious that you toss out that malapropism in a thread about Ms. Moosejaw …

  • bernieandruth

    A greedy, angry, disillusioned nation defecates and out comes Sarah Palin–thanks be to God!

  • dah_sab

    Levi’s surname is Johnston, not Johnson. Or Hollywood.

  • steveboyington

    An earlier poster commented that by looking at the posts, civility is dead and you either love or hate Sarah Palin. Not true. Civility is alive and abundant. Just about everyone is NOT obsessed with Sarah Palin, either way. The internet tends to magnify the silly, and bring out the partisans. Simple fact. The internet is a farce magnifier.

  • Medbob

    Sally,Standby. You’ll be hearing from us in 2010.

  • mikebythesun

    As a Christian, I am beyond intolerant of politicians and, in this case, a publicity hound who is clearly out to make herself a fortune, using the name of Jesus to further their careers. I am especially tired of politicians who invoke the name of Christ and then proceed to advocate for policies that give the benefits to the rich at the expense of the poor (i.e. tax cuts and budget cuts to Medicaid). Luke 6:24.

  • vigor

    or:A person who defrauds or swindles others after first gaining their trust; a scam operator

  • sprayadhesive

    This is the stupidist, most hateful article I have ever read. Talk about jealous. Sally you said why did God choose her to write a book and make a large amount of money? That one sentence says it all. Why did God choose her and not me? You will NEVER be as popular as Sarah. NEVER! I am so glad she wrote her book and is doing the interviews now. Katie Couric asked her twelve times about her views on abortion???? She told her the first time. She does NOT believe in murder of innocent children. Get a life Sally and sit back and watch Sarah. America is listening!!!

  • GeoffZ1

    Understanding Sarah Palin is not as difficult as you all make it out to be. The simple fact is that she is a nut job. Period! Feel sorry for her, but, ignore her. And most importantly, never trust her.

  • Jason75

    What a stupid, mean-spirited post. And I am not even a Palin fan.Shame on you Quinn!

  • SomeoneWhoPaysTaxes

    Like so many Conservative Fundamentalist Christians whose theologies are very wobbly, her religion is a means to an end. I suspect this end has very little to do with God.

  • Italiaxxx

    Sarah Palin is the hottest female politician to ever run or hold a high ranking position. Pelosi looks like a tranny. Michelle Obama resembles a klingon. And thunder thighs clinton wouldnt get a second glance at a minimum security prison. Palin is celebrity. Her political life is over. She will become a combination of Martha Stewart and Harpo.

  • Loeff

    Sally,That is one of the nastiest article I can ever remember reading. Your contempt for Ms. Palin is really very ugly. The Editors of the Washington Post should be ashamed.

  • rplat

    I find it amusing that this one small woman has the ability to scare the devil out of so many leftists and liberals. Give them hell Sarah.

  • twistbar67

    The ONLY thing Sarah Palin has going for her is her beauty, and she is a pretty woman, no doubt about it! But be warned, her rhetoric and beliefs are toxic! Sally Quinn sees it! Palin uses her fundamentalist views to speak to the public’s lowest common denominator, that of hate and more hate in an effort to push a deeply twisted desire to promote division! Beware, you that are blinded by image and not substance!!! These people don’t believe in a just world!

  • pjohn2

    This article simply poses questions for intelligent people to answer for themselves. It does not condemn but only elicits thought. Sally’s past is not the issue here, only Sarah’s book.

  • ladyliberty1

    Serban1,You show your lack of knowledge of who is a genuine Christian when you refer to the “Christian right that is poisonous.” You then go on to tell those whom you have just insulted to read the New Testament.Have you read the New Testament? If you have, then you would know that the distinctive characteristic of the Christian is that there is not a “Christian right” or a “Christian left.” Rather, a Christian is one who has been born again of the Spirit of the Lord. He is a new creation in Christ Jesus. This being “one in Spirit” makes genuine Christians likeminded. They are not a divided group. They are one in spirit on the essentials of what it means to be a Christian. There is room for interpretation on the non-essentials. My point is, a Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ, believing all His teachings, trusting in Him alone for salvation, and born again of the Spirit of God, which is a supernatural act of God in changing the heart of one who is being saved from his sins. There is no “Christian right” or “Christian left.”

  • hillro52

    I don’t understand her Christianity at all. Vengeance is mine said the Lord.

  • Prosperity2008

    Sally, I think this is one of your best. When I first saw what was in Governor Palin’s book and her statements about what a great Christian she is, I really had to wonder what Christian doctrine she follows. It would seem to me it is the one where whatever I do is right and whatever anyone else does that I do not like it wrong. I have searched and searched for “thou shall disparage all around you” “thou shall conflate your opinion with truth.”

  • sah2

    What we know about how God works is that we don’t know – He tells us that His thoughts are not our thoughts nor our ways His ways. Ms. Quinns’s questions about Ms. Palin’s faith journey lead me to believe that Sally will be sat down real soon hearing “Brace yourself…I will question you…”

  • BobSanderson

    Sally,

  • BobSanderson

    Sally,

  • John97

    Her God is money and power.

  • loudouner

    Good Article. Gods created by humans are very like their creators, and Mrs.Palin’s one resembles her: arrogant, naive, aggressive, selfish.No surprise that God’s plan for Sarah Palin was so close to her own desires.

  • hyjanks

    If nobody of faith in this world has noticed (especially the ones making comments on the essay), one can make one’s god do or say anything one wants one’s god to do or say. So with religious books: One can interpret or misinterpret the admonitions and guidance of a holy book to fit one’s prejudices, life style, beliefs . . . whatever.

  • sprayadhesive

    ” IF I am correct, then Quinn is not a Christian as adultry is a sin. “My Dear DB,

  • pkhenry

    Quinn the Pharisee.

  • sportsfan2

    What an absurd article. You act holier than though to pick apart a person for her personal beliefs. Very unchristian.

  • missyb1

    Sally, asking Palin to explain her theological reconciliations between free will and predestination is a serious question that perhaps any professing Christian should be willing to address. However, while you’re at it, ask President Obama how he addresses the theological issue of a wrathful God who punishes American citizens for political decisions. “America’s chickens have come home to roost!” President Obama sat for decades in Pastor Wright’s pews.Should we even touch on the abortion issue for Democratic politicians? If we’re going to hold Palin accountable for her professed faith’s tenets, shouldn’t we do the same for Pelosi and other Dem. Catholics? I welcome your asking hard questions of politicians regarding the reconciliation of their theological beliefs and their political stances. Let’s extend that to all politicians–not just the ones like Palin.

  • Doowadiddy

    For Mrs. Palin to presume that God would usurp his own greatest gift to humanity of free will, merely to create an immutable “plan” for her, denotes arrogance. But to then ascribe the resultant delusion, dysfunctionality, and hypocrisy from that arrogance to God’s will, is an obscenity.

  • Braticuspunk

    To all the people who are SOOOO UPSET by this article, hey, it needs to be said – so thanks Ms. Quinn. Sarah Palin is a megalomaniacal idiot who what’s you to believe what she says…just because SHE thinks it’s true. She uses her faith as a weapon and her bible as a perch so that she can be righteously above the people she wants to be better than and have power over. She uses Jesus so that she can grab power and fame and fortune. Her morally superior, holier than thou attitude is beyond the pale. But it’s the same attitude that 30% of America seems to think is their right. I say – point out the elephant that’s sitting in the middle of the room even though others would prefer you didn’t.

  • Bud0

    I’ve rarely read a better skewering of the Palin-style evangelical hypocrite, nor frankly, of religion in general.It’s clear that most of her Christian readers are apopleptic with rage. It’s equally obvious that none of them have any coherent answers to her points. Just tedious claptrap like “you have to have faith to understand faith”.I believe the name of this blog page is “The Secularist”. Sally Quinn has no duty to “respect Christians” when their definition of respect is keeping quiet about their flagrant hypocrisy and illogic. Especially not those Christian who seek, as Palin does, to become our lords and masters and impose their narrow vision on us.Maybe Sally Quinn doesn’t understand every hairsplitting nuance and tortured rationalization of your weird theology. I don’t see why that should disbar her from presenting the secular viewpoint. Many of you don’t understand the theory of evolution, but that doesn’t stop you criticizing it.

  • EliotC

    Ms. Quinn has hit the nail on the head. Sarah Palin may be a Christian, but she certainly does not write like one. One can only hope that if Ms. Palin writes sequels to “Going Rogue”, they will be retrospectively entitled, “Going Nowhere” and “Going Away”.

  • lucygirl1

    It would be a better USA if we kept God and the press out of politics….

  • permagrin

    Her hypocrisy is almost as bad as liberals who adhere to global warming religion yet still use washing machines, live in huge houses in Bethesda that require heating, and work for a newspaper who’s product over the past 50 years has been printed on bulldozed trees. It’s crazy that hypocrisy thing, how it applies to just about everyone in the world. One thing is clear though, reporters are tools.

  • websterr1

    Shorter Sally Quinn:2. I think most Christians are hypocrites.Could’ve saved yourself a lot typing and still not said anything of any worth.

  • droops63

    Her association with Mary Glazier is the most frightening aspect of her faith. I’d be physically afraid for my life if that group of people came to power.

  • dshepherd10

    Sally, I believe you should discuss Sarah Palin more with your shrink or therapist. I hear about the syndrome PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome). I believe you were the first to catch it. You have been critical of her since she entered the campaign.I was shocked when I saw you on the O’Reilly Factor and saw that you wrote about Faith. I never would think such an angry woman would be a columnist about Faith, but I did it see it was the Washington Post.Sally, not all of us grew up in the northeast and went to Ivy League Schools (for that I do thank God). Because Ms. Palin doesn’t fit that then it appears you feel the need to attack her. You really write about Faith? You said on the O’Reilly Factor that Sarah Palin thought about abortion for herself…I don’t how you jumped to that conclusion. She said she could understand how a girl that was alone, no one knew (about the baby) and no money how that could run through a girls mind as an option. Sally, I believe that’s the truth and she was showing true empathy. How in the world you construed that to be that she thought of that for herself is a major leap. I do understand you have to fit a template.I have seen you on television three times and each time it’s been about Sarah Palin, after she was announced as the V.P. candidate and now with the book. You come across as a condescending snob. Perhaps that is God’s will for you. I would much rather be like Sarah, empathetic and loving and that is the person that I embody.SHE IS MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN YOU. THE DEVIL MADE ME WRITE THAT; HOWEVER IT IS

  • Letsgetapizza

    “What an absurd article. You act holier than though to pick apart a person for her personal beliefs. Very unchristian. ” No, this is exactly what should be conveyed by one Christian to another. Palin is just being reminded of the basics of her faith.

  • JohnRice

    From reading earlier comments I notice that others are familiar with your selfish, arrogant reputation. Do you believe in karma? You should learn humility. Your comments regarding Sarah Palin are smarmy and typically unprofessional.

  • SarahBB

    Obviously, she thinks God’s plan is all about Sarah Palin, me, me, me, and like a snake oil salesman, she’s supposed to get rich off of it.

  • mmcsorley

    Sally:If pre-determination categorically excluded free will, you would be right to conclude that Palin cannot simultaneously affirm and deny God’s providential plan.The problem, however, is that free will is not necessarily incompatible with determinism. Thus, Augustine holds that we act with free will because we cannot know God’s providential plan in advance, while Homer believes that some matters are predetermined while others are subject to free will.In truth, there is nothing that is not confusing about the relationship between free will and determinism. As the greatest thinkers in our tradition have not categorically resolved this issue, it is more than a bit unfair to blame Palin for being inconsistent about a matter that exceeds the cognitive grasp of everyone who has ever explored it.

  • jshaver001

    SallyIt’s good that you have questions. Regrettably, they all seem to have a catty tone.Is it possible that you simply don’t understand that a person can believe that God has a plan for their lives and provides guidance, choice, and challenge as opposed to predestination?And, is it also possible that such a God might not provide that guidance in the manner that you require in order to be satisfied?Oh, yes, and is it possible that a person guided by God would be inconsistent, flawed, and otherwise imperfect, given that the notion of free will might be part of the package?I’m sorry you find this all so confusing. Perhaps if you didn’t think you had all the answers yourself you might understand the ambiguity, inconsistency, and unpredictability of human behavior and outcomes, even among those that believe that a Supreme Being guides their lives.Have a nice day.

  • controlbob

    I’m a conservative, bible-believing, born again Christian. Sarah Palin is NOT a truly born again person. She grew up in church – so she knows the right terminology to use – but her lies, vindictiveness, and self-absorbed nature show she has never really received Christ by faith alone for the forgiveness of sins.

  • kentigereyes

    HEY!!!, WP, why are you wasting any paper and ink on this person. Let People magazine and USA Today fill the needs of the lowest common denominator. TFL, Ken

  • Sporty1

    Seems as if people with no moral values are the first to tell people how they believe in religion and others should act…Religion has become a tool in which people use to color over their hate , bitterness in their quest for wealth and power.

  • RestonMusicMom

    S. Palin would probably be fun to go bowling with and throw back a few beers with afterwards. It scares me that her inability to construct a sentence or express ideas in an intelligent manner may be viewed as “the common man’s” type of leader. Is this what they mean by the Dumbing Down of America?

  • rlmayville

    Judge Sally, you lil minx, oh wait you are not the judge…

  • chrisbrown12

    Sarah Ex is a meglomaniac in a party that has often led its flock to believe that they are “on a mission from god”. Her twit followers also want to believe this.Knowing that she hears voices and confuses them with answers to her prayers does not mean that we can ignore her. After all almost half of the voters in the US voted twice for George Bush. Like him she also thrives on her own vanity. Ignoring her will not make her go away. Chris Brown in Hamburg

  • Hoogineer

    Sarah, you don’t have any credentials for writing this column. Have your article is lazy rhetorical interrogatives. Way to do WaPo justice.

  • WESHS49

    Palin is an obvious phoney and should be tag as such by the media.She is about as religious as Elmer Ghentry

  • ggilby1

    I think that all those that are angry with Quinn’s column fail to answer her basic point. If you believe that everything that happens to you is God’s will, shouldn’t you happily accept it? If you try to change it, how did you know it wasn’t God’s will?

  • muawiyah

    SERBAN1 ~ still trying to figure out your comment.It would seem you are disgusted with people who might criticize someone else’s approach to Christianity.Quinn began this by criticizing Palin, not the other way around.In fact, the first criticism made of Quinn was my own where I accused here, more or less, of being anti-Presbyterian and the sort who’d been burning heretics in the 1500s Religious Wars.You support this woman?Gad.

  • muawiyah

    RESTONMUSICMOM ~ interesting that Sarah majored in journalism.Reading through your own piece here I found several constructions that don’t match modern English usage.In any case, there’s nothing wrong with her sentences, nor her paragraphs. I think you just don’t like her ideas.Kind of like I just don’t like you.

  • lildg54

    Sarah is what she is a phony self-righteous moron. She uses Christianity to make everything ok. She and her cronies care aboput nothing but themselves and they all hide behind their “religin” like the taliban please just stop covering her and let her crawl back under her slimy rock. She is ruining any chances of reasonable, level headed, moderate, republicons from being around. Wait I think that was any oxymoron

  • MyMind1

    I think Sarah’s belief in the Lord has Her at least pointed in a right direction, believing there is one. There’s an old saying, “Do unto other’s as you would have them do unto you”. Well, it sound’s to me like there are alot of other’s crying already, and Sarah has just picked up one of the many stone that were cast onto Her, and Her Family. May God forgive me, But I really hope Sarah can lower herself to at least a fraction of that level to cast a stone or two back at the one’s who were throwing the stone’s at Her then, and Now…Good Luck Sarah, and may God be with you on each and every casting of the stone you choose return, even yours Sally!

  • motiv8ed

    Sally forgot to ask if Sarah Palin felt that God was present when she had the “witch doctor” perform the exorcism on her?

  • hbc1

    Quinn the Pharisee.

  • jakemd1

    Hear, hear! Sarah Palin is no Christian, and certainly no leader. She should learn the difference between humility and bad acting.

  • lildg54

    My golly, Sally!

  • kevin1231

    May be its just me but I am sick of seeing the name of this manipulative and conniving lady in the news. She shows no intelligence or thoughtfulness. I realize that these are the perfect qualifications to be beloved in the crazy right wing circle…..when would this end?

  • concerneddcresident

    Thank you for writing this commentary. I haven’t read her book and may not read it either, but I have read all the articles about the book. It seems to me that Sarah uses the book as an opportunity to settle scores with all the people who have “wronged” her. Being grateful for the opportunities given to her may never seem to occur to Palin. It is not other people’s fault if Palin is ignorant about U.S. foreign policies. God is not the answer for everything. If yes, we should have all just sat on our butt and pray for things to happen for us. Governing a country like ours requires someone knowledgable about many topics. Palin, please learn to self-reflect on your own limitations instead of blaming everyone else and learn to be grateful and forgiving, which is also God’s will, I think.

  • MamaPajama

    PLEASE! ENOUGH with the coverage of this woman. I’m sick of seeing her, reading about her, listening to her. Can you get back to reporting NEWS that matters!? She is undeserving of so much press, even if I happen to agree with what you’re saying. STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP !!!

  • brattykathyi1

    The Queen of Lies has been dethroned. Simple Sarah has simply out lied Hillary and stolen her crown.

  • 4AbetterAmerica

    Palin is a breath of fresh air for those of us who hunger for a political leader who speaks her mind and really believes what she says.Sarah is our hero!

  • motorfriend

    Allow me to clarify this whole debate:Our founders created “One nation under God indivisible.”God decrees that “a man is the head of a woman, and a woman’s voice should never be heard. For, how can the voice of a woman come through the head of a man?”That’s God speaking, not me.

  • whocares666

    She’s a user of religion…

  • DGSPAMMAIL

    You forgot about grace, humility, being non-judgmental or any of the list from the beatitudes. The ignorance (and I do mean from the verb ‘to ignore’) of Christ’s teachings seem to be a common thread throughout the platform of the Republican party and its desire that the government do no good works for the least of these with the exception of the unborn. Of course, they would like to save all those fetuses, but do nothing for them after they’re born.

  • MHinNC

    Sally actually raises a serious theological issue that has relevance beyond any discussion of Sarah Palin (who in my mind, doesn’t merit 1/100th of the discussion she gets anyway).If you say that something, anything, is “God’s plan”, then how do you explain any of the pain in life? Does God plan for your loved one to die? For soldiers and civilians to be killed, maimed, displaced and driven to starvation by war? For women in conflict-ridden areas to be gang raped? For suicide bombers to kill and maim in God’s name?I consider myself a Christian and regularly attend church, but I have never been able to accept it when things are explained away as “God’s plan”. That reasoning (if you can call it reason) relieves people of responsibility over their own actions and their consequences, and suggests a cruel God when followed to logical conclusions. We have free will and amazing brains, and need to use them for good. Perhaps that is God’s plan.

  • cometzbb

    @vote-sarah-pal-in – Call home, they have your medications ready.

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    I’m sure there is a point to this article….?

  • Publ1us

    Sally, if you actually have legitimate questions about the theological issue of predestination, I suggest you read writings by Augustine or Calvin, not Sarah Palin. That is, of course, if you intend this site to be a real place of interfaith dialogue rather than a location to bash Christianity and those who call themselves Christians.

  • RadicalGlove

    When a person wants to do anything they please, and avoid accountability, it is usually best to deem it part of God’s will or plan. It’s the same way of thinking utilized by Osama Ben Laden.

  • fishcrow

    Sally, your own questions wouldn’t confuse you if you cracked open the New Testament. Did God want Christ to suffer? Did he want to Christ to pick a traitor as a disciple? Did he want Christ to break down in the Garden of Gethsemane? Did he want him to cry out on the cross when he thought God had forsaken him?Christianity is not a pretty watercolor painting of Christ patting children on the head. It is a mature theology in stark contrast to things like “The Secret.”Questions like yours are only asked by people who either have a passing acquaintance with the face, or who stopped learning about it when they were ten, and therefore have a ten-year-old’s understanding of it.

  • BobSanderson

    Sally,

  • mmax

    Seriously though, did you expect anything other than a written tantrum? From the party of hates leader? From the party that demonizes education?C’mon – I was impressed the thing wasn’t written in crayon…Those who use Christianity for political gain don’t know Christ from Joe The Plumber…

  • lindsayhowerton

    Very spot on column! I don’t hate SP, I just think she is speaking with a forked tongue. As a very devoted Christian myself, I believe she is doing our religion wrong, propagandizing it on the one hand, to cynical ends, and then not living out the life of humility and goodness on the other. She has been given a tremendous opportunity, but she trumpets self-righteousness and, frankly, no small degree of hatred. Jesus didn’t say, “Love your enemies, except when you don’t.” Jesus didn’t say, “Love your neighbors as yourself except when you’re not in the mood.” Pick a tack Palin–either be secular and voice and pen all the bitter screeds (with a smile,) that you want to. Or be a Christian, and model the behavior of forgiveness and compassion at the highest level. As far as I can tell, that’s always what Christ wants. I’ll pray for Palin that she gets there, because that’s what I think God wants for everyone, no exceptions.

  • pgibson1

    She seems to have a lot in common, religiously and attitude with Osama-Bin Laden, and has as much hatred bristling through her persona to actually be the perfect foil for non-believers in the east – those that don’t believe as she – in Xtianity.I would think that the saber-rattling of the past administration would have taught all of use a lesson on brinksmanship and the consequences of pitching an all out war against religious fanaticism and its no-win outcome.But did we listen ?No – now we are discussing a new “Champion” for another Christian Crusade against the people who have opposing views on what God really is.Oh JOY. How perfect this stage is set. not.Yes, I suppose you *could* convince the weak-minded people that this would be the perfect retaliation, vengeance, et cetera against non-christians, but why?Not all that compassionate.Time to fight back on Xtian conservatism.No, you’re NOT all that special. You have a “thing”. Try not to show us how unfaithful you really are by killing other folks – yeah one of your commandments.What happened there? Well for me, it’s the undoing of your religion from the word GO.You advocate death as much as the Taliban.And Palin is an excellent person to represent that idea.If you really want to.

  • Gover

    That’s the wonderful feature about “God’s Plan.” Wherever you go, there you are.It’s the affirmation that can never be wrong!You’ll NEVER hear a Christian say, “well, God had a plan for me but I f***ed it up.”

  • anna_78750

    Ms. Quinn, this is one of the most offensive columns of yours that I’ve ever read. Who are YOU to dissect Sarah Palin’s faith when you have never talked to her about it, have no in depth knowledge of it or her life, and are JUDGING her on that basis?!!Shame on you.

  • wwIIbaby

    Well. . .I would recommend that commenters (and Sally) read Max Weber’s THE PROTESTANT ETHIC AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM. This classic Sociology text explores the amazing relationship between religion and economics in western Europe and (by extension) the United States.Here is the theory in essence:Interesting side note here: most of the fundamentalist Protestants are NOT rich!!Sarah is no dummy, in my opinion. She is playing her hand as well as she can and has the wool pulled over many folks’ eyes.By the way, I’m old and have worked hard my whole life and own my home and have a wonderful family. I consider myself quite fortunate and understand that most people who do not have what I have are not to be blamed for their circumstances–which they did NOT choose!!

  • CmaryC

    Truly, you are presuming a standard of logic in Palin’s spirituality and relationship with God.

  • homer4

    So sick of religious people and their obvious delusions of grandeur and mental illnesses.

  • Sojouner

    jshaver001’s earlier post was ‘spot on’. I too, Sally, find your ignorance of Biblical Christianity appalling, but not surprising. Please stop judging others who claim to have a relationship with God. Only they and God know about its validity and depth.

  • ztormtra

    Sally, You are casting stones and being legalistic. Christ Believers are not allowed to do that.Where is your own humility, meekness, and mildness and gentleness?Now, has Christ placed you in this world to judge? There is only one and it is at his feet we will be judged.Please stop now.

  • LWittgenstein2

    Well said. Sally points to the “better way,” that every spiritual tradition teaches. Sarah is thus “rogue” from every shred of anything that has ever been called “spiritual” or “religious.” Forgive her, she knows not what she is doing, nor much about governing or leading America.

  • 6664U

    Motorfriend:Allow ME to clarify this whole debate: The Founding Fathers did not draft the Pledge. It was authored in the late 1800s and the “under god” reference was inserted in the 1950s.

  • DCer1

    Wishing I could see your critique of stinkin B.O.’s tomes, one of which is titled in honor of his “uncle” Reverend Wright — a religious monster if there ever was one. Of course, this undertaking would be a little to inconvenient for you and the other leftist pigs, wouldn’t it?

  • Revcain777

    Sally….one can pick apart any religious statement. Keep that in mind.

  • micron506

    I watched Sally Quinn being interviewed on O’Reilly tonight. It is very obvious that she doesn’t have a clue about the Christian religion and, therefore, shouldn’t be commenting on Palin’s book as if she is an authority.

  • seasail

    Sister Sarah is just another Elmer Gantry.

  • roboturkey

    now now…I can’t see that it advances anything to mock another person’s faith. Even Ms. Palin must view the complex trajectory of her life as a dynamic system of nuanced purpose and obvious cause-and-effect. If she feels the will of God leading her, that is merely intereting in an off-hand way; that is, until she becomes something other than a citizen ex-governor with a recent book release.

  • cometzbb

    Watched a bit of Palin on Oprah. When Oprah asked why Palin hadn’t answered Katie Couric’s repeated questions about what newspaper or magazines she had read P’s response confirmed what is most frightening about herself. She said, in so many words, that she was so bothered by Couric’s implication that Palin was just a back country doofus that she decided she wasn’t going to take the bait. So rather than dispel concerns about her intellect, a valid concern when you are running for a spot managing a nation, she felt justified in ignoring the question. Of course you have to believe that kind of nonsense to begin with, but bypassing the clear stupidity of that response, it is Whether she is just an enormous ignoramus or a pathetic woman assessing situations with a child’s eye she is not qualified for anything other than shooting moose.

  • Weaver1

    Most of the world holds to a fatalist philosophy in one way or another, religious or agnostic. Better to believe that God is bigger than your own ego, as is the case with Obama. If we believe something bigger than ourselves is our driving force, how do you find the gall to criticize that will throwing accolades to a man, hired by the people who looks down upon them from a lofty perch. Try criticizing the “first Pacific president.” He needs to be taken down several pegs of his Styrofoam ladder.

  • NoGuff

    Ms. Quinn,Your arguments on The Factor were weak, to say the least. It’s obvious that you are simply trying to smear Sarah Palin in whatever way is avialable to you.You’ve been told to hate her, and so you do. Though you are an intelligent person and write for a newspaper, you can’t even explain to someone else why Sarah Palin is worthy of your hate. Only Liberals and Leftists who also hate her can nod their empty heads and agree with you even though you’re saying nothing.You are what’s wrong with this country. I can’t put it any plainer than that. You’re weak, hateful, and you disgust me.

  • garyintheboro

    Ms. Quinn,

  • quiensabe

    Dear home4: So you are so sick of religious people and their obvious delusions of grandeur and mental illnesses.

  • ncarvill1

    I believe Sally’s questioning is worthwhile reading for Sarah, though I doubt she reads the Washington Post, or NY Times or any newspaper at all. What’s wrong with questioning her beliefs? She seems to believe and follow them when they fit her life, but if they don’t, she does what she damn well pleases, regardless of the consequences. The fact she even chose to go for the VP position shows she cared little for her family and their desires, she only cares about her own. Why would she put her children on stage as she did, with an unwed pregnancy and a just born special needs child? To show her family is just like every other family? Please.Bristol has said she would have preferred that the world not know of her and Levi’s predicament and I’m sure dragging the baby Trig around the country being carried by 7 year old Willow for hours on end was the not best way for that baby to start out life. Did Todd really want to follow Sarah around the country like a puppydog? If McCain won, would Todd have wanted to give up his beloved fishing and sled racing? I don’t think so. Sarah is selfish and she calls it “God’s plan for me”. NO, its Sarah’s plan for Sarah. Her spewing out at everybody is not Christian-like at all, has anybody asked that particular question? Did she want to cause the health care plan to go down in flames with her lying comment regarding “death panels”. That was one of her worst comments she has ever made. Does she feel good that she scared so many people that individuals who really need a public option decided it was going to kill them in their old age, rather than provide good basic health needs for the rest of their life. Her mouth is unstable, words spurt out without her thinking of the consequences, and she reasons it as “God’s Plan”. Please. I hope Sarah reads Sally’s article and I hope she reads all of the comments, simply because many Christians think her remarks are not great words of wisdom. My only regret in these comments is some people get their jollys by simply name calling at her and that is spewing the same bs that she does.

  • hdlewis2

    I just watched you on Bill O’Reilly and you said that you respected Rick Warren because he give 90% of his income to charity. A simple reading of the bible would tell you that what one gives to God/others is between you and God. You should not tell others. Remember the Pharasee in the temple who was praying out loud about how much he gives and Christ’s response to what he said. You should not be impressed because he gives that much but saddened that he feels compelled to tell others.

  • kenger1

    I think I may know what God’s plan is for Sarah Palin. He’s using her to punish Anerica for its manifold sins and transgressions.

  • jimcowles

    RevCain777 says: “Sally….one can pick apart any religious statement. Keep that in mind.”Yeah, Rev, and what does that tell you about religious statements? JC

  • lolson1

    Regarding You’ll NEVER hear a Christian say, “well, God had a plan for me but I f***ed it up.”Actually you might not hear a Christian use that exact quote-then again you might-but those who have a good understanding of Christ’s message do admit that they are wrong, do seek forgiveness, and do give forgiveness to others whether it is sought or not. Christians, or members of any religion, including atheists, who try to sell themselves as without sin or blemish are by definition hypocrites, or too caught up in our current society’s norms to realize their mistakes. Today’s lawyer-based, sue-first, worry about faith later society has left no place for seeking or giving forgiveness. That is one of the largest failures of our current society.So, yes, Christians do admit failure.

  • drobertsohio2

    A column as facile and empty of reflection as the writings of ex-Governor Palin herself. Sarah Palin is no William Buckley, Jr., or Madeline Allbright; and you, Ms. Quinn, are no Reinhold Niebuhr or even a Garry Wills. If only both of you would wait until you had something substantial to say to the public before you both fulfill a deadline for pay.

  • quiensabe

    Dear wobudon: You asked why don’t you white right-wing morons just go to church and shut up.Sure would like to take you advice. Unfortunately, we’ve got to get ready for Sarah’s inauguration in 2012.By the way, do you have your invitation?

  • sprayadhesive

    Sally, I missed your diagnoised article of Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s religion or lack there of. Have you written that one yet? Just for your information, we are NOT supposed to question God.

  • sprayadhesive

    If anyone saw the wonderful Mrs. Quinn on The Factor tonight, did you happen to hear her talk about Sarah throwing her baby Trig off a cliff???? My God, what an awful, horrible woman!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t know why she goes on O’Reilly. He only makes her look as stupid as she is.

  • imZandor

    So IF Sara Palin is such a “Good Christian” then why is she telling “FLAT OUT LIES” in her book?How does a “Good Christian” get away with lying?How does a “Good Christian” get away with spreading HATE?I was raised to believe that God does not like any of that and anybody that lies, has hate in their heart and spreads Hate, Fear & Lies is “NOT a Good Christian”What two faced hypocritical belief structure do ALL of you follow that believes Sara Palin is a “Good Christian”?You are trashing the author for asking questions?What Religion do you warship that can’t stand the light of day? What Religion do you warship that can’t take discussion of ideas unless they are YOUR Ideas? What Religion do you warship that must shout down and drown our ALL opposition opinions & crush their voice?It’s “NOT CHRISTIANITY” that Jesus spoke of & taught…I’ll tell you that much!How very disappointing is the behavior of the so called “Good Christians”; very disappointing indeed!

  • herschel53

    Sally:

  • joule13

    Your comments on the Factor were weak at best, catty at worst. In either case, it is very very petty. If you don’t like Sarah Palin, please Move On….

  • jaxas

    Like most religious zealots and Biblical literalists, Palin is given to lacing her answers to questions with mindless, fundamentalist drivel. She still thinks that America is basically the sort of country that still holds to the mindset that prevailed during the Scopes trial in the early part of the last century.Although substantial majorities of Americans profess to a belief in God and attend church fairly regularly, they in no way hold to the fundamentlist mindset that prevailed in those eras of our past. Americans are far more tolerant and diverse than Palin seems to realize. More disturbingly is her paranoid view that there is some vast left wing conspiracy out to get her. This is silly. He problems are of her own making. And isn’t it odd that her lifeblood seems to be with that media that she so professes to hate.I only wish our mainstream media were more adult and responsible instead of taking the catnip that Palin–and others like her and Glenn Beck–plant pout there to ensare them into giving her the publicity she so craves.I suppose I am being naive and idealistic to think our media is anything more than a gang of unprincipled corporate owned shills for the profit motive.

  • sunnie2

    Well, Sally you certainly are not a Sara Palin fan. I do think God is a loving, but He give us free will. Christians do make mistakes and no christian is perfect. You came out blasting and did not stop. May be you are the one that has a problem, oh not with Sara Palin, but with God.

  • alamo2

    sprayadhesive wrote: Sally, I missed your diagnoised article of Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s religion or lack there of.

  • jfv123

    Wow!Now GOD is against Sarah.She must be evil.I guess GOD decided this while having a beer with the annointed one at the White House.

  • -PBL-

    I am sure sally would never write anything harsh or derogatory about any devout Muslim. Muslims tend to react. Sally feels safe because christians turn the other cheek.

  • rmorris391

    The Daily Word (nov 18, 2009) is “I am filled with peace as I choose to forgive.” 2 Corinnthians 2:10 says “Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive.”

  • mpuig15

    Ms. Quinn:

  • sanibel47

    Gotta hand it to you Sally, you managed to write an article that not only bashed Sarah, but it also bashed Christians. I have a question for you Sally. Was it Gods plan for you to become a “Journalist” and to use your God given writing gift so that you use it to vilify and attempt to destroy a woman who you don’t even know?

  • minco_007

    It’s come to this cause some really Religious people decided to blow up the world trade center. Now some really religious people are seeking to return America back to what? The days of intolerance! The Palin family is more of an example of American values than the Obamas? Illegitimacy, affairs, Lying, you name it the Palins are like a modern day Beverly Hillbilly’s. Who were actually less wrought with human failings and a lot more authentic! Ole Winky, the quitter is pulling the wool over no one, she just helps those in the shadows to inject hateful rhetoric into the mainstream. What a farce! So this is what Jesus and Christianity is all about, all of you can rot in Hell!

  • leberk

    Sally,You are confused because you are human. No creature on earth can know God’s plan, but everyone is a part of it, including yourself and all the bitter judgemental writers to your blog.Remember what the Lord said: “Let him among you without sin cast the first stone”.

  • lildg54

    Well, Sally you certainly are not a Sara Palin fan. I do think God is a loving, but He give us free will. Christians do make mistakes and no christian is perfect. You came out blasting and did not stop. May be you are the one that has a problem, oh not with Sara Palin, but with God.

  • Alex511

    fr cmaryc:>…everybody loves her, whether in admiration or gob-smacked hatredWrong on two counts.2. She IS a quitter. Imagine what would have happened should she have become (shudder!) vice president and something happens to McCain. She has to take over the Presidency (massive shudder). She’d probably have quit halfway through her term, just like she QUIT the governorship. You canNOT have someone like that in office; it just does not work at all.

  • ncarvill1

    To cmaryc

  • khote14

    gotta love that christian hatred. Sally really brings it out in you folks, doesn’t she?

  • sanibel47

    I’m a conservative, bible-believing, born again Christian. Sarah Palin is NOT a truly born again person. Control Bob.I’m curious, how can you possibly know whether someone is a born again Christian or not? Do you know Sarah Palin personnaly? Has she confessed this to you? Did God tell you? Did God send his Angel messangers to tell you.Judge not, lest you be judged.

  • KJR1

    Life, and God’s “plan” for it is truly very simple. It’s about the choices we make. God created us in his image and then gave us free will to choose between being like him (good) or not (evil). To be close to God is to choose him over everything else; to choose love, compassion, humility, and forgiveness over hate, spite, pride, and retribution. Which choice is SP making? Hint: The same one as Bin Laden.

  • Skeptic1

    Forgiveness isn’t pretending that it never happened.So if someone stole $100 from your wallet and they were caught by the police, you might forgive them, and still expect your $100 back and they go to prison.Forgiveness is about personal feelings, not abrogating responsibility for yoru actions.

  • lucestella18

    I enjoyed & completely agree with the ideas presented in Quinn’s article. However, I am extremely annoyed that bubblehead Palin is receiving all this press – yet at the same time, I do find Pailn to be comic relief in a sort of tragic-comedic way in relation to most of today’s news stories. The tragic part, of course, is that there are Americans who actualy take simpleton Sarah seriously. The comedy is obvious – everytime she walks, talks & pretends to write a book. Palin is simply the gift that keeps on giving for Progressive folks – she is divisive, ignorant, and really -at the end of the day -not very bright.

  • sanibel47

    I challenge any who hates Christians to attend church, read the Bible, talk to a minister, research the Christian Religion. In essence, learn about this group of people you hate. You might be surprised.Any Christian who sits in judgement of their fellow Christians and decides who is really a Christian and who is not a Christian is not practicing Christianity.

  • lildg54

    Sally,Oh G-d you guys are riot the christian right, wow just how phony and self righteous can you get I think it is a contest. Sally just stating facts Sarah is an ill-informed idiot picked for christian zealotness. No attacked her she was asked simple questions and could not answer questions a child could. She is a failure as a mom she knew all this would become public and her daughter would become fodder for th media did she care as a mother would no did she think what it might do to her family as a supposed Christian would do no she is an arrogant bigoted idiot wlack of family values and should be home taking care and devoting herself to her child w/down syndrome and the rest of her family. But no she wants the glare of the mediia, the attention, and the bucks which is fine if she was not so hypocritical. She is a phony and those who support her are narrow-minded and hateful and plain stupid.

  • huntyrella

    Palin is not perfect….she is a Christian I believe but she is not perfect. She is upset and maybe she has reason to be. People in the media has a Palin Bashing obsession and she is upset with that…human maybe??

  • Sutter

    Leaders of both the left and right have said the God is behind their activities, as though God endorses their politics. Probably no more illogicalo than Alan Iverson saying God decided where he (Alan) would play basketball. Pretty funny about someone complaining about hateful comments directed towards Palin, and then tries to come up with something they obviously regard as hateful: the myth that Obama is Muslim (just guessing that the person who wrote that strongly dislikes Obama and Islam, and isn’t a big stickler on backing up accusations with facts– this is, sadly, more common with the Internet and e-mailed rumors).

  • pkhenry

    Quinn thinks Palin should be a good girl and not complain about being gang assaulted by the press. Of course, it is OK for Quinn to complain endlessly about Palin.

  • simonsays1

    EVERYTHING’ doesnt even know thatwhy?I like the image of the holier than thou

  • KJR1

    It always peeves me to no end when I hear some politician bring God into the conversation, as if there was a truly religious position on abortion, health care, Afganistan, or any other political subject. What we DO politicaly about these subjects is completely unrelated to how we FEEL about them religiously. The neo-cons love to talk about how this nation was founded by God-fearing Christians. They forget that the real reason europeans sailed to this land was to escape religious persecution. They wanted to come to a place were ALL could practice their OWN religion as they saw fit, without any form of government interfering. The separation of Church and State was formost on the minds of the firsts settlers, and remained a cornerstone throughout this country’s development. The founders of our Republic understood that politics and religion mix like oil and water. The Bushies and Palinites would like us all to believe otherwise. Who’s judgement do you think we should trust?!

  • simonsays1

    judging Christians as judgementalis kind of Judgemental?isn’t is?Atheists and left wingers,

  • MissionFishin

    Haven’t read the book, but I cannot see how Sally is attacking “Christianity” in this column as some commentators assert.Seems Sally is attacking the all-too-common heresy of self-proclaimed Christians who fail to live by the most basic tenets of the faith… I mean, there is some pretty esoteric and debatable theology/metaphysical discussion in the comments, but Palin’s reported jabs at folks she doesn’t care for seem plainly contrary to the basic teachings of Jesus… blaming others is a sign of lack of humility, and as I recall, humility is a valued quality in Christian teachings. Sarah’s willy-nilly invocation that God supports Sarah and people she likes, and damns people who do not is the very epitome of sinful Pride that is all too common among Christians who do not study and think deeply about the tenets of the faith.

  • jf999999

    The opposite of libs is cons. And Sarah Palin is one big con. Her and the people on this thread may call themselves Christians, but there are extrememly few that are Christ-like.

  • gorble

    One poster wrote: “I find it amusing that this one small woman has the ability to scare the devil out of so many leftists and liberals. Give them hell Sarah.”I have seen this sort of post many times over many articles on different sites. The mistake that these people are making is that the left’s fascination with Palin is not out of fear or worry, but out of pure wonderment that such a nitwit has become one of the leading voices of one of the two major political parties in this country. Palin is in fact good for the Democratic party because she makes Republicans look so bad. I always read articles about Palin when I come across them, because like a terrible car accident, you just cant look away. The liberal left’s interest in her is simply puerile amusement at such a ridiculous political figure, not fear at all.

  • JohnGalt9

    The prestigious site Robbing America picked on it before the WP and says: “Obama is ‘Going Rouge’, Sara Palin is ‘Going Rogue’ “. Great Piece w/ important conclusions. Also a Poll on the Republicans for 2012 that include Sarah Palin. Both at

  • DesiHungama

    This is why I say the Republicans and Talibans are going to drag entire world into this conflict. Sounds more like Mullah Palin to me.

  • jg6544

    If the plan has no room for forgiveness, then it may be Ms. Palin’s, but it certainly isn’t God’s.

  • kenk3

    People who believe in god tend to be nitwits.

  • datdamwuf2

    Ms Quinn, it is evident you have not investigated the church Palin belongs to, her god is not a loving god. The preacher that blessed her run for governor was a witch hunter, her church believes the apocalypse will come in their lifetime and only those who are their brand of christian will survive it.

  • rbsher

    Fantastic article, summarizing the many questions we all (might) have regarding Palin and her re-born Christianity and complete “devotion” to her God. Reading most of the negative comments concerning Quinn’s article is that most of these right-wing Christians have all the answers, but there is no room for questions. Betty

  • Obadiah55

    I took johngalt9’s advice and visited the web site he recommended. My conclusion is that jonhgalt9 is as shallow as Sarah Palin, as vindictive as Sarah Palin, a liar like Sarah Palin, a hypocrite like Sarah Palin and intellectual lazy like Sarah Palin. John you are an airhead for that low brow advice. Disgusted.

  • darrellhuff

    Sally: I find your article offensive and lacking in its attempt to ridicule Ms. Palin’s religious beliefs. It’s people like you who hold back women and the human race from further improvement. I find Ms. Palin’s sincerity and genuine concern for this country and its citizens refreshing. Her optimistic view is so unlike the narrow, negative rants and tantrums of media personalities like yourself.

  • adifferentpointofview

    In my experience, people who go around talking about how they have given their lives to God and are following God’s plan are really using that as an excuse to do whatever they want and not be held accountable for it. After all, they must be right if it’s “God’s plan” and anyone who disagrees is going against God and doesn’t have to be listened to. In fact, they’re the siding with devil and deserve whatever bad treatment they are given.It is this thinking that led Bush to invade Iraq under the guise of Saddam’s WMD when our own intelligence was being given to UN weapons inspectors and they were finding no WMD whatsoever.It is this thinking led led to torture of non-Christians suspected of being terrorists and to warrantless wiretapping.It is this thinking that leads Bush and Palin to deny global warming or people’s responsibility in harming the environment.It is this thinking (that those not like them are evil) that leads to a fierce desire for gun ownership and capital punishment.Those who are convinced that they are following God’s plan refuse to learn, listen to others or admit their mistakes. When something good happens, it’s God’s plan. When something bad happens, it’s the devil and his followers. There is no personal responsibility for their actions.This is what makes such people dangerous and this is why so many people fear the thought of a President Palin.

  • sprayadhesive

    For your information, the President is a Christian, and a member of the United Church of Christ, a Christian denomination founded in the United States of America.Just to see your words appear online, does not make it true.

  • wendystevens

    It does scare me, the thought of a Sarah Palin presidency. Would she turn all of the decisions the president has to make over to God? Her God? Oh, Heavens, where would we be after two years of that? Two years because that is when she would quit. How many hundreds of years would she set us back? But the part that scares me the most is that there seems to be a whole bunch of people who believe in her sort of like Santa Claus. And believe that Obama is Muslim, and that the world is flat.

  • zenwick

    “Fear her like the rath of God.”Leaving aside for a moment the fact that “Rath” is a type of ham, I have to say that Sarah Palin is indeed an instrument of the wrath of God. We are ignorant poisoners of our only God-given world, and Governor Drill-Baby-Drill leads the way. The fact that the current incarnation of the Republican Party is still considered mainstream means we are far too foolish to avoid what’s coming to us.

  • leftcoaster

    “The liberal left’s interest in her is simply puerile amusement at such a ridiculous political figure, not fear at all.”I for one will admit to being both puerile and amused.

  • pkhenry

    Palin’s detractors are becoming increasingly vile.

  • jeromejmarkiewicz

    Sarahs God is some character that sits in an overstuffed chair,high above the Earth,who sends down bolts of lighting to punnish Liberals,Socialists,Gays,and all other unwashed groups. He picks winners and losers,you can call him toll free to punnish your enemy,he then checks the voter registation records,to determine the level of wrath he will deliver to us mortals.

  • kparc

    PALIN/PALIN 2012! The winning ticket Sarah on Top, Hubby underneath! NOW THAT’S A CAMPAIGN SLOGAN!

  • erudite_enigma

    This article has to be about the most simple minded piece of vapidity that I have ever wasted my valuable time reading. Ms. Quinn states in her Bio that she was a committed atheist from the tender age of 13. If she considers herself as a believer of God in the Judeo-Christian sense or a more abstract supreme being proposition, she has much to learn about faith.Let’s look at some of the questions that she asks in this article like:Did God plan for her to run for Vice President? If so why did she and McCain lose?Did God plan for her to have a child with Down’s Syndrome? If so why did she consider an abortion? These questions are the type of questions a grade schooler would ask of a parent or teacher. If these questions are supposed to be some shining example of objectivity or intelligent questions, then Ms. Quinn who is supposed to be some sophisticated journalist should refrain from commenting on that which she knows little or nothing about.Those of use that have bothered to crack open a Bible need only to look at the book of Genesis to answer these questions. In the story of creation, God created man in his image and had only but one simple rule. Do not eat from the tree of knowledge. God being the all power being that he is could have not had such a tree in the Garden of Eden. He could have erected a force field around it. Instead he gave man the one thing he did not give any other living creature, the power of free will. God’s plan was to create magnificent creatures that would love him of their own accord. Gov. Palin simply follows the belief that God is in control of the big picture, but we as creatures of free will, can and often take paths that are detrimental to ourselves and to those around us. Those things that happen to use that are not pleasant build character and gives us valuable tools to live our lives. I look at Gov. Palin’s decision to have a child with Down’s Syndrome as a test of faith, character and principles. She could have discreetly aborted the baby but she stood by her principles when it was inconvenient. Ms. Quinn’s cynical comment on the O’Reilly factor that Gov. Palin could toss the child off a cliff a two years later if she could not handle it was about the most idiotic of comments I have ever heard. I thought we were living in the 21st century not the age of the Spartans which would routinely place children out in the elements to prove their worthiness to live. My obligation to observe a level of civility and decorum on here prevents me from truly expressing how I truly feel. The level of stupidity and condescension toward Gov. Palin in this article is alarming. If I ever have an opportunity to confront Ms. Quinn either in private e-mail or better yet in person, she would experience the full force of my feelings.

  • egm3

    Salley,Tonight on O`Reilly you sounded childish and maybe even jealous of Sarah Palin.To begin with I doubt that you even understand what faith really is. To begin with, what I believe Sarah is trying to say is good or bad she will stand for God`s ways and commandments. I pray that she keeps going because jealous women like you,contionually try to beat her down. America needs more Sarah Palins and I pray the God sends them. America is headed down the road to destruction and we definately need more Sarah Palins.The truth needs to be told especially what Jesus Christ did for each of us. He died for our sins layed in the earth 3 day and 3 nights and arose on the third day. He now sits at the right hand of God. I Praise God and Thank God daily for what He has done to me. Can you imagine the God of all the universe who made everything in it watching is only Son tortured, ridiculed, mocked, beaten and finally hung on a Cross. What kept Him there He did not have to. It was His love for us. Thank you Lord God.

  • dlkr1

    WOW What an overuse and abuse of critical thinking. God does have a plan for each and everyone of us. He knows in advance how many days we will live down to how many breaths we take. He knows in advance all things. Meanwhile He allows us free will…simply because He wants us to freely seek Him and come to know His love and truth. Perhaps you truly are curious about Palin, perhaps its because YOU see Christ’s spirit in her. Rather than asking such questions for the sake of humiliating Sarah Palin, God and so many Christians…why not ask God? Why not seek the understanding you long for through Him…or the Purpose Driven Life? It helped many to get past their fear and misunderstandings of God. Many of your questions are sad, frustrating and just plain wrong on many levels. Some are just plain petty. I just find myself wondering how you think it is okay to do this to someone? What has Sarah done to you? And how would you feel if you were Sarah and why and how you can be this mean spirited?The thing is, if you understood Christian language and meaning…the difference between God’s plan, His will, our free will, the fact that God knows all, (including what is in your heart and why you really wrote this useless article.), and that it all works together you would see how wrong this article is. You would see the terrible and misguided expectation you put on someone ele’s faith and values, simply so you can try to demean a person and what they stand for, and consequently…millions of others. What are you thinking?You need to look at God’s heart and your own before you can ever dream of discerning what is in others hearts. I hope that someday you will come to regret your attacks on others and God. That you will find true peace and the loving God who loves us even though we all break His heart from time to time:) You see “contradictions” in what Sarah says…many claim the Bible to be full of contradictions…when considered and understood in the proper context, there are no true contradictions…just the human made ones.BTW, Jesus, while gracious and loving, was and is not a doormat, Sally.

  • BlueDog1

    I’m certainly not qualified to enter the deep theological discussion that Ms. Quinn’s column generated.I do think she presents a fundamental point about Sarah Palin that I have often wondered myself: For someone on such intimate terms with God, she certainly demonstrates a casual grasp of the principles of her professed Christianity. Not much forgiving going on there. Humility sorely lacking. Etc.Living in Alaska, I’ve seen her idea of compassion at work when many Alaska Native villages were actually choosing between fuel and food last winter. (She baked cookies and delivered them during a photo op with Franklin Graham; her opponents organized statewide food drives.)In any case, her spiritual flaws are between her and God. But I feel fully qualified to judge her actions as compared with her words.So far, I’m not impressed one bit.

  • dlkr1

    Ummm…am I correct in that O’Reilly got from Sally that she hasn’t even read the newly released book?

  • JohnBrotherton

    Ms. Quinn,Your inane diatribe about the soveriegnty of God clearly shows your true lack of understanding about Jesus Christ, His teachings, and His followers. It also shows that your issues are with God and not Sarah Palin.Rick Warren managed to write a book retelling the story of God’s plan for us, and it sold millions because the Church doesn’t have time to seek Christ themselves. After all, why not let the pros from Dover handle all that for us?Get away from the “clergy” and find out what the actual Church is doing in the world. Maybe it will make a believer out of you.

  • truenorth

    If Sally Quinn finds herself confronted for the first time with the tensions between God’s will and human freedom on upon reading Sarah Palin’s book, then she should let someone else comment on the subject who has already given the subject some thought (i.e. just about any religious person).

  • trisha4

    To all of you praising Palin and attacking Sally, have you even read Sarah’s book? Sally, you were spot on with this one.I thought the book was very mean spirted and cruel. Not only does she blame everyone around her from the campaign, she mocks people who helped her get started, back in Wasilla(former friends who are now her enemy) as being rumbled and pudgy and unable to keep food off of their tie. Was that necessary to tell her life story? She makes really cruel and mean comments that were unnecessary to the book. I can’t believe she is a role model for Christians today. I am consider myself a Christian, and her mean spirtited attacks are not what I would look up to in a Christian leader.There is no forgivness, there is no mercy. As Palin tells it, she is a wonderful Christian and everyone else is to blame.Also, the minister’s or clergy that are posting here defending Sarah. Oh my gosh, read the book and come back and tell us all that this woman represents your God and the life of Christ.

  • merrymary1

    Sal! Join the ranks of the humorless, lifted, tucked & arrogant who judge a person’s (Palin)spiritual beliefs! Give that Palin gal a break : they prbly haven’t HEARD of Rick Warren, his book (or his 90% tithing) way up there in Alaska yet! Still, one would have hoped Palin got the memo RE religious hipness, found in the person & preaching of Pastor Jeremiah Wright! Golly & darn it – why doesn’t she get it? Your in-depth interview with Palin helped you …oh. WHOOPS! You forgot to do that!

  • merrymary1

    PS – Sally! You & JON MEACHAM run this gig? Ewwwww. That’s the dude that wrote a glowing (ha) story on Palin – complete with the classless Newsweek cover of her, stolen from Runners Mag. Yelck. Better watch that Universe & Karma stuff, Sal!

  • MadamDeb

    Sally, your column was spot-on and I agreed with every concern you voiced, and have the same questions myself. As one who lived through the late 60’s-early 70’s in demonstration-filled DC (at college), I went home to my Methodist church in staunchly Nixonian Pennsylvania with a whole new attitude toward the hypocrisy rampant in the pews. I was and am what I call a “New Testament Christian,” believing in the teachings of Jesus Christ, and to find people espousing those teachings and yet warmongering and hating filled me with such dismay that I have not gotten over it to this day. Yes, I was naive, I suppose, but some of us Christians want and need to live with Christ-like values, and I, like you, have not abandoned those values (well, maybe except for 9/11).Reading the comments on this article lead me to believe that the Palin crowd is out in full force. And that their defending her and her crowd’s hypocrisy is sad but not surprising.

  • ThisIsReality

    People may have differing opinions of Palin, but anyone who considers Sally Quinn either a thinker or a writer must have a screw loose. Quinn’s just a nasty piece of work.

  • Athena4

    You’re absolutely right, Broadwaters. American Christians have been warped into something that Jesus would not have recognized.BTW, I was in Cairns (well, Palm Cove) this time last year and had a great time. I wish that I’d gotten to see more of the town. I’ll have to get back there someday and say g’day to you. Hubby and I loved Oz. The people were so much nicer and more tolerant than here in the States.

  • harbinger317

    Sally Quinn is an ultra liberal and she doesn’t need to be mocking us Christians. YOu don’t have to agree with us but you’re typically arrogant liberal condescension of us doesn’t further your point of view it just irritates us that you’re so arrogent and so angry at us. Your hatred is your issue. I know you wear a nice and genteel manner but you hate us too much to write about us fairly withuot making us look like brutes while you are the gentle mother goddess looking down at her confused chidlren. you are a symptom of the leftist media. you think you’re better than us and you know how to mask this arrogence to justify to yourself and the rest of your supporters this arrogence.

  • fredtaylor1

    Where do we go to report Sally Quinn’s column on Sarah Palin as obvert hate speech?

  • DeserveLibertyDotCom

    Too bad Quinn doesn’t hold “liberal” writers to the same standard to which she holds Palin on the topic of self-absorption. Additionally, we should seriously question whether or not Quinn has has credibility with respect to a discussion of Calvinism vs. Arminianism.

  • rhettab

    It’s obvious that the comments made are coming from very few with many names….and they all sound like the fringe that they are….what’s up with all of them? If they’re admitting to watching Sally on FOX – what’s left for us to assume? They are the Christian Right who don’t know the difference between tolerance, charity and love vs. hypocrisy, revenge and hate. Not AT ALL what Jesus preached. The mean spiritedness of the right is astounding. Ignorance doesn’t help either.

  • jimbob5

    Why Sally, you sound soooo ….. Christopher Hitchens !!!

  • RealityCheck28

    i have no idea why liberals have to constantly attack christain believers. They won’t say boo about a Muslim but Jews and Christains are fair game, every day. I saw Quinn on O’Reilly and she is another liberal bashing palin because she feels a connection to G-d and allows that to influence her life. Quinns coy attempt to praise Rick Warren is just a smoke creen, she really thinks he is another kook caught up in the G-d game but to say so would relagate her to the lunatic fringe. So she placates Christains and tris to look moderate by throwing a few nice words to Rick Warren. Doesn’t that make you sick, it sure does for me. Its about time liberals simply respected Christain rights to express G-d as part of their life. All this backlash to Christmas sceans, posting of the 10 commandments, a Xmas drive at a public schools are insane. When did teaching the Judeo Christain philopshy of charity, compassion and responsibility become a problem. As for Jon Mecham, the cover of Newsweek says it all about how he sees Sarah Palin. He is conetent to mock her by putting her on the cover in a racey outfit thereby attempting to reduce her to some kooky, sexy nut job. Quinn is along for that ride too. it is a disgrace and just shows how intellectually corrupt and bias the left is.In politics there is a pendulum what sways back and forth between liberal and conservative. We are in the swing of liberals right now who cannot help but soil themsleves through obvious bias. We see and read it everyday. The Times, The Post, Newsweek, Time and the rest have shown that when it comes to values and religion, their idea of objectivity is ridicule and contempt. Quinns garbage that she calls an editorial proves the point.

  • katem1

    I don’t judge Sarah for her politics, her version of faith, her marriage, her daughter’s untimely pregnancy, nor her resignation from the Governorship. And as unchristianlike I find her attacks on the Prez, (note the look of anger and hate that comes on her face when Walters asks her to grade the Prez), I feel pity for her at such hatred. God forgive me, I can not help but judge her for riding hours on a plane when her amniotic fluid was leaking. Trig was already facing so many challenges, and to risk his life by not going to a hospital right away she was risking infection, dry birth, prolapsed placenta, breech birth, cord around neck, etc… risks that any woman in her fifth pregnancy would know. She said she wanted him born in Alaska. That’s more important than his safety? And so why did she drive an hour to the Wasilla hospital, instead of going straight to the Anchorage hospital from the airport?? How could she have risked his life like that? HuffPo had an article before the Oprah interview asking what question you think Oprah should ask: why she rode that plane was one of the most asked questions. And one no one seems to ask her, accepting her statement of wanting him to be born in Alaska. sigh…

  • djah

    The notion that God gets credit for all the good stuff but no blame for the bad is what Ms. Quinn is seeking to perpetuate here.

  • aliigoe

    While I suspect the authors did not intend them to be so, the majority of these posts are quite hilarious.

  • clankie

    I’m not sure why you Libbies are all over Sarah Palin, but if I were you, with an illicit obsession like that, I’d seek therapy.

  • ableman

    Sally,

  • Kathy5

    “Sally, you sound more like a jezebel then anything to do with a christian.Why does little old Sarah threaten you Libbie’s so ? Does it have anything to do with that she actually tries to practice and sets a standard that you cant ? So like a jealous little girl you try to tear her down to your morally challenged level.GROW UP !!!”******************************************And further, YOUR written words here are certainly not God or Jesus like at all which makes you all hypocrites. You are hateful and down right ugly in your defense of sarah (no capital S for her). You’re just plain scary, as it sarah. We’re fighting a war against a super religious sect of people all the while trying to promote our own super religious sect in our own country? Scary that.

  • Kathy5

    Is this the same Sally Quinn that slept with her husband’s best friend? Surely not as she would be a hypocrite in critizing Sarah Palin. IF I am correct, then Quinn is not a Christian as adultry is a sin.****************************************”Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” – guess that would be you sprayadhesive huh?So sad .. . . . . .. . . . . . you’re one of those, “I’m a Christian and I don’t know why, I just am” people.

  • jaxas

    This is all very amusing but wholly irrelevant. Sarah Palin does not have an intelligent, coherent world view. She is a fundamentalist Christian and that’s alright with me if she wants to become a minister. But, the idea of someone with the simplistic, faith based notions she has being President would be a disaster for America.Look. It was bad enough under Bush who al to often allowed religion to be a basis for his decisionmaking and it rurned out badly. But Palin is way over the top in comparison to Bush. Her ideas on government are downright silly and childish.I cannot imagine that even the addled GOP in its present dilapidated state would allow her anywhere close to the nomination. And as for all of this bubble and fizz being artificially created around her book tour, imagine what she would do if the media actually did what a responsible professional institution should do: ignore her.Of course they win’t. They can’t. Why? Because media has become just another corporate entity trying to survive in a very challenging environment. They need ratings, circulation, profit. Sarah Palin is gold when it comes to that. Just like Barnum and Baily coming to town in times when the economy was depressed.But, it will fade in time. And Sarah will wear badly with the public. They will eventually grow weary of her stunts and tantrums to attract publicity. And she will join the ranks of past media flares who enjoy their brief time in the heights before they burn out.

  • claude_musy

    Liberals seem to be paying as much attention to Sarah Palin , if not more, as conservatives.I am shocked that christians are so willing to critisize another christians faith, especially when others were accusing a Harlot, Jesus said, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.” As I can tell, there is quite a collection of stones piled up here.It also reminds of the relgious leaders who considered themselves better than others, critisized Jesus for drinking wine and associating with sinners.And finally Ms. Quinn. I am sure you are finding a boost in your readership just as Oprah received a boost in her ratings. Nice move.

  • harkadahl

    Its clear that the vast majority of right wing “christians” posting on the board here have absolutely no intellectual ability to understand Quinns point. The free-will conundrum is lost on just about EVERY poster. Either you have it or you don’t. If God knows all about the future then it is pre-ordained and we have no free will. If we have free will, he cannot know all. Its blindingly, screamingly, logically obvious!! Unless you struggle to think critically.

  • jaxas

    There is about a 15% slice of the public that has this fawning obsession with Palin. The other 15%-20% who support her in the polls are soft supporters who like the negative things she says about Obama, and liberals and the media but are of questionable reliabilty when it comes to nominating her. They are not stupid. They want to win.The same holds on the left–about 15% loathe her and are obsessive about it. But here is the reason she won’t be President. The remaining half of the country who doesn’t obsess over her say they definitely won’t vote for her. Not because they see her as a nutty fundamentalist (which she indeed may be) but simply because her perfomance when she is before the country and in the media, indicates that she simply is not qualified or bright einough to be a credible President.And that half of the country is not likely to change their minds because they made that calculation based on Palin’s own shoddy performance and her tendency to lie in an almost compulsive way. Even now, high level republicans are looking at the things she says in her book and comparing what she says to what McCain and his adides are saying and making the calculation that she would be a disaster.Of course, a great many of them won’t say it, but it is what they believe.

  • vballboy60

    Fundamentalist or orthodox Christians, as can be the case with orthodox followers of other religions, choose to ignore the requirement in American politics that church and state shall be seperate. Governance is secular so that it is fair to everyone by faovring no one. The various sects within Christianity clarify this point in that they do not agree with each other’s interpreations of the Bible or Christianity…The key word here being, INTERPRETATIONS…and fundamentalists can have some pretty extreme interpretations and requirements for their version of Christianty. So keep all religion out of American political decision-making.

  • Kathy5

    “I do not think it is anyone’s businesss to try to figure out what God intended for Sarah Palin. Her relationship with god is personal and not to be questioned. Let this woman and her family alone. No one knows how she feels for you are not her and you should not judge her.”I agree – therefore she (sarah) should keep tohose personal beliefs to herself and not in the political arena.

  • jaxas

    For my part, religious arguments for this or for that are completely irrelevant. Why? Because I already know what happens when you die. I have done it many times before.What most human beings fail to grasp is that we are no different from the cosmos we are a part of. Any child whose mind has not be captured by rigid fundamentalist true believers of one sort or another can llok at nature and see that it is an endless cycle of birth, death, rebirth.All things in creation are a part of this cycle from universes and galaxies and stars down to the samllest particles in this unimaginably complex cosmos, until we get down to the immortal electron.It does not matter whether human beings believe this or not. Just as it does not matter whether you believe in evolution or not. It just is and will go on forever.Some will resist this as a nihilst view. Not really when you accept the idea that the purpose of life is the living of it.

  • daune

    Ms Quinn, how incredibly hypocritical you are. So Sarah Palin’s theology confuses you huh? Well, last I checked, she doesn’t pretend to have a degree in theology; nor does she pretend to be a minister. She is a politician, and a human being. And she tries to live her life as a christian as best as she can. I saw you criticizing her on Bill O’Reilly – you looked like a petty, nasty, unchristian bigot. She, in an interview on Sean Hannity that same night, came across as a human being who cares deeply about people, tries to live a good life, and who cares deeply about children and people with special needs. Your questions are tacky, and your final comment on The Factor about throwing a two year old off a cliff – or however you so crassly put it, left me shaking my head in disbelief. Sarah Palin knowingly gave birth to a son with Down’s Syndrome, and in every interview I see, she talks about the joy he has brought to her life. She is an amazing woman with a rich loving life – I am grateful she has chosen to share that with the country. You are a petty piece of work – I wish you would stop sharing your narrow, nasty little mind with the country.

  • tony11

    sprayadhesive -Smooth! The adultery slam against Sally Quinn IS appropriate, and I find it extremely disconcerting to have someone like her as a moderator/contributor to ‘On Faith’. The vanity she represents is shockingly obvious, and as I have watched her interviews (the ‘On Faith’ video interviews are VERY good – with the exception of Quinn’s Joker-like plastic-surgery-forged smile) and read a few of her posts, it’s hard to not to be truly amazed at the hypocrisy of her take on Palin. Quinn’s credibility on ‘On Faith’ is nil, but alas, she does a GOOD job with the video interviews and I will still tune in to those… As for Sarah Palin, why pay her any attention? She has been winning the PR/media battle since the end of the campaign. Her book is a best seller. She got the Oprah seal of approval. She’s a quitter, but yet, she is still a force across the landscape of nat’l politics. No matter what she represents or contradicts she is WINNING! STOP PAYING HER ATTENTION!

  • Jumpy66

    Is this the same Sally Quinn that slept with her husband’s best friend? Surely not as she would be a hypocrite in critizing Sarah Palin. IF I am correct, then Quinn is not a Christian as adultry is a sin.Possibly the DUMBEST post ever in the On Faith section! LOL.

  • michaelleger1

    Right on Sally:

  • analyst72

    One summer at Bible Camp, Miss Piggy indicated that she “put my life in my creator’s hands and trust Him as I sought my life’s path.”

  • drburns4

    Ms Quinn, your constant bashing of all things Sarah Palin shows just how terrified you are that women (and men)of America admire and identify with her. Sarah Palin has brought to light how much you and so many of your elite east coast intellectuals loath main stream America.

  • wcrickards

    Sally –You act as if God couldn’t have been with Sarah Palin because of all the bad things that happened (such as, if it was God’s will for her to run for the vice president slot, then why did she lose).Just because something bad happens doesn’t mean that it couldn’t have been God’s will.Read the story of Joseph. He was sold into slavery by his brothers, was falsely accused of rape, and then spent the next few years of his life in a prison. But later, because of the position he was in, he was noticed by the Pharaoh, and later was able to rescue the Egyptians and Israelis from starvation.Sure, maybe a snarky columnist wrote ‘if God was with Joseph, how come he was thrown in jail?’ back then… but it still didn’t negate the fact that God was with Joseph all along. Even in the difficult times.

  • aputnam

    I am no fan of Sarah Palin’s. But Sally, I am shocked by the mean-spirited way that you trivialize and mock Palin’s religious beliefs (“Did God plan for her to…”). The concept that God has a plan and that all details of any individual’s life are under God’s almighty control is not a new idea, and certainly not unique to Palin. It is a doctrine that is believed by millions. It is presented in many places throughout the Bible, and has been the subject of serious scholarly debate by theologians throughout the ages. Your sarcastic attack on these ideas reflects a surprising lack of awareness of Christian doctrine and a shocking lack of tolerance for the views of others. The Washington Post should not support this kind of journalism. Readers would be better served by columns that help those from different backgrounds to understand the religious views of Palin (and others) rather than trivializing and mocking those views.

  • noneofyourbizwax

    After seeing your segment of BOR’s show on FoxNews I’ve got a question for you Sally.Did God intend for you to be a smug, judgemental insidious & biased witch? I don’t think so,it seems to be your choice & you’ve gone off the rails of Gods plan. And as you quoted Jim Warren “its not about you” I believe you should reflect on that because you’re all about “hating” and getting your insided opinion, digs & insults on record.Shame on BOR for having you on his show, he is going to hear from me.

  • PutUSA1ST

    Oh, what accusations some make about Sarah! All of your hatred spewing out of your mouths and pens. Real Christians would not presume to interpret “Sarah’s God”. FYI all such subjects like GAYS she leaves in God’s hands. If you haven’t read her book or really listened to her, you are missing an encounter with a Great Child of God. I know you think you are clever with your nasty comments, obviously you didn’t ‘run them by GOD first’. As for Ms. Quinn: You looked mighty small, petty and very jealous in your O’Reilly interview (once again). It’s obvious to me that you couldn’t begin to understand what a wonderful woman, wife, mother and PATRIOT Gov. Palin is. We get it, too bad you don’t. IF this country ever needed a PATRIOT in the face of the Muslim Trojan Horse Marxist occupying the WH now, the time is now. She and her supporters (millions and millions of true Americans) just might save us from SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM and/or MARXISM. Those who have eyes let them see; those who have ears let them hear.

  • chicagoan3

    You are so right! Thank you for saying it!The God of the Christian Bible is a God of peace, reconciliation, love, truth, and forgiveness — not a God of vendettas, retaliation, settling scores, lies and hypocrisy. Ms Palin should go back and read all the parts of this book that she apparently skipped.

  • MikeP2

    Sally,You misread Palin’s quote (“put my life in my creator’s hands and trust Him as I sought my life’s path.”) as indicating either that she believes God controls her life or that everything which happens to her is done to her by God and therefore can’t be defined as bad. You go on for some paragraphs ridiculing her with rhetorical questions. Read the quote again. 1. She writes, “as I sought my life’s path.” If she is seeking her life’s path, she has some agency in her path. 2. To “put my life in my creator’s hands and trust Him” does not mean that she thinks God controls her life or controls everything which happens to her. The quote doesn’t say that. To trust God with one’s life can acknowledge that bad things happen, but that in the end of it all God guarantees that life has positive meaning. I’m not defending Palin. I don’t like her politics, and I think that she is hurting the country. But your ridicule about this one fact is childish and misplaced.

  • waterfrontproperty

    Sally -Stay off of O’Reilly. You are showing yourself to be a fool. He dances circles around you. (And tonight you looked like you had slept in your clothes and doubled up on your Prozac.) As for your remarks about Trig… what a low class thing to say. Crawl back under your rock.

  • gterhune

    Sally, how sad…Either you are truly ignorant concerning matters of spiritual free-will and pre-ordination, or you are exhibiting prejudicial sanctimony toward “Sarah”.Based on the logic you presented in this article, the former is probably true. And, based on your past comments concerning Sarah Palin, the latter is evidencially true.I have waited for a “good word” from you concerning Sarah Palin. A “good word” that isn’t couched in criticism. I have never seen or heard any. How is it that you are a contributor to a column “On Faith” when you can’t find it in your heart to exercise the second of the two greatest commandments… “and love thy neighbor as thyself.”

  • sprayadhesive

    PutUSA1st

  • broadwaters

    I have been a Presbyterian Minister for over 25 years, both in the United States and in Australia. This included having the privilege of representing Australia as an official greeter in receiving new ambassadors into the country as they started their new assignments. At a reception held in Cairns, Queensland, my wife and I spent time personally speaking to Alexander Downer, Australia’s, then, Secretary of State, as well as new Ambassadors from all over the world who were coming to serve as their country’s representatives.

  • karolinagurl20

    Oh Sally, Sally. I just watched you on O’Reilly. Either I should applaud you for your bravery or pitty you for your stupidity. You seemed out of your range on conversation on this topic. “God’s will” is something we cannot change HIS mind about, but that doesn’t mean we obtain all the He wants, plans and desires for us. He gives us our moral agency and free will to chose for ourselves. It’s the opposite of communism. You judging Sarah Palin’s loyalty to that principle that she choses to live by was WEAK!!! Your remarks about Trigg were seriously something a child would say in an argument. It was ridiculous and innapropriate. Out of one side of your mouth you told Bill that you do not want to “critisize” her beliefs and yet the apparent hypocrite that you are you critisized her the whole time you wrote that stupid article. God’s will is for us to be happy, to struggle, learn from those struggles and triumph. Again it’s capatilism not communism or even socialism. He wants the best for us, but just like any parent handing it to your child doesn’t benifet that child. We all make mistakes and it’s our choice to either learn from them and become stronger and wiser or repeat them and fall short of His will. You are utterly incompetent on this subject. You literally have no leg to stand on so you should open your mouth on subjects where you obviously have zero knowledge about the basis of your laughable argument. Seriously how do these people keep their jobs… Write about like liberal arts or lesbian rights or something you have a wealth of knowledge about, leave people’s faith out of your venom please.

  • Mnnngj

    “A Purpose Driven Life” has sold more books in English than any other book in history except for the Bible. Sally QuinnWikipedia has a “List of best selling books” and its nowhere to be seen! Stuff like Harry Potter, even Betty Crockers Cookbook but nothing on this one…As for Sarah, maybe God is having her become the Republican nominee so that Obama will be certain to have a second term. Maybe its all Gods fault?

  • drippolito2

    So now you can see into a person’s heart. Who among all of us has not argued with God or questioned him and the beliefs he engenders to us? Your hubris is exceeded only by your ignorance of the nuances of Christianity. As O’Reilly correctly pointed out… we are not all Calvinists. You try to disguise your thinly veiled disdain for Ms Palin but it comes through anyway… why do you resent her so much. Why does she pose such a threat to your sensibilities?? Sit down and ask yourself Why..could it be that she is attractive, happy, accomplished..with a hot loving husband?

  • drippolito2

    So now you can see into a person’s heart. Who among all of us has not argued with God or questioned him and the beliefs he engenders to us? Your hubris is exceeded only by your ignorance of the nuances of Christianity. As O’Reilly correctly pointed out… we are not all Calvinists. You try to disguise your thinly veiled disdain for Ms Palin but it comes through anyway… why do you resent her so much. Why does she pose such a threat to your sensibilities?? Sit down and ask yourself Why..could it be that she is attractive, happy, accomplished..with a hot loving husband?

  • momoski33

    I think this article just proves how ignorant and JEALOUS Liberals are.

  • oscar777

    Sally, of course you are confused. You are not a Christian, and are rather a self-confessed atheist. It follows that you do not believe in a God, and you cannot conceive in a personal relationship with such. This means that you are not qualified to make your conclusions, except for your statement that you are confused. You could have written your entire article in two sentences. 1. A person who claims to be Christian says something about “God”.2. I am confused.That would have summed it up. Your snarky little questions reveal your lack of understanding about Christianity, and do not reveal anything at all about Mrs. Palin. Thank you for demonstrating the silliness of having an atheist for a “religion historian”.

  • jander8122

    Ms. Quinn’s first sentence in her narrative yields a clue as to why Ms Quinn is confused.’In her new book Sarah Palin writes that one summer at Bible Camp she “put my life in my creator’s hands and trust Him as I sought my life’s path.”‘It appears the use of the word “sought” is what confused Ms Quinn. She seems to have read “found” instead of the word written, “sought.”

  • Christie2

    I appreciate Sally’s confusion with the phrase “God’s plan”. She’s right. A plan is something that is rigid and leaves no room for use of free will. In Hebrew or Greek, there’s no “God’s plan” in the Bible. A reading of the Bible though does reveal that God has a purpose. A study of the Bible shows that his purpose is to restore the earth to paradise conditions. He will populate it with people who want to live in harmony with his standards- those who survive the Great Tribulation and those who are resurrected from the dead. (This is why all who die do not go to heaven. They are asleep in death, waiting for the resurrection.) The meaning of his name,Yahweh or Jehovah, is loosely translated, “he who causes to become”. He can do whatever he wills to accomplish his purpose. The Genesis and Exodus account shows he listens to his people and gives them dignity to make choices. Free will is a great gift which carries great responsibility. It’s part of our responsiblity to learn what his will is and then do what we want. Even if you reject Jehovah outright, you can still enjoy life. He designed us that way.

  • Amyday1

    I like Sarah … she’s not a lawyer, and she’s not a white businessman … we are lucky she chose politics!Sally Quinn is jealous, trashy, rude, snobbish, and mean. A nasty, snarky feminist elite who has turned green with envy! Pitiful!

  • frederic2

    If not eating from the tree of knowledge is the main criterion for being a wonderful Christian, Palin certainly merits the upper percentiles of the pious. And in this respect she is in perfect harmony with a huge swath of the US populace. They will all go to heaven, not having been tainted by a shade of knowledge.

  • dennishjr1

    Sarah Palin may very well be a good person. Who among us writing here really knows. We know what she tells us via TV interviews or in her new book. Or, we know what we read, see or hear in the media, whether as news stories or opinion. The real problem here is with the current culture of obsessively worshiping celebrities – whether they be movie stars, TV personalities, athletes, talk show hosts or politicians. Some people seek and find power through their celebrity, their job or their political leanings. Sarah Palin, the “figure” is a product of this sort of celebrity worship.All that said, she comes across as shallow, not very worldly and all too willing to be glorified in the name of … money, power and ego. She is not alone in this need or greed, but I would hope for more of someone to idolize or identify with, much less respect.

  • biggeorge1

    For once I have to agree with you.You are confused.To read all the vitriol and hate that is directed personally at Palin is a sad state of affairs of those who oppose her. By attacking her personally they show that they cannot argue the points and platforms on which she stands, but must attempt to attack the messenger simply because they can’t argue the message. You say nothing about the vast ignorant and hate filled statements made against her, yet spend time here knocking her for responding. True, turn the other cheek is a tenant of the Christian faith, but the real issue is that the personal attacks against her happened in the first place. Maybe you should concentrate on the passage about those without sin casting the first stone. You also might want to do a little research and read the articles that show how the media has treated her differently in a negative fashion than any other candidate. One obvious example; show me which Obama book the AP assigned multiple writers to “fact check”. Another example; show me where you have written such a negative column against Jeremiah Wright and his anti American hate speeches.The problem is that Palin is a candidate in which the majority of Americans can relate. She represents family values, a Christian faith, fiscal responsibility, she comes across as typical middle America. And this scares the liberal faction; they have no argument to stand up to what a majority of Americans see as one of their own, so they restlessly attack her without merit.Liberals have to ignore the fact that recent polls show that over 40% of Americans consider themselves conservative, and only 20% consider themselves liberal. I can see why they are scared of her.I hope authors like you continue to attack her in the same manner; it just strengthens the resolve that most Americans feel towards her. Keep up the good work!cajunkingkong.wordpress.com

  • StewartIII

    NewsBusters: Sally Quinn Says Sarah Palin’s a Rotten Christian (Unlike Reverend Wright)

  • anne4

    Hey, Nymous, the Russia comment was made by SNL, not by Palin. It is a typical jibe by liberals who get their “news” from comedy shows rather than taking the time to listen to what people actually say. And then liberals speak with absolute certainty, spreading the lies.

  • hunibunch

    So you met with and liked Rick Warren. That is not surprising – Rick Warren is personable and it is Politically Correct to approve of Rick Warren. Anyone who reads Warren’s phenomenal best seller, “The Purpose Driven Life,” beyond the opening sentence “It’s not all about you…” will find the spiritual principals which Sarah Palin applied in real life. I do not know if you have personally met Sarah Palin, but she appears to be personable and has also authored a best seller, but there is a big difference – it is not PC to like or approve of her. In reading your various columns about Palin, I have never seen anything you like about her. Perhaps the problem is not with Palin.

  • Athena4

    Okay, let me explain it to you like a six-year-old. The reason that people do not like Sarah Palin is NOT because she’s a Christian, she’s pro-life, or from Alaska. It’s that she’s intellectually incurious, a congential liar, ethically challenged, easily manipulated, uses her Down’s Syndrome kid as a prop, and is the epitome of every “mean girl” from high school. She’s vacuous and a narcissist. She stabs other women in the back to get what she wants. Yes, we’re afraid of her – afraid of what she’d do if she ever got into a position of power! As for “everybody loves her”, that is patently false. I personally know of two non-Fundamentalist Christian Republicans – one who loathes Hillary Clinton – who voted for Obama because they didn’t want Palin anywhere near the Oval Office. I imagine that a lot of moderate Republicans feel the same way.

  • grote_mark

    Sally, Sally, Sally. Where do I begin? The tone of your article is so very religious. I am quite amazed that a writer for a column titled “On Faith” can write this stuff. Based on what I read, the basic tenets of the Christian faith seem lost on you and if that qualifies you to be the columnist on faith, then I’m qualified to write for the NE Journal of Medicine. Please Sally. Do not be so naive. You write as if the end justifies the means. In other words, if good things happen, it’s God, and if bad things happen, it’s not. Have you ever read the book of Job? Sometimes God asks us to pick up and carry our cross.

  • Alex511

    fr putusafirst:>…It’s obvious to me that you couldn’t begin to understand what a wonderful woman, wife, mother and PATRIOT Gov. Palin is. We get it, too bad you don’t. IF this country ever needed a PATRIOT in the face of the Muslim Trojan Horse Marxist occupying the WH now, the time is now…Your bff the ice queen is NOT “wonderful”, nor is she a “patriot”. Your bff is a liar, and is hopelessly unqualified for any job including dog catcher. Thank Heavens McCain did NOT win the election.Oh, and PRESIDENT Obama is not a muslim, nor is he a “marxist”. Grow UP.

  • mtolincoln

    Responding to the comment by honorswar26 and to many others in the same vein: While she writes that “I just can’t get over the mean-spirited comments that so many liberals make here about Sarah Palin,” I would alter that to something very similar: “I just can’t get over the mean-spirited comments that so many Christians make here about Sally Quinn”.Most of the comments made in response to Sally Quinn’s questions and confusions as she tries to thoughtfully comprehend Sarah Palin’s assertions have been ad homimen. They have failed to objectively respond in any way to the questions she raised. Instead, we see here mainly an unthoughtful non-discussion of the views of either woman–Sally Quinn or Sarah Palin. We’re seeing instead others merely attacking someone who has tried to make others “think” logically about what Sarah Palin wrote in her book.

  • mtolincoln

    I’d like to respond to the comment left by StewartIII, for I think it’s typical of many other responses as well.

  • mdaner88

    I find it interesting that Ms. Quinn used Rick Warren to somehow impune Sarah Palin and her rogue Christianity. It is obvious that Ms. Quinn has either never read Pastor Warren’s book (which she mentioned on the show), or forgot that Pastor Warrn believes (as do most Christians) that God has a plan for all of us. Chapter two of his book discusses this concept in detail. In fact the dedication of his book reads “This book is dedicated to you. Before you were born, God planned this moment in your life. It is no accident that you are holding this book. God longs for you to discover the life he created you to live-here on earth and forever in eternity” So I guess Rick Warren is also a “rogue” Christian.

  • Brusstar

    Christianity long ago settled that God’s greatest gift is free will and that the essense of being human (free will) allows us to reject God’s plan. So many of the questions Ms Quinn poses about Palin are rendered silly with the most rudimentary understanding of Christianity. So what exactly makes her think she is qualified to write about something she obviously knows nothing about? It reminds me of Americans telling the rest of the soccer-loving world what is wrong with their sport.

  • Rob-Roy

    Ms Quinn, who’s god is apparently a vague, ethereal near irrelevancy, questions Sarah Palin’s faith and does so with so many vulgar cheap shots, it is unworthy of the National Enquirer.Ms Quinn, when she does attend church, apparently goes the the Episcopalian Cathedral. It is interesting to note that the Assemblies of God church (Sarah Palin’s church) now has more people in attendance on Wednesday evenings than the Episcopalians do on Sundays. The Episcopal denomination is rapidly disappearing and whose central function now seems to be homosexual activism. In contrast, the AoG church is rapidly growing and has millions witnessing to the Gospel message of repentance and forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.