Sunday, May 9, 2010

Palin: Ten Commandments Should Be American Law

What would we bloggers do if we didn't have poor Sarah Palin to kick around? Last Thursday evening, during an appearance on Fox News's O'Reilly Factor, Palin continued to hone her argument that the United States is a "Christian nation."

Pressed (or encouraged) by O'Reilly, she said, "Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant. They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the 10 commandments, it’s pretty simple.” Here's the video:

The funniest part of the interview comes when O'Reilly asks Palin what she would say to non-Christians--specifically, Chinese religionists--who don't believe in the Bible. Her response? "Yay. Welcome to America."

But the most chilling part deserves re-emphasis: Palin believes we should create law on the God of the Bible and the 10 commandments. The suggestion is "simple"--even if the former governor's syntax is not.

So there you have it--add a plank to the Palin '12 platform:

1) Drill, baby, drill. (Just make sure you have lots of 100-ton metal domes to cover any stray leaks.)

2) Abolish death panels. (They are everywhere since health care reform passed.)

3) Make the Bible American law. (It's just what the founders ordered.)

Now, I won't even address the merits of Palin's "proposal" here. (The Atlantic Monthly's Jake Simpson has already provided a nice cross-section of online responses.) However, I will remind her that at least one group of Americans--Orthodox Jewry--already tries to live in perfect accordance with Biblical law. So perhaps I can offer Ms. Palin some unique advice: visit your local synagogue and see if they're accepting converts. Perhaps you'll find out that America is really a Hasidic nation!

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