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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 20, 2009 / 3 Kislev 5770

Sally Quinn on Sarah Palin — Versus Reality

By David Limbaugh




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It seems the mainstream media's favorite pastime is to ridicule Sarah Palin. Of all the screeds I've read, I don't think any are snarkier than The Washington Post's Sally Quinn's "On Faith" blog post "Sarah Palin's 'rogue' Christianity."

Do we need further proof of the secular orientation of our dominant media culture than the fact that Quinn, an avowed atheist, pens the Post's "On Faith" blog? That would be like featuring a column by Fidel Castro on free enterprise and individual liberties.

On her mini-bio, Quinn writes: "I announced to my parents when I was 13 that I was an atheist. And I was a committed atheist all of my life. My view was that more evil had been done in the name of religion than anything else in the world. I saw no redeeming value in it at all. Then I met Jon Meacham and we began talking. No, Jon didn't convert me, but he did convince me that religion was not a subject to be dismissed or disdained."

If that's true, why did Quinn devote her entire blog post to dismissing and disdaining Sarah Palin's profession of faith in her book, "Going Rogue"? I must admit, though, it's difficult to tell whether Quinn is motivated more by her disdain for Sarah Palin, whom she has a history of berating, or mainstream Christianity.

Quinn says: "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.'"

Quinn — convinced she has exposed Palin as confused, conflicted and acutely hypocritical — volleys a series of rhetorical questions designed to reveal Palin's apparent inconsistency in believing that G0d is in complete control ("I don't believe in coincidences") and yet he allows or causes terrible things to happen to people.

Here's a sampling of Quinn's ill-informed, sneering arrogance: "Did G0d plan for her to become Governor of Alaska. If so, did G0d plan for her to step down. … Did G0d plan for her to have a huge wardrobe? Then why did she apologize for it? ... Did G0d plan for her daughter Bristol to get pregnant while she was a teenager? Why was she then not thrilled."

Perhaps Quinn wouldn't be so smug if she were to do the slightest bit of thinking or reading about the concepts of G0d's sovereignty and free will — ideas that have challenged the finest minds for 2,000 years and contributed to denominational differences within evangelical Christianity. Has Quinn studied Calvin, Wesley, Luther or any other past or present theologian on these issues?

Nor is Palin's statement on coincidences unique. Indeed, as a matter of coincidence, er, I mean G0d's sovereignty, my own learned pastor, Ron Watts, made that very same statement ("I don't believe in coincidences") a few weeks ago in his sermon. He went on to add that he doesn't believe G0d's sovereignty is inconsistent with the doctrine of free will. I realize that "five-point" Calvinists may disagree, but that's beyond the scope of this column.

Quinn also implies that Palin is on the fringe of Christian thought by confessing her trust in Jesus Christ. But the reality is that Palin's faith profession is consistent with mainstream Christian thought. To place one's trust in Jesus Christ is of fundamental importance to Christians and, most believe, essential to salvation. Secularists often demean the concept as a sign of weakness ("using Christ as a crutch"), but Christians plead guilty to the indictment and respond that the Bible commands us to acknowledge our weakness and surrender ourselves to Christ. By ridiculing Palin on this point, Quinn mocks the Bible and all of mainstream Christianity and reveals her profound ignorance of basic Christian doctrine.

Quinn's derision would be easier to tolerate if she hadn't also written in her mini-bio: "I don't have any idea who or what G0d is. But the closest explanation I've heard … is … 'When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, G0d is the electricity that surges between them.'"

And Quinn has the audacity to condescend to Sarah Palin on matters of theology?

Quinn is exercised at Palin for supposedly settling scores in her book and allegedly failing to exhibit the Christian qualities of "love, generosity, mercy and forgiveness." But it's my informed guess that Quinn's contempt for Palin has nothing to do with these false charges or Palin's alleged hypocrisy or even her theology but is rooted in Palin's conservative ideology.

I'll just say this. Apart from the far left, those who have followed Sarah Palin will discern that Quinn's assessment is completely opposite of what they observe. You can't watch Sarah Palin in action or in interviews without recognizing her genuineness, her graciousness, her kindness and her authentic Christian spirit.

G0d bless her.

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