Conservative Christians Criticize Sarah Palin’s “Waterboarding Is How We Baptize Terrorists” Comment

Sarah Palin (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
Sarah Palin (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s (R) comment at an NRA event this weekend that “waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists” is earning some criticism from a group that is otherwise often aligned with Palin: conservative Christians.

Here’s a sampling:

From Joe Carter of The Gospel Coalition:

For anyone to confess Christ as their savior and to compare one of the means of God’s grace to a reprehensible act of torture is reprehensible. I hope members of Gov. Palin’s local church will explain to her why her remarks denigrate the Christian faith. Such remarks bring shame on the Body of Christ and to our witness in the world. Even more shameful, however, is the fact that so many Christians would cheer her support of torture (and yes, waterboarding is torture).

Gov. Palin was attempting to appeal to the basest political populism (nothing in her remarks could be construed as genuinely conservative) by claiming that current U.S. counterterrorism policy is overly-tolerant and empathetic toward our enemies. She contends that proper policies would “put the fear of God into our enemies.”

Unfortunately, what Palin is proposing is a mixture of pagan ethics and civil deistic religion.

From Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist:

When my husband (who was baptized 10 years ago today, as it happens) told me about this, I had a hard time believing that she actually said it. Not just because baptism couldn’t be taken more seriously in traditional Christianity but because the media routinely misquote or fail to provide context for quotes. But the video makes the statement seem even worse.

So why did the crowd cheer when she said it? And why did some folks defend or downplay the statement on Twitter? I couldn’t begin to say, but they shouldn’t have done so.

The Lutheran catechism, which I have here on my shelf, is a collection of teachings for the church. A teaching aid for family use, it goes through the commandments and creed and sacraments and what not. The section on the sacrament of baptism explains what baptism is — the water connected to God’s word; what that word of God is — the Gospel of Jesus, and what baptism gives us:

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: The Washington Post
Aaron Blake

One comment

  1. I am thankful for Joe Carter’s clear words: “For anyone to confess Christ as their savior and to compare one of the means of God’s grace to a reprehensible act of torture is reprehensible.”

    Others were more offended by “baptism” and silent on “waterboarding.” One baptist pastor gave a relevant history of baptism. Would that more of us were aware of other relevant church history.

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