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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Still Flailing

This is from "the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School":

Sarah Palin's views make me fear that the Republican party has finally lost its mind.

As for sex, the hypocrisy of her outing her pregnant daughter in front of millions of people, hard on the heels of her concealing her own pregnancy (her faith in abstinence applying, apparently, only to non-Palins), is nicely balanced by her hypocrisy in gushing with loving support of her teenage daughter after using a line-item veto to cut funding for a transitional home for teenage mothers in Alaska.

Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman. The Republican party's cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.
Can you imagine what it must be like to PAY to sit in a classroom or lecture hall and listen to self-important self-obsessed self-aggrandizing clucks like this?

Wendy Doniger: All Beliefs Welcome, Unless They are Forced on Others - On Faith at

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