Governor Palin’s Interview With NewsBusters

Newsbusters published a pretty lengthy and very interesting interview with Governor Palin this evening. Take a look:

NEWSBUSTERS: Tell us what you were trying to achieve with your new book “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.”

SARAH PALIN: Honestly, it’s easy to lose track of the true meaning of Christmas. Beyond the “Jesus is the reason” type slogans, there are deep truths that should permeate our lives the entire year – good tidings of great joy we all need to hear, especially in times like this.

NEWSBUSTERS: Early in the book you wrote, “An angry atheist with a lawyer is one of the most powerful persons in America.” Please explain.

PALIN: This takes a little explaining about how our rights are normally protected, about why and who can sue a city, county or school. I go into this deeply in the book, but here’s the bird’s eye view.

Normally, a person can’t sue a public entity for a violation of constitutional rights unless he or she has a concrete injury. In other words, someone would have to show how the action of the public institution harmed his legally protected interests. For example, if you’re told not to speak, your right to free speech is violated. If you’re prohibited from holding a Bible study, your right to free exercise of religion has been compromised. In these examples, the power of the state is forcing you into silence or subjection.

But there’s a double standard at work. If someone is offended by a religious expression or speech in a public setting, then courts have allowed that offended person to sue — even if they weren’t censored, made to pray, or coerced into compliance with a different belief system, and even when they have a right to speak out and try to change public policy. Not only can people sue over hurt feelings, many times they’ve won.

This means people can silence their fellow citizens for no other reason than the fact that they were offended. This should stop…

NEWSBUSTERS: Later in the book you wrote, “Atheism’s track record makes the Spanish Inquisition seem like Disneyland by comparison.” Explain that for us.

PALIN: I wrote that as part of a larger discussion about Peter Hitchens’ great book “The Rage Against God.” Many people know about the book Peter’s atheist brother, the late Christopher Hitchens, wrote condemning religion; but I think fewer people know about Peter’s book.

Peter, a former atheist, wrote about his journey toward faith in “The Rage Against God.” His journey had a lot to do with his work as a Moscow correspondent in the late 1980s. He witnessed first hand the Soviet Union’s break up, and in particular he witnessed the moral collapse of a society without God in a country that openly persecuted people of faith, closed churches, imprisoned religious leaders, and forbade religious education. Atheistic Communism was one of the most violent and murderous ideologies in human history.

The history of the twentieth century is a sad compendium of atheism’s murderous track record – from Mao’s China to Pol Pot’s Cambodia and on and on. But we can go back even further in history to the French Revolution, which I also mentioned in the book. The Jacobins hated traditional Christianity and openly persecuted the Catholic Church. They imprisoned and murdered priests and nuns who wouldn’t be puppets for the state. They demolished or closed churches. At one point they were even changing the street names to remove references to the saints! As I wrote in “Good Tidings and Great Joy,” their hatred of Christianity didn’t lead to utopia. It led to the guillotine.

One of the points I tried to make in the book is the positive force faith has been in advancing human rights – like, for example, in the struggle to end slavery and achieve civil rights. I believe an objective look at history shows that our Judeo-Christian heritage has been and is a positive force for good. Atheism, on the other hand, not so much.

Newsbusters then changed the subject to Martin Bashir which the Governor responded to, then they asked:

NEWSBUSTERS: Have you ever figured out why you are so despised by virtually the entire liberal media and establishment?

PALIN: Nope. If you figure it out, let me know. But if they think their rabid foaming-at-the-mouth hatred scares me away from standing up for what’s right and defending those who need help, I’ll be happy to disappoint them! In the meantime, like Bristol said when the critics came out in force during her two seasons on Dancing With the Stars, “The critics are going to criticize and the haters are going to hate, so you might as well dance!”

NEWSBUSTERS: What many on the right have never understood about the media’s treatment of you is that you represent the perfect picture of the ideal feminist woman that “has it all”: great career, great children, great husband. Shouldn’t you actually be considered feminism’s role model, or must one be a liberal to be considered a feminist in America today? If that’s the case, isn’t feminism actually a political movement and NOT a women’s movement?

PALIN: Back in 2010, I gave a speech in D.C. for the Susan B. Anthony List in which I spoke about what I call “the mama grizzlies” – the common sense women who are pushing back against those in Washington, D.C., who are bankrupting our children’s future. In that speech I spoke of how, as an Alaskan woman, I like to harken back to an older frontier feminism of those strong and courageous women who settled the American west. I also like to harken back to the first feminists – the suffragists – who fought so hard to give women the right to vote and the later feminists who fought for equality. I respect and admire these women, and I try to do my part in helping other women advance in politics and business. I just wish liberal feminists could look beyond the politics and see that we can disagree on some things, but at the end of the day there are so many more issues that we as women can agree on and work together on. After all, we all want a world were our daughters can be safe and free to achieve whatever they want.

Go here to read the entire interview.

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