Monday, February 08th, 2010 | Author:

Most Christians that I know, if given a choice, would vote for Sarah Palin over Barrack Obama.  Palin embodies the positions of the current conservative right.  Obama is the liberal left in presidential form.

After reading some of Palin’s recent remarks in a Fox interview, though, I have to wonder what God thinks about her stands.

However, there are many things that he [Obama]  is doing today that cause an uneasiness in many, many Americans, I’m one of those.

Who looks at the way that he is treating the trials of these terrorists and kind of as gosh, they’re on a crime spree right now. No, we are in war. These are acts of these war that these terrorists are committing. We need to treat them a little bit differently than an American who is worthy — an American being worthy of our U.S. constitutional rights. I don’t think the terrorists are worthy of our rights that people like my son fight and are willing to die for.

I won’t argue whether terrorists in America should face military or civilian courts.

What I will argue is that it’s not just Americans who are “worthy” of our U.S. constitutional rights.  It’s every man, woman, and child on the planet.  God loves them all, and to say that only Americans should be treated decently is the height of hypocrisy.  Our Declaration of Independence states that the rights Palin would deny to terrorists are God-given rights, not United States rights given only to Americans.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Well, yes, these truths are self-evident. And the United States has traditionally offered our liberty to anyone who would join us. But I think it’s a stretch to say that the Declaration and Constitution embraces everyone in every nation… on the contrary, the Declaration and Constitution bring up the fact that the people of their particular nation have the right to change their form of government if the government usurps their proper authority. I don’t think the Declaration is an all-reaching document that, with a broad sweep, guarantees or protects citizens of other countries.

    The Declaration and the Constitution, like any other legal document, enumerates the legal boundaries of a government; but the Declaration explains it on a philosophical level, too. So while every human being should get humane treatment as a human being who has value in the eyes of God, you can’t say that it is the Declaration or the Constitution that makes it so.

    It is not the Declaration or Constitution that gives humans their unalienable rights, it is God. (Of course you know that). In stating this fact, the Declaration in no way gives the United States authority to provide or deny anything to peoples of other nations.

    The Declaration in no way grants the same benefits we citizens of the US receive (trial by jury, right to bear arms, etc etc) are to be given to citizens of other nations. The Declaration merely states that the people of a nation have the right to create a government that protects the God-given rights of liberty.

  2. akagaga says:

    But I think it’s a stretch to say that the Declaration and Constitution embraces everyone in every nation

    I agree, but that wasn’t what I said. As someone who finds a huge divide between being an American patriot and being a Christian, I’m more concerned with who God embraces than who our legal documents embrace. I’m more concerned with Palin’s attitude that Americans, who by and large have rejected God, are somehow more “worthy” of the rights we declare that God has given to all.

    I think the missing ingredient here is that we’re all sinners saved by grace. If we can’t extend that grace to all – at least to the point of treating people humanely – then we’re no better than the terrorists.

    Imagine, if you can, a Christian spending some time with the “Christmas bomber.” I’m in no way excusing what he tried to do, but I also suspect that he’s been brainwashed his whole life into Islam. Let him pay the legal price for his actions, but let someone extend to him the love of Christ. Hard to do that with any credibility if he’s being tortured. Equally hard to claim we’re a Christian nation, whose laws come from God.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Ah, thanks for the clarification about your point.

    I can’t think of a time, historically, when torture became a part of our defense, until recently. It is heinous, a reproach against everything good about our country.