Fear fundamentalist governments

Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2008

I awoke this morning with the words of Gov. Sarah Palin coming to me over the Internet saying that "God" has given us a task in Iraq, and my head rings with voices of Muslim jihadists and Christian fundamentalists throughout the ages, and I think to myself, "Ah, yes, we are here again." A place we have been so many times in history.

You are always hoping that as you grow older that you will have a sense of people learning from the mistakes of the past. My grandparents lived through the "war for no reason," the First World War.

My generation lived through Vietnam, a war that showed us that you cannot impose democracy on a country. By doing this, you undermine what democracy represents. My mind wanders to the lyrics of Bob Dylan's song, "You Don't Count the Dead When God's on Your Side."

This morning, I awake to the news that the Republican party is embracing the rhetoric of Palin. I have never really understood the position of the Christian fundamentalists who oppose abortion as a taking of innocent lives, yet at the same time support wars that take the lives of mostly innocent people - women and children caught in the crossfire. To me, the true Christians are those who truly believe in the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill."

A few summers ago I visited some friends of mine who live in Portugal. Portugal is a very Catholic country, yet they do not believe that government should be mixed with religion as we do here in the United States of America. To them, it is very strange that our government does this when we also supposedly support democracy.

It is very scary to me to think of Palin as being one heartbeat away from the presidency. We all know that the vice presidency in the United States is a very powerless position and that John McCain chose Palin in order to get the fundamentalist Christian vote.

Most countries in the Middle East abhor the idea of fundamentalist Muslim governments. We in the West should be equally fearful of fundamentalist Christian governments. And Palin is just oh too close to realizing the dream of such a government.

Cynthia Donaldson

Juneau



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