November 9th, 2013
11:14 PM ET
9 months ago

Sarah Palin blasts ‘church of government’

(CNN) - Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin edged herself back into election politics Saturday, delivering a speech at an important Iowa gathering.

Palin was joined by other major tea party favorites such as Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Steve King of Iowa, as well as conservative intellectual and activist Phyllis Schlafly at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Annual Family Banquet.

The return of Sarah Palin

Palin has flirted with politics repeatedly since she left office halfway through her first term in Alaska, including a turbulent 2012 non-campaign for the Republican presidential nomination that she eventually abandoned.

In the important primary state, Palin spent the first part of her speech blasting the “war on Christmas” by secular society that she argues is stripping all public meaning from the holiday by opposing nativity scenes and other displays.

“Everywhere it seems that faith, religious freedom is under attack,” Palin said.

Those same topics are discussed in a new book Palin wrote called “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” a book for which she is currently on a national tour and that she discussed Saturday.

“The war on Christmas is just the tip of the spear in a larger battle,” Palin said, segueing into a discussion of what she sees as big government’s efforts to become a church in its own right.

That “church,” Palin said, comprises largely of President Barack Obama’s administration and scandals plaguing it such as NSA spying and the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last year.

“The crowning achievement of their church of big government,” Palin said, is Obamacare.

More should have been done to destroy Obama’s signature legislative achievement, Palin said, blasting Republicans who “waved the white flag of surrender” and gave up on the defund movement.

Palin also had words for the national debt, particularly the $1.3 trillion the U.S. owes China.

“It’s going to be like slavery when that note is due,” Palin said, while noting at the same time that the comparison “isn’t racist”

Like the rest of the event’s speakers, Palins words were deeply rooted in a Christian faith.

In her opposition to Obamacare, Palin was in good company. Lee was one of the key architects of the movement to defund the health care law that helped precipitate the partial government shutdown when Democrats flatly refused to pass a government funding bill that also sought to destroy Obamacare.

Lee carried a similar mantle Saturday to that of his better known anti-Obamacare ally, GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Like Cruz, Lee likened the Reagan revolution to the tea party movement, drawing comparisons to the original Boston Tea Party that preceded the American Revolution.

Lee compared the British government that the fledgling colonies fought 230 years ago with the Washington of today, a government “slow to respond to the needs to the people,” he said, people who are overtaxed and little listened too.

Conservatives should not be purely reactionary, Lee cautioned in a broad rallying cry of a speech. Rather, Republicans should focus on moving forward, he said, not just repealing Obamacare but replacing it with something better while instituting other forward-looking reforms such as establishing a path for upward social mobility.

Cruz highlighted the “road to Philadelphia” and the Constitutional Convention. Instead of just moving away from the government they didn’t want, Lee said of the Founding Fathers, they were “moving steadily, inexorably in the direction of the kind of government they did want.”


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soundoff (583 Responses)
  1. bud wolf

    But up in Alaska................

    November 10, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Kris L

    Same silly rhetoric from people who have nothing better to offer. Why can't people like Palin realize that the reason they lost so bad in 2012 is because the Republican Party spent more time trying to demonize Obama and no time discussing why anything they wanted would be better?

    November 10, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. Dave Green

    What a crock of crap. She's suggesting that people are turning away from church in order to worship government? Who in their right mind would vote for that crackpot?

    November 10, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. David Mann

    Palin, Bachmann and Gohmert= Dumb, Dumber, and Dumberer. Palin will NEVER hold Public Office again. She's just shilling for her latest book which was, no doubt, ghost-written by someone else. You betcha!!! wink, wink.

    November 10, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. Alan

    "conservative INTELLECTUAL and activist Phyllis Schlafly"

    Seriously?

    November 10, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. Fulano

    These people are all mental light-weights.

    November 10, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. fibsernum

    As a Democrat, I hope fervently that Ms Palin is on the Republican ticket again in 2016.
    She is one of many far right zealots whose presence would substantially increase support for the Democratic candidate.

    November 10, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  8. Gladys

    No, faith and freedom of religion are not under attack. If the religious zealots have their way, there will be no diversity in our country.

    November 10, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. John D Horgan

    Why do news organizations still listen to anything this woman has to say?

    November 10, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. Tony A.

    She is a clown, why do u post stuff from this ridiculous woman!.

    November 10, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  11. James P. Barber

    Palin flirts, no news there. Churches war against the poor, women's and equal rights, same old. Playing the role of the victim rerun. Welcome back Sarah. Hook up with Cruz and run. Please , the tea party and the Koch's need you.

    November 10, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. ed Poko

    I didn't read all of Palin's speech (?) but I am aware that the Social Church want everyone to bow and pray to their supreme being, " OBAMA!"

    November 10, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  13. Tom

    Why is it that these turbo christian types think "Religious Freedom" means the right to shove it down everyone's throat? I don't care what your faith is or how or when you pray. Can you just leave me out of it please?

    November 10, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  14. magicpanties

    if she only had a brain...

    November 10, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  15. Steve

    I waiting for Palin to show up on the cover of Playboy. It's about the only thing she hasn't done for attention.

    November 10, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. haddock

    "Conservative intellectual." Lol.

    November 10, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. Tim

    Obama has certainly been acting like a cult leader – duping millions into supporting his power grab. Hopefully enough of the ignorant and gullible voters who form he Democratic base will wake up before Obama and his cronies completely destroy America.

    November 10, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. Mark Knapp

    There's a quote that is often attributed (possibly incorrectly) to Albert Einstein. "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." Sarah Palin proves time and again that stupidity does not.

    November 10, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. Monk

    Forget Christmas which is Pagan in origin –the first century Christians did not celebrate nor did Jesus command it–He only said to remember his Death(which is our ransom from sin) Christmas came when the apostasy of the Church came into Play as the apostles said it would

    1 Tim. 4:1: “The inspired utterance says definitely that in later periods of time some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired utterances and teachings of demons.”

    Acts 20:30: “From among you yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves.”
    2 Pet. 2:1, 3: “There will also be false teachers among you. These very ones will quietly bring in destructive sects and will disown even the owner that bought them . . . Also, with covetousness they will exploit you with counterfeit words.”
    They may profess to believe in Christ but treat lightly the preaching and teaching work he assigned to his followers
    Luke 6:46: “Why, then, do you call me ‘Lord! Lord!’ but do not do the things I say?”

    No shes on course with this insight because the Governments of the World soon will Destroy all false religion( Babylon the Great) youll soon see this pope Poking his nose where it doesn't belong and World Government will turn on Her( The Harlot)
    But this will be after the false declaration of Peace and Security WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS(last minutes) of this system

    Forget Christmas which is Pagan in origin –the first century Christians did not celebrate nor did Jesus command it–He only said to remember his Death(which is our ransom from sin) Christmas came when the apostasy of the Church came into Play as the apostles said it would

    1 Tim. 4:1: “The inspired utterance says definitely that in later periods of time some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired utterances and teachings of demons.”

    Acts 20:30: “From among you yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves.”
    2 Pet. 2:1, 3: “There will also be false teachers among you. These very ones will quietly bring in destructive sects and will disown even the owner that bought them . . . Also, with covetousness they will exploit you with counterfeit words.”
    They may profess to believe in Christ but treat lightly the preaching and teaching work he assigned to his followers
    Luke 6:46: “Why, then, do you call me ‘Lord! Lord!’ but do not do the things I say?”

    No shes on course with this insight because the Governments of the World soon will Destroy all false religion( Babylon the Great) youll soon see this pope Poking his nose where it doesn't belong and World Government will turn on Her( The Harlot)
    But this will be after the false declaration of Peace and Security WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS(last minutes) of this
    1st Thess
    3 Whenever it is that they are saying: “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly upon them just as the pang of distress upon a pregnant woman; and they will by no means escape.

    Reaping the Whirlwind
    Yes, the Bible sounds a solemn warning: A terrible clash between religion and politics is coming. In Revelation chapter 17, the Bible depicts the world empire of false religion stained with blood as a “great harlot who sits on many waters.” These “waters” represent ‘peoples and nations.’ (Verses 1, 15) The harlot is named “Babylon the Great, the mother of the harlots and of the disgusting things of the earth,” and she is “drunk with the blood of the holy ones.” (Verses 5, 6) “Babylon” is a fitting name for organized false religion, inasmuch as many of her doctrines stem from the ancient city of Babylon. She has earned her murderous reputation by her persecution of true Christians throughout the centuries.
    The world empire of false religion is further pictured as riding a beast with “seven heads and ten horns . . . [which] mean ten kings.” (Verses 3, 12) Previous articles in this journal have identified this “beast” as the instrument entrusted with maintaining world peace, the United Nations. The churches have gone on record as supporting this organization. In October 1965, Pope Paul VI described the UN as “the last hope of concord and peace.” In 1979, Pope John Paul II addressed the UN General Assembly. Without ever mentioning Christ or his Kingdom, he spoke of the UN as “the supreme forum of peace and justice.”
    But why is this union of religion and the UN so dangerous? Because “the ten horns . . . and the wild beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her devastated and naked . . . and will completely burn her with fire.” (Verse 16) False religion is therefore headed straight for a catastrophic collision with politics. Being denuded and her rank uncleanness revealed, she will be destroyed utterly.
    That will spark the “great tribulation” that Jesus spoke of, culminating in the battle of Armageddon. Christ, backed by invincible heavenly hosts, will “crush and put an end to” Satan’s worldwide system, leaving only the ‘meek that will inherit the earth.’ These will be true Christians who have, among other things, steered clear of divisive politics.—Matthew 24:21; Daniel 2:44; Psalm 37:10, 11; Matthew 5:5; Revelation 6:2; 16:14-16.
    If you are one who is distressed over the suffering and reproach that false religion has brought on God’s name, what should you now do? The Bible commands: “Get out of her [false religion], my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins.” (Revelation 18:4) Only Jehovah’s Witnesses are urging people to heed this command. They, like the early Christians, keep out of war and politics and hence will not be in line for destruction when religion collides with politics. So contact them. They will gladly show you how to find the “narrow gate” that leads not to destruction but to everlasting life.—Matthew 7:13, 14; John 17:3.

    November 10, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  20. carlsberg24

    One would think that after repeatedly losing elections with the discredited talking points of "attack on religion" or "big bad gov'ment", they would try to come up with some actual legislative ideas. I guess that's not possible unless they refocus on promoting intellectual moderates rather than fringe lunatics.

    November 10, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  21. Jay

    Yes, big government is bad, I agree...but Sara Palin is just too uneducated and ignorant to be discussing anything of importance. She showed this during the campaign several years ago.

    November 10, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. Lucius Night

    Yaaaawn

    November 10, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. Jon

    Forget Christmas which is Pagan in origin –the first century Christians did not celebrate nor did Jesus command it–He only said to remember his Death(which is our ransom from sin) Christmas came when the apostasy of the Church came into Play as the apostles said it would

    1 Tim. 4:1: “The inspired utterance says definitely that in later periods of time some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired utterances and teachings of demons.”

    Acts 20:30: “From among you yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves.”
    2 Pet. 2:1, 3: “There will also be false teachers among you. These very ones will quietly bring in destructive sects and will disown even the owner that bought them . . . Also, with covetousness they will exploit you with counterfeit words.”
    They may profess to believe in Christ but treat lightly the preaching and teaching work he assigned to his followers
    Luke 6:46: “Why, then, do you call me ‘Lord! Lord!’ but do not do the things I say?”

    No shes on course with this insight because the Governments of the World soon will Destroy all false religion( Babylon the Great) youll soon see this pope Poking his nose where it doesn't belong and World Government will turn on Her( The Harlot)
    But this will be after the false declaration of Peace and Security WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS(last minutes) of this
    1st Thess
    3 Whenever it is that they are saying: “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly upon them just as the pang of distress upon a pregnant woman; and they will by no means escape.

    Reaping the Whirlwind
    Yes, the Bible sounds a solemn warning: A terrible clash between religion and politics is coming. In Revelation chapter 17, the Bible depicts the world empire of false religion stained with blood as a “great harlot who sits on many waters.” These “waters” represent ‘peoples and nations.’ (Verses 1, 15) The harlot is named “Babylon the Great, the mother of the harlots and of the disgusting things of the earth,” and she is “drunk with the blood of the holy ones.” (Verses 5, 6) “Babylon” is a fitting name for organized false religion, inasmuch as many of her doctrines stem from the ancient city of Babylon. She has earned her murderous reputation by her persecution of true Christians throughout the centuries.
    The world empire of false religion is further pictured as riding a beast with “seven heads and ten horns . . . [which] mean ten kings.” (Verses 3, 12) Previous articles in this journal have identified this “beast” as the instrument entrusted with maintaining world peace, the United Nations. The churches have gone on record as supporting this organization. In October 1965, Pope Paul VI described the UN as “the last hope of concord and peace.” In 1979, Pope John Paul II addressed the UN General Assembly. Without ever mentioning Christ or his Kingdom, he spoke of the UN as “the supreme forum of peace and justice.”
    But why is this union of religion and the UN so dangerous? Because “the ten horns . . . and the wild beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her devastated and naked . . . and will completely burn her with fire.” (Verse 16) False religion is therefore headed straight for a catastrophic collision with politics. Being denuded and her rank uncleanness revealed, she will be destroyed utterly.
    That will spark the “great tribulation” that Jesus spoke of, culminating in the battle of Armageddon. Christ, backed by invincible heavenly hosts, will “crush and put an end to” Satan’s worldwide system, leaving only the ‘meek that will inherit the earth.’ These will be true Christians who have, among other things, steered clear of divisive politics.—Matthew 24:21; Daniel 2:44; Psalm 37:10, 11; Matthew 5:5; Revelation 6:2; 16:14-16.
    If you are one who is distressed over the suffering and reproach that false religion has brought on God’s name, what should you now do? The Bible commands: “Get out of her [false religion], my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins.” (Revelation 18:4) Only Jehovah’s Witnesses are urging people to heed this command. They, like the early Christians, keep out of war and politics and hence will not be in line for destruction when religion collides with politics. So contact them. They will gladly show you how to find the “narrow gate” that leads not to destruction but to everlasting life.—Matthew 7:13, 14; John 17:3.

    November 10, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  24. joblessvet

    lol @ republican and intellectual used in the same sentence.

    November 10, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  25. Bren

    Palin is a sitcom comedian. All hype and no substance. Go crawl back in your hole Sarah!

    November 10, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
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