November 9th, 2013
11:14 PM ET
5 years 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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  1. Lewis

    Let's hope Palin and all the other Tea Party Republicans keep up the stupid talk. Hillary will win in a landslide.

    November 10, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. Carl

    Yet Sarah wants a government of church.

    November 10, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Peyamb

    "Religious freedom is under attack" is Christian evangelical code for "I can't force my views down everybody else anymore". Spoiled brats.

    November 10, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Amarjeet

    It is regrettable that instead of offering a certified Healthcare Program; Palin is again opposing Obama care which smacks of sinister objectives. Church can never be Govt. as alleged by her and US democracy is free from religious commitment except protection of freedom to practice any religion in peaceful manner and have freedom to trade and commerce liberty which protects people of America and is implied in civilized society.

    November 10, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. eddie smith

    Seems she's sticking to the topics that equate to her level of intelligence... holidays.

    November 10, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. James Barkeep

    I would love to debate Sarah Palin. I would shed her so bad she would go into a permanent self imposed exile from the shame. I'm shocked this half-wit still makes the news as if her opinion on anything matters.

    November 10, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Al

    Sara Palin is an old, one line joke that has overstayed her 15 minutes of fame by several years. GO AWAY!

    November 10, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. Steve

    Please Sarah, go away!!!

    November 10, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Bill

    Didn't this woman quit being governor because she could not handle the pressure? Who cares what this 1/2 term quitter thinks??

    November 10, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. peavey

    She's a moron; following her will get you nowhere.

    November 10, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. quinLee

    the photo begs to be stereotyped.

    November 10, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |

    these fascist can never be trusted ,, gop=terrorist american taliban

    November 10, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Gaven

    "Hi, I'm Sarah Palin. What's my platform? The War of Christmas. That's it; that's my platform. I'm not gonna concern myself with the economy, or immigration reform, or international affairs, or the Affordable Healthcare Act, or any of that other trivial stuff because I need to focus on being all mavericky and tackle the issues that nobody else really cares about…like the secular war on Christmas. Dagnabit, this is 'Murica and in 'Murica we celebrate Christmas! Jesus was American and it's only right to defend his holiday namesake and honor him as the great American that he was by celebrating the birth of the greatest American that ever lived. Praise Jesus! Amen to Christmas!"

    November 10, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. Palin is NOT a Christian!

    @ Bryan Koenig –
    You said "...Palins words were deeply rooted in a Christian faith."
    You need to read the Gospels to understand what true Christian Faith is, Bryan, and just stop sprouting such nonsensical statements!

    A Christian faith is about taking care of the sick, the poor, the homeless, the naked, the hungry. Christ said that if you give even a cup of water to one of these, you do it unto Him. Christ would have approved of Obamacare for, when the sick came to jesus for healing, he gave healthcare to all – without qualifying them. Does that make Him a socialist, then?

    Christians call Christ their Kink and their Ruler. The Bible tells us that he will come back to rule the world and it will be a just reign. That makes Him, and those who will rule with Him, the "Government". Christ displayed what true governance is by taking care of the sick and feeding the hungry. He fed the hungry – Palin and the rest of the wolves in sheep's clothing take food from the hungry by cutting food stamp benefits, and they do not want to provide care for the sick.

    Obamacare might have its glitches, but it represents true Christianity in a cynical America where self-serving politicians like Palin and her ilk abuse the Scriptures for their own benefits. Get it right, Bryan – Palin's words are not deeply rooted in Christianity. They are rooted in a distortion of Christianity!

    November 10, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. gypsyalso

    war on Christmas? how can there be a war on Christmas when hobby lobby and other stores bring out the ornaments and trees in august and september? we are BOMBARDED with Christmas!. what ever happened to labor day and columbus day and veterans day and thanksgiving? i have been overwhelmed with black friday sales for about a month now. it is all CHRISTMAS!! how can there be such a war?

    November 10, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. Meanmrmustard

    Phyllis Schlafly, an "intellectual?" It's like calling Ted Cruz a "loyal public servant," a notion that is tautologically false.

    November 10, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. Italmn

    Sara Palin is a loser and will never cut running for any kind of leadership. She's just a loud mouth for a small group of people. What a JOKE!!!

    November 10, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. wally

    Does anyone know who this person is?

    November 10, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. brd893

    Birds of a feather flock together.I cannot understand why anyone would listen to this barely literate, lazy,money grubbing racist.Her continued presence in the GOP will aleinate and infuriate independents who are completely turned off by her nosensical juvenile utterances. The GOP will have to sufffer a massive defeat for them to separate themselves from its lunatic fringe.

    November 10, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. mcp123

    More false fear... exactly what we expect from the republican party these days. A party bereft of actual ideas to solve problems and all we get is false claims that religion is under attack or the rich can't afford to pay more in taxes.

    November 10, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. lilybet58

    Did the author mean that her comments were deeply rooted in her perceived Christian faith? Because I think she and her groupies are CINOs, Christian In Name Only.

    November 10, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. ed dugan

    It seems there is no way on earth to shut this airhead up as long as there is a buck to be made. I didn't think in this day and age you could disgrace politics anymore than the current Congress but she has done it. SOmebody ought to flush her down the toilet.

    November 10, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. yem

    Show me the alternative to Obamacare? All the so called conservatives, advocate to defund and destroy Obamacare. S.Palin is again out there to fill in her pocket for Christmas.What a Christian thing to do!

    November 10, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Vincent

    Where is this war on religion? Why is Palin Angry all of the time? Doesn't she say Good Morning anymore? What happened to her Special Baby?

    November 10, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. Jim

    Palin for President. The Case for Science and Evolution supporting the Genesis Account
    What Church and State aren't telling us.
    The first thing to understand is, what Genesis actually says in relation to Time. Chapter 1 is described entirely from God’s perspective of time, not man’s. We were not created until the very end of the very last day of creation. Only God was around to perceive what the days of creation were in reference to. And according to a literal reading of the account, the days of creation were in relation to the original source of light that was created on the first day, not our suns. Our sun is what we base our perspective of time from. But again, a literal reading of the account tells us that our sun wasn’t created until the 4th day of God’s creation and that it was created to provide man with a measure of days and years. Therefore, what Genesis is literally saying is, that a day to God is not the same as a 24 hour day as experienced from man’s perspective of time with respect to the rotation of the earth in relation to our sun. With this in mind and the knowledge that nowhere in the Bible does it give an age to the earth, we can start from the beginning .
    In the beginning, God creates the heaven and the earth. However, the earth was at first without form or void, according to the account. In other words, the earth was at first in the form of energy contained within the singularity from which the universe began.
    "And darkness was upon the face of the deep". This describes a black hole from which the singularity that is our universe would eventually emerge. A place with such a concentration of matter/energy and a gravitational pull so great that not even light could escape.
    "And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters". Waters, which have been detected in interstellar clouds throughout the cosmos and would also have been contained within the singularity itself in some form. And the effect of this movement by God, suddenly caused the singularity within to emerge from the deep black hole.
    "And God said, let there be light". And time, space and matter came into existence as the universe was created and expanded in what science refers to as The Big Bang event. The earth is given form and void and the first day from God’s perspective of time, in our universe, has begun.
    "And God said, let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters and let the waters gather unto one place to be called seas and let the dry land appear". Science tells us that water has been detected in interstellar clouds that exist in all the galaxies which were divided by great distances. Science also reveals that water contained in asteroids and comets bombarded the early earth and brought much of the water that makes up our seas and that there was a super continent that appeared called Pangea.
    "And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, whose seed is in itself upon the earth". Science tells us that the first living micro-organism was literally Created (formed) from the earth (perhaps from a clay called montmorillonite), evolved, and eventually began the process of photosynthesis (cyanobacteria, the seed from which grasses and trees would evolve) that was needed to generate an atmosphere rich enough in oxygen to allow higher forms of creatures to evolve.
    "And God said, let there be lights in the firmament, and let them be for seasons, days and years". Science has revealed that the moon did indeed form after the earth from the debris of a collision between the already existing earth and another body. Also, the earth and the sun are so close in age that the earth may in fact have existed before our sun had gathered enough mass to ignite. The early cratering we see on the planets and moons throughout our solar system may have been the result of material being drawn into the center of our solar system as our proto-sun took on enough mass to ignite. Also we cannot measure the date of a piece of the sun like we can the moon, therefore the age of the sun is purely theoretical.
    "And God said, let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creatures that have life, birds and whales". Paleontology tells us that this is what happened starting from the Pre-Cambrian through the Cambrian Periods, as many creatures were brought forth from the oceans unto the landmasses where insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals evolved . And later birds and whales would evolve from these.
    "And God said, let the earth bring forth the living creature after its kind, cattle, creeping things and beasts of the earth". Again paleontology tells us that this is what happened, as a great diversification of mammals occurred following the extinction of the dinosaurs, which led to the modern day cattle and beasts that we see today .
    "And God said, let us make man in our image both male and female and let them have dominion over the earth". And finally we see again that anthropology confirms that man did indeed evolve in only the most recent geological period.
    Now, moving on to the next chapter, Genesis 2, we find that God has made one of the completed modern humans into a living soul. It does not say that Adam was the first man, it merely describes what occurred from the beginning. As the earth formed, there was no rain. Then a mist went up from the ground and watered the whole face of the earth. The first organism was created. It evolved and eventually became man. Our dna can be traced all the way back to that one original organism. Adam evolved from a previous hominid that evolved from a previous primate, that evolved from a previous mammal, that evolved from a previous reptile, that evolved from a previous amphibian, fish, worm, bacterium all the way back to that one original organism that was “quite literally” formed (Created) from the clays of the earth.
    God then transforms an environment to the east, from a dry barren place, into the garden of Eden. He then causes this man to migrate east, out of Africa into the Middle East. And the animals that God had formed followed, as well. Y -Chromosome studies confirm that all living males alive today are descendant from a male ancestor that once lived in the area of the Middle East approximately 60,000 years ago.
    God then creates Eve from Adam. In the previous chapter, God had created both man and woman together. These can be seen as our prehistoric ancestors who evolved up to the time of the completed modern human, Adam. It is likely that it was from one of these earlier tribes of people that Cain‘s wife came from (the land of Nod). But here we must take a leap of faith. For Eve, according to the account, definitely did not evolve. She was a special creation. Formed, by God himself, from the genetic material that was removed from Adam. One has to wonder where the ancient authors of this account came up with such an incredible story ? Of course, today the account is not so incredible. We see that modern day scientists are conducting genetic cloning research, where they take a piece of genetic material from one animal and create an almost exact replica of that animal. We may one day ourselves develop the technology to remove the genetic material, (two X chromosomes) from a male human to create a female human. And if we can do that, it’s not that difficult to believe that God could have done it, as well.
    Now that I have laid out the case for the scientific evidence supporting the events described in the ancient accounts of Genesis, let us consider whether the scientific evidence supports the alternative theories. For example, that Nature formed life from the earth through natural chemical processes without guidance of any Intelligent Being and that Nature forms life on other worlds wherever the right conditions exist. We also have to consider the theory of Panspermia, where life formed somewhere other than earth and traveled here through space inside meteors, asteroids or comets and seeded the early earth with living organisms. The Miller Urey experiments showed that some of the basic building blocks of life (amino acids) can form naturally from naturally occurring conditions. Another scientist by the name of Sydney Fox was able to create what he called replicating proto-cells from these amino acids that appear to mimic some of the basic functions of a living organism. However, none of these naturally created building blocks or proto-cells are considered by the science community to be living organisms. Biochemists have never been able to replicate the formation of life, which is called Abiogenesis. Nor have they ever observed it occurring in nature. The fact is, as far as we know, life formed only once, one afternoon, only on earth, approximately 3.7 billion years ago and has never been replicated since ! Every living thing alive today evolved from that one original organism that was initially formed. Also, no life has ever been detected outside the planet earth. The two Viking Lander missions in 1975 tested the Martian soil at two separate locations and neither one detected any signs of life. No life has been found in any of the hundreds of meteorite samples that have fallen to earth. Even the most famous Antarctic meteorite from Mars could not be confirmed to contain life by the science community. Further, no atmospheric signatures of life have ever been detected in any of the atmospheres of the other planets or moons in our solar system. And from deep space, no signal has ever been detected from any extraterrestrial origin by SETI in over 50 years of searching.
    Now consider for a moment, the capabilities of life here on earth. Once life was created here, it has never been extinguished completely. It has adapted and survived every cataclysmic event that has ever occurred on earth. It has the capacity to adapt and survive in every extreme environment. It has even survived the harsh environment of space on the outside of our spacecraft ! Yet we find not even a hint of it anywhere else? Where is the diversity of life on Mars, as we see it here on earth ? Spirit and Opportunity gave us microscopic images from the soils on Mars. We saw nothing. There can be only one reason why we see no diversity of life on Mars. It never formed there ! If we could demonstrate life forming from naturally occurring chemistry here on earth it would all but prove that life is forming elsewhere. But we can’t ! At least, we haven’t been able too yet !
    But the facts remain, currently, the scientific evidence supports the creation of life on earth according to Genesis MORE than any of the other theories ! Yet the United States Judicial system, which is supposed to be NEUTRAL in matters of religion and protect our rights of free speech and guarantee the free expression of idea’s, has ruled that it is illegal to teach the POSSIBILITY that life was Intelligently Designed ?

    November 10, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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