Sarah Palin just called herself an anti-Semite

I’ve written before that Palin is not a very bright person, and that she and John McCain have very disturbing ties to anti-Semitism. And she proved it again today, in a way that made her own anti-Semitism fair game.

Don’t get me wrong – Sarah Palin knows how to make love to the camera. The thing is, she isn’t very smart. They’re different skills, seducing an audience and actually having an intellect (and with my 401k in the balance, I’m gonna go with brains over winks). I say this because McCain made a mistake by designating Palin his attack dog. She reads a good script, but when she speaks her mind, as she did yesterday trying to attack Obama over Rev. Wright, she causes more trouble for her own campaign than Obama’s.

Yesterday is a perfect example, and perhaps her most damaging yet. Palin did an interview with right-wing commentator Bill Kristol. Palin took it upon herself to talk about Rev. Wright:

“To tell you the truth, Bill, I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that — with, I don’t know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn’t get up and leave — to me, that does say something about character. But, you know, I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring that up.”

Yeah, you see, Sarah Palin’s inner idiot came out again on that one. If Sarah Palin thinks not getting up and leaving when your pastor says something outrageous in church says something about your character, then Sarah Palin just called herself a rabid anti-Semite.

Sarah Palin sat in her conservative evangelical church, twice, and said nothing when her visiting pastors and speakers attacked another great nation and another great people – Jews and Israel.

Just three years ago, Palin sat in church and did nothing – nay, she went up on stage and joined a rather out-there evangelical preacher minutes after he said that the reason we have so much corruption on Wall Street is that it’s run by Jews. Yes, she really did. Here is what Sarah Palin’s guest preacher said, in her presence, minutes before she joined him in front of the entire congregation:

“The second area whereby God wants us, wants to penetrate in our society is in the economic area. The Bible says that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. It’s high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers, you know, who are men and women of integrity running the economics of our nations. That’s what we are waiting for. That’s part and parcel of transformation. If you look at the — you know — if you look at the Israelites, that’s how they work. And that’s how they are, even today. When we will see that, you know, that the top transporters (?) in the lands, we see, you know, the bankers, we see the people holding the parts (?), they are believers, we will not have the kind of corruption that we are hearing in our societies.”


Did you catch that? Sarah Palin’s guest preacher says that if only good Christians could take control of the banking industry away from the wicked Jews we would “not have the kind of corruption that we are hearing in our societies.” Nice. And she “didn’t get up and leave,” she got up and joined the anti-Semite on stage moments later.

Then there’s the time, this past August 17 – just six weeks ago – that Sarah Palin sat in church and listened to (and may have even given a donation to) a Jews for Jesus founder David Brickner who, in Palin’s presence, said Palestininian terrorist attacks on Israelis are God’s “judgment” on Jews who haven’t embraced Christianity.

Did you catch that? According to Palin’s friend the guest-preacher, it’s the Jews’ own fault that the terrorists blow them up in Israel. If only Jews would convert to Christianity, and stop being so Jewish, nobody would have to kill them, says Palin’s guest-preacher with her in attendance.

Sarah Palin sat there, didn’t say a word, didn’t leave, and according to one report may have even donated money to the man after he basically said that Jews in Israel deserve to get blown up. Here is what the Jews for Jesus executive director had to say:

Brickner also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God’s “judgment of unbelief” of Jews who haven’t embraced Christianity.

“Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It’s very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can’t miss it.”

Palin was in church that day…

Sarah Palin was there. Sarah Palin didn’t leave. She may have given a donation to one man preaching anti-Semitism, and she got up and stood alongside a second man preaching anti-Semitism. Under her own standard enunciated today, Sarah Palin just admitted that she’s an anti-Semite.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown (1989); and worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, and as a stringer for the Economist. Frequent TV pundit: O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline & Reliable Sources. Bio, .

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