When Palin was done with her dried up and rote palaver she decided to break out some new material in which she conflates torture and religion as a puchline/applause getter...
"Come on. Enemies, who would utterly annihilate America, they who'd obviously have information on plots, to carry out Jihad. Oh, but you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists."
You can see the smug pageant princess in all her smarmy glory here...
Now I know Palin is a troll and will says things just to get her face in the news cycle but their was something overtly grotesque about this waterboarding/baptism line that even a non-religious person like myself felt it cringeworthy. The usage of torture and religion in combination to illicit a rousing round of applause seems especially repellent. The fact that the line got a rousing round of applause is equally as repellent as well.
I am surprised there hasn't been more of a backlash from the religious community when anyone would deem it acceptable to equate torture and baptism.
That being said I have heard about one group of liberal Christian's, named "Faithful America", has started an online petition against Palin insisting that she doesn't speak for them.
On their petition web page they say...
"We're launching a statement to the media, denouncing her remarks and setting the record straight about baptism, torture, and violence."
"For Christians, torture is not a joke or a political punchline, but a ghastly reminder of the suffering of Jesus upon the cross. By equating it with Holy Baptism -- the act by which we are united with Christ in his death and resurrection -- Sarah Palin is blasphemously twisting our faith into a weapon of hatred and violence. No media outlet should cover her remarks without reporting on how sincere Christians of all theological and political persuasions are appalled."
Go to their page. Sign the petition. Send Palin and her ilk a message that this kind of flippant use of torture/religion is not kosher in your book!