In the light of my previous Doofus award winner, lest anyone think I only lampoon those on the Left of US politics, let me hasten to reassure you - I regard extremist idiots on both the Left and the Right as equally culpable and equally dangerous. That's why this second Doofus award for today goes to the darling of many on the Right, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
In a speech at last week's NRA convention, Ms. Palin opined:
Sarah Palin said in a speech over the weekend that the controversial practice of waterboarding should be known as "how we baptize terrorists."
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Palin said it's too valuable a technique.
"Come on! Enemies who would utterly annihilate America!" Palin said. "They who'd obviously have information on plots, say 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 baptize terrorists."
There's more at the link.
In case anyone missed the memo, waterboarding is torture. It fits all the hallmarks of torture. There's no other word for it. Furthermore, Ms. Palin claims to be Christian, and therefore I remind her of the Golden Rule proclaimed by Jesus Christ:
"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12, NKJV)
"And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise." (Luke 6:31, NKJV)
For Christians, that's the ultimate condemnation of torture, right there. If we torture others, we're effectively (in the Biblical sense) giving them permission to treat us in the same way. I didn't say that, folks . . . The Big Boss did. Furthermore, for those who aren't Christian, the Golden Rule (or variations on it, frequently referred to as 'the ethic of reciprocity') may be found in almost every religion or philosophy on Earth.
Makes you think, doesn't it?