Susannah Heschel looks at Palin's response from a biblical perspective:
Civilized people strive for ways to co-exist and seek moral principles that achieve peace and prosperity for all, not just for ourselves. Palin’s insistence on freedom seems to suggest freedom for oneself, without assuming any responsibility for others, a perspective that would create a wild realm in which each person looks out for herself, not for the collective. Yet again, that is not the message of the bible. When God points out immoral behavior, it is of the collective people, not individuals. The prophet Amos condemns the crimes and injustices committed by an entire society, be it Israel or Edom, and the prophet Jonah calls on all citizens of Nineveh to repent, not just those who have acted in sin.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan