Higher Ground: Palin and baptism

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An online Christian community action group has launched a petition against former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for her recent comments jokingly referring to waterboarding as a “baptism” for terrorists.

The petition, signed by nearly 60,000 people, asks media outlets reporting on her comments to also include “how sincere Christians of all theological and political persuasions are appalled.”


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Sarah Palin is blasphemously twisting our faith into a weapon of hatred and violence,” the petition states. “Let’s show just how many Christians are appalled by Palin’s twisted misrepresentation of our faith.”

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee made her comments during the April 26 kickoff of the NRA’s “Stand and Fight Rally” in Indianapolis. During her speech, she criticized the Obama administration for coddling enemies, “enemies who would utterly annihilate America.”

“If I were in charge,” she said, “they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

The petition joins a growing backlash against Ms. Palin’s comments. She took to her Facebook page to respond to critics, saying “Darn right I’d do whatever it takes to foil their murderous jihadist plots — including waterboarding. If some overly sensitive wusses took offense, remember the First Amendment doesn’t give you a right not to be offended.”

The petition is available at FaithfulAmerica.org

CARDINAL SIN?

Pope Francis might have been dubbed the “slum pope,” but one of the Vatican’s cardinals is earning a reputation as a high-roller.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a longtime servant to former Pope Benedict XVI, shrugged off rumors out of Rome this week that Francis was angry that he had chosen to move into a luxurious apartment in Vatican City.

The Associated Press reported that Cardinal Bertone posted an online statement explaining that Francis had called him “express his solidarity and disappointment over the attacks on me about the apartment, which he was told about from the day it was assigned to me.”

Cardinal Bertone said the renovated apartment was “spacious, … [as] residences of the Vatican’s ancient palazzo normally are.”

The Italian paper La Repubblica had published an article a week earlier claiming Cardinal Bertone was moving into a 6,500-square-foot residence, which he said was not an accurate measurement.

“I may temporarily use and after me it will benefit someone else,” the cardinal stated in his letter. “In the words of the Pope Saint John XXIII, ‘I do not stop to pick up the stones that are thrown at me.’”

The interest in the luxury apartment’s new resident stems from a growing trend under Francis’ papacy to embrace a more simple way of living. An Atlanta archbishop recently felt a similar pressure when he moved into a $2 million mansion. He moved out months later after a wave of criticism.

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