Sarah Palin’s baptism/waterboarding joke was pretty stupid

Let’s be honest:

Mary Moerbe, a diaconal writer at the Cranach Institute, notes, “Sarah Palin’s brash words portray herself to be a great and powerful baptizer, not bringing faith or the forgiveness of Jesus—or even the sympathy implicit in secular uses of ‘baptism by fire’—but crossing the line into government aggression, specifically against those already subdued and captive. She merged government with religion in one of the worst possible ways: by making herself judge and arbiter.”

Exactly. This is a perfect example not just of civil religion but also how civil religion harms the church.

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