I am tired of the hypocrisy. But unlike most bloggers and news folks, I am tired of the hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle. In other words, I'm fed up with the hypocrisy of the Christian Right as well as the secular Left. But we evangelicals on the Right should be doing a lot better than this.
First, the Left
On the Left we are hearing something brand new, especially from the feminists. Ever since the late 1960's all we've heard from them is how women should be able to work outside the home AND have children (in day care or cared by nannies or househusbands who stay home). But now, alas, in the past few days, we are hearing something different. How dare Sarah Palin work outside the home with five children and one of them developmentally disabled! Well, which is it liberal people? What hypocrisy!
Now, the Right
Ever since the late 1970's we've heard from the Christian Right how women should stay home, taking care of children and husband. Never mind that many Christian families could no longer live on one person's paycheck while the leaders who were telling them this were earning well over $100,000 from "contributions" from these very same people.
Now, suddenly....Oh! It's alright for Palin to have 5 children, one being developmentally disabled and her working as governor of a state and now perhaps even VP of the United States. Not a word from anyone I've heard from the evangelical camp decrying this. The only social conservative I've heard is Jewish Dr. Laura Schlesinger. On her blog yesterday (Sept. 2) she wrote,
I am extremely disappointed in the choice of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Republican Party.......I’m frankly and sadly caught in the dilemma of having to balance policy versus example in touting a candidate for the office of the First Family....Role models are very important. Children and young adults look to those who are visible and successful as a road map of what is acceptable behavior and emulate those actions over the morals and values their parents and churches have taught and tried to reinforce. It’s a tough go these days, when the “bad that men or women do” is used for entertainment purposes without judgment, or is excused because of political or financial considerations........I’m stunned - couldn’t the Republican Party find one competent female with adult children to run for Vice President with McCain? I realize his advisors probably didn’t want a “mature” woman, as the Democrats keep harping on his age. But really, what kind of role model is a woman whose fifth child was recently born with a serious issue, Down Syndrome, and then goes back to the job of Governor within days of the birth?....I am haunted by the family pictures of the Palins during political photo-ops, showing the eldest daughter, now pregnant with her own child, cuddling the family’s newborn. When Mom and Dad both work full-time (no matter how many folks get involved with the children), it becomes a somewhat chaotic situation. Certainly, if a child becomes ill and is rushed to the hospital, and you’re on the hotline with both Israel and Iran as nuclear tempers are flaring, where’s your attention going to be? Where should your attention be? Well, once you put your hand on the Bible and make that oath, your attention has to be with the government of the United States of America.
I've only included excerpts of her blog here but please do read the entire thing (it's not too long) here.
So, why are the evangelical women (and men) leaders so quiet? When things don't make sense, I say always follow the money and power trail. Our leaders should have said what Dr. Laura said to remain consistent with the position they've taken all of these years. But they haven't. Frankly, I'm neutral on whether she should be home with the kids. But that isn't my point. My POINT IS - - - The Hypocrisy!!
Then there are the political sudden turnabouts. Palin says she was against th "bridge to nowhere" to that Alaska island but that isn't what happened. She was happy about it. Palin says she is against all the pork. But she lobbied to get alot of it for her state, even things that could be termed in no other way than pork. As usual our evangelical leaders are silent because they are desparate. The Chrisian Right is falling apart because some of their followers are catching on that they've been used. And the young evangelicals aren't interested--they are joining the New Christian Left. So, the Christian Right's last gasp is Sarah Palin.
On a personal note, I would like her to be the VP....but I have a lot of questions and I am not afraid to ask them out loud--unlike our "Christian leaders."
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