Here's three double standards that apply to Palin's road to power
Let me see now, the President of the United States doesn't get deference from the press. Why should Palin? I can't think of one candidate, or sitting politician, anywhere in America today whose political backers say their pick must be treated with deference or they'll refuse interviews. by Dave Stancliff
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
By Dave Stancliff When self-described maverick, Sen. John McCain, picked Sarah Palin for his running mate he shamelessly played the gender card. But his campaign manager, Rick Davis, has one-upped that tactic and now says, in a recent interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, that Palin would not answer reporter's questions, "...until the point in time when she'll be treated with respect and deference."
Perhaps respect, and courtesy. BUT DEFERENCE? Now that's a first for a candidate, or a sitting politician. Talk about a double standards. There's three that stand out starkly in Palin's run to be the first women vice-president.The first is this deference issue:
Let me see now; the President of the United States doesn't get deference from the press. Why should Palin? I can't think of one candidate or sitting politician, anywhere in America today, whose political backers say their pick must be treated with deference or they'll refuse interviews.
Double standard number two: As reported by Tim Rutten, of The Los Angeles Times on Sept.10, Davis stated that Palin's religion is off-limits. Oh really? What about Obama? The press went after his association with the radical, Rev. Jeremiah Wright ,like pitbulls without lipstick! Obama had to disown that guy and for good reason. And what about Joe Biden? No one was upset when he was asked to talk about his religious affliation with The Roman Catholic Church.
Rutten noted in his article that Palin recently sat in the pews of at the Wasilla Bible Church where she and her family go, and listended to a sermon by David Brickner who leads Jews For Jesus, a group cited by the Anti-Defamation League for being, "Aggressive, and deceptively proselytizing of Jews." In that sermon Bickner talked about Arab terrorism against the State of Israel, and said that it was because the Jews rejected Christ. When he was done, a collection plate was taken up.
For the record, Palin and her Church support James Dobson's Focus on the Family campaign and their upcoming conference that promises to change Gay and Lesbians into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.
The third double standard in play for Palin involves male news broadcasters who have to dance delicately around critical comments about Palin in fear they'll be accused of questioning her ability to be the vice president because she's a woman, and their not.
I watched and listened with fascination as panel after panel of women were interviewed on Palin's ability to do the job on all the major television and radio networks. The female newscasters were able to ask about raising a special needs child and running the free world without any cries of foul play.
They questioned her experience on foreign affairs, and her ability to lead with such a short time in major politics.She's currently under two investigations for abuse of power, but excited women (in and out of the media) are saying so what? We want a woman for president! Opps! I mean vice president.
My sister found out that she hunts caribou and other animals and was upset with that because she's a member of PETA.You know, the group that is trying to save the polar bears that Palin wants to take off the endangered list!
To prove men should keep their mouths shut about Palin I sadly point to two male political pundits I observed the other day in a coffee shop after her acceptance speech. The conversation went something like this;
First Guy:" Did you see her fire that M-16 with bad intentions? I fell in love right there!"
Second Guy: "What M-16? Did you see her legs? I heard she came in second at a beauty contest in Alaska!"
First Guy: "I think she hot. But what does she really got?"
Second Guy: "The ability to listen to John McCain's endless war stories and tell some pretty good ones herself."
I rest my case. Male journalists have to be very careful in conversations about Palin and focus on McCain who can't accuse them of gender bias. As a matter of fact The Republican campaign thinks there should be a rule that male broadcasters and newsmen who want to publicly comment on Palin should attend sensitivity courses, and then wait until spoken to by Palin herself at the time and place of her choosing. (Okay, I made that one up. But you get the idea.)
What lies ahead before November 4th? I can assure you your going to see some females fight to elect her regardless of her past, and then there are those that will actually look at the whole picture, and issues, and find her lacking. Men interested in their journalism careers need to step softly however, when it comes to questioning Palin's ability to do anything.
This is not a time for "good ol boys," and perhaps that is another history-making breakthrough, along with having an African-American man represent a major political party for President. But if Senator Barack Obama is smart, he'll let his beautiful wife, and mother of his two children, talk trash about Palin on the common ground only politically and spiritually accessible to women confronting each other.
This presidential campaign has revealed the truth that there are double standards in dealing with Sarah Palin. I can't help wondering if she's going to pave a new road for women in politics after this election, or if double-standards are going to be her downfall. As It Stands, my wife asked me not to go after Palin (I'm sorry dear, but this is important!) and leave that to her catty detractors!
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Posted By: Jan Fredericks
Date: 2008-09-10 14:30:25
¬†I try to be objective (and may not vote) as a Christian who is pro-life for all.¬† The Vatican ¬†and Evangelical Christians are getting their voices heard, but not from the rising movement of Christians and Jews who believe that our treatment of God's creatures and the environment matters to God.¬† These issues are barely mentioned with anti-abortion and 'lipstick' comments (strategy we can find on the playground of any elementary school).¬† Of course the economy matters, but the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil.
¬†¬†¬† God, it seems, has entered the campaign race (ie. with the pipeline and ¬†war) as prayers have bombarded heaven for blessings and hopefully direction from a God who is compassionate for every creature (Psalm 145:9) and who will hold everyone accountable for creation and every creature (Hebrews 4:13) which 'Full Gospel, Evangelical' churches conveniently avoid.¬†¬† These issues should be part of the Christian's walk with God.¬† Hunters in the Bible were considered to be outside of God's plan.¬† Esau, Nimrod and Ishmael were hunters in the Bible, which the late Rev. Hyland wrote¬†a pamphlet (can be seen online) concerning ¬†Christians, Jews and hunting.¬† Rev. Hyland and myself¬†graduated from the Assemblies of¬†God Theological Seminary.¬†¬†¬†Some of the disciples left their fishing careers to follow Jesus which is something not promoted in churches.¬† ¬†It is known that Mr. Palin is owns a commercial fishing industry (another environmental disaster) and Gov. Palin enjoys fishing and hunting.¬†¬†The aerial killing of wolves and bears is considered to be 'government¬†management' of predators.¬† We can tell a lot about the character of a person by how they view and treat God's creatures.¬†
¬†¬†Factory farming is also one of the most damaging environmental contributors, but is conveniently avoided since the suffering of billions of God's creatures brings in money and¬†fills our greedy appetites.¬†¬†¬†
¬†It's time Christians question their relationship with God when supporting the suffering of all of God's creatures.¬†¬† And since we are¬†¬†concerned about our health and¬† health care, we would all do well in the long run to move towards eating a healthy diet, the one God originally created us to eat, a plant-based diet.¬† It's time¬†to start moving towards a more compassionate world.¬†¬†¬†
An Independent promoting peace and compassion.¬† And yes, save the polar bears and all life who have the right to live as God created them to live.
To mistreat God's creation is to offend God, the Creator.
"Christian Concern For All God's Creatures" DVD is NOW ONLINE!¬† Based on God's Creatures Ministry's conference -- Great for Churches and Seminaries.¬† For more information and questions for discussion visit www.Godscreaturesministry.org. ¬† "Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society.¬†¬† Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence.¬†¬† Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves."¬†¬† - Cesar Chavez, civil rights and labor leader, founder of the United Farm Workers