Palin’s war prayer

All over the web, Sarah Palin’s already infamous address to ministry students at her former church:

“Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” she said. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God’s plan.”

The first sentence, yes, troubles me immensely. However, the second, which appears to take on a subjunctive tone, seems, to me, partially to retract the Messianism exuding from the first. She suggests, toward the end, not that, as she first remarked, our Middle Eastern debacle is God’s will; rather, she implores her audience to pray that it is, that we have not, as a nation, acted against God. This hardly comforts me, is only trivially better than directly calling it God’s plan, as she first does; nonetheless, I think it leaves open the possibility that the Iraq War, in her eyes, isn’t necessarily God’s plan.

Truth be told, as much as I doubt it, for the sake of the souls of those who have perpetuated the Arabian absurdity, I hope that such prayers, that God might, even partially, approve, are answered on high in the affirmative.

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