Former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin gave a speech at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Indianapolis Saturday, in which she'd sensationally discussed her opinions concerning the Obama administration's policy on terrorists and firearms.
Regarding her views on how she would deal with suspected "enemies who would utterly annihilate America - they who'd obviously have information on plots," Palin said, "if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists." The NRA crowd erupted in applause as Palin commented, "Oh, but you can't offend them (the terrorists), can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen."
Here is a clip of Palin's speech:
Palin was able to further rile the audience while espousing her perspective regarding the constitutional right to bear arms. The former governor urged those in attendance to fight for their gun liberties, and stated that their efforts are "needed now more than ever because every day, we are seeing more and more efforts to strip away our Second Amendment rights." Palin sees the Obama administration as attempting to further control the American people by attempting to further control their guns.
Palin, always a polarizing political figure, ruffled some feathers with her baptism comment, as seen on Twitter:
As a Christian, this is utterly appalling. "Palin at NRA meeting: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’" http://t.co/L7aJ14OJC7
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) April 27, 2014
Sarah Palin's "water boarding terrorists to baptize them" comment shows she is completely unfamiliar with the Jesus of the New Testament.
— Benjamin L Corey (@benjamincorey) April 28, 2014
“Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists” - Sarah Palin with one of the most theologically offensive statements I’ve ever heard. #Torture
— Greg Hillis (@gregorykhillis) April 28, 2014
I hope Palin's joke about waterboarding & baptism finally, irrevocably puts her beyond the pale of respectability for thinking conservatives
— Tom Nichols (@TheWarRoom_Tom) April 28, 2014
Sarah Palin can't tell a sacrament from a war crime. If I were a Christian, I'd be pretty damned angry. http://t.co/JDe92CYk6V
— Mark A.R. Kleiman (@MarkARKleiman) April 27, 2014
The baptismal waterboarding comment isn't the first time Palin found a way to draw attention to herself and induce reaction. Academy Award winner Matt Damon had chimed in regarding Palin's 2008 vice presidential bid:
Palin also explained in her speech that "If you control oil, you control an economy. If you control money, you control commerce. But if you control arms, you control the people, and that is what they're trying to do."
The Tea Party, among others, appeared to endorse aspects of Palin's presentation:
— Tea Party (@TeaPartyOrg) April 28, 2014
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