Sarah Palin and Her Cultured Despisers

Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska

In the City of New York, the enlightened are smarter, more cultured, more couth than the Governor of Alaska. The woman is a redneck ! Could you find her at MOMA ? Could you see her reading The New Yorker ? Or, for that matter, The New York Times ? Would you find her at a parents’ meeting of Brooklyn Friends ? None of the above, obviously.

And she is not an Episcopalian, not a Reform Jew, not a member of Ethical Culture. She does not attend mass at St. Patrick’s. Her religious affiliation, Pentecostalism, can be found in Spanish Harlem, but since when is that part of New York, part of Culture ?

Way back in 1799, the German theologian Schleiermacher had a message for the “cultured” of his time. But did this put an end to mindless, ignorant, snobbish judgmentalism ? What do you think ?

Friedrich Schleiermacher, author of
On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers (1799)

2 thoughts on “Sarah Palin and Her Cultured Despisers”

  1. Palin is completely out of her depth as a possible VP, and therefore as a possible Pres. She’s a small town and small-minded politician who knows neither the great issues of the day or of the world. She makes George W. Bush look like a sage in comparison.

    She’s also abused her office in Alaska, with she and her husband using it to pursue personal vendettas. And she’s lied repeatedly about the “bridge to nowhere,” which she supported before she expediently opposed it.

    The thought of either her or the man who chose her as having access to the nuclear button is beyond disconcerting. The thought of a fundamentalist Christian with doomesday beliefs having her finger on the button is terrifying. This has nothing to do with cultural elitism or snobbishness.

  2. Are these your considered opinions, or just something written in anger, in a rush ?

    “fundamentalist Christian with doomsday beliefs,” hm. Excuse me, have you studied Palin’s beliefs ?

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