Sarah Palin’s Jewish Problem

When Sarah Palin shot back at critics who proposed that her severe — and perhaps violence-suggesting — rhetoric and campaigning helped inspire Jared Lee Loughner’s massacre in Tuscon, she accused those critics of blood libel — and started…

When Sarah Palin shot back at critics who proposed that her severe — and perhaps violence-suggesting — rhetoric and campaigning helped inspire Jared Lee Loughner’s massacre in Tuscon, she accused those critics of blood libel — and started an entirely new firestorm in the process.

Palin’s invoking of blood libel, which in its proper use refers to a centuries old lie that was used to justify mass anti-semitism and Jewish persecution, immediately drew angry responses from politicians and Jewish groups, but also brings back to the forefront her own religious affiliation — and its not infrequent brushes with anti-semitism.

Palin, who makes no secret of her devout Christian evangelism, is a member of Wasilla Bible Church, which subscribes to the Pentecostal Assembly of God. It is a small community church, but one that has been the host to a number of controversial speakers — with Palin both in the audience and openly participating.

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