Of course, she's taken aback. Palin is a Real American and all real americans know that liberal is a dirty word. Why doesn't Il Papa know this?
Sarah Palin is not a Catholic. Yet, as with every issue, the only thing that is important is that the Right-Wing gets to excrete their ignorant bigotry.
No matter the issue, no matter the person, no matter their office, their achievements or accomplishments, if someone doesn't conform to right-wing orthodoxy then they are too be shunned and destroyed.
The Right incorporates a culture of absolute disrespect towards those who stray from their toxic mix of power apologia, pettiness, bigotry and oppression.
It doesn't matter if it's Pope Francis, Pat Tillman, a Postal Employee or President Obama, right-wingers are feces flinging fact-free fanatics, who only show respect for an individual if they espouse the proper right-wing rhetoric.
“I think this administration has a very narrow view of the First Amendment, that first freedom, the freedom of religion,” Family Research Council Tony Perkins explained. “I think they see religious freedom as fine with it as long as it’s in the four walls of a church. But if it comes into workplace, the marketplace, if it comes into the public square, it’s not welcome.”This is exactly correct. Your weird beliefs are not welcome in the public square or the workplace, Mr. Perkins. You want to praise jesus? You want to adhere to the christian faith? Fine. But, you don't get to enforce your religious precepts onto others.
But, we've seen over and over and over again, that Religious Zealots don't want Freedom of Religion they want the Freedom to impose their religion on everyone else.
"I’m proud we are standing up for religious freedom in our state," Texas Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry said. "Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion."David Barton knows that if the returning Veteran truly believed in christ, he wouldn't have any problems. From Rawstory:
In a Veteran’s Day appearance on Believer’s Voice of Victory, televangelist Kenneth Copeland told "historian" David Barton that Numbers 32 said that soldiers “shall return and be guiltless before the Lord” and that meant that they wouldn’t have PTSD.
"You don’t take drugs to get rid of it, it doesn’t take psychology; that promise right there will get rid of it,” he said, pointing at the Bible.
"What we’re talking about, getting rid of the PTSD, guys who have been through battle, they need to understand that soldier’s promise, you come back guiltless before God and the nation," Barton agreed.
"You’re on an elevated platform up here, you’re a hero, you’re put in the faith hall of fame if you take this [Bible],” he added. "We used to in the pulpit understand the difference between a just war and an unjust war. And there’s a biblical difference, and when you do it God’s way, not only are you guiltless for having done that, you’re esteemed.”For a long, long time the Right has had total dominion over religious voters. But, as the Holy Spirit moves through Pope Francis expect an upswing of catholic bashing routinely witnessed in American history. As Right-Wingers continue to lash out at those who don't conform to the conservative values of bigotry, oppression, hatred and subjugation.