Does Sarah Palin Follow Machiavelli or Jesus?: The Matthew 25 Network, a Diverse Group of Christians, Sends an Open Letter to Palin Appealing to Her to Stop Lying on the Campaign Trail, and to Stop Using Karl Rove-like Political Tactics

Are the politics of Machiavelli and Shakespeare’s Iago (in Othello)—and by extension, the politics of Karl Rove—in accord with the gospel of Jesus and the Christian witness?

The Matthew 25 Network thinks not, and sent an open letter to Palin appealing to her sense of fairness, decency, and proportion while running for VP as a professing evangelical Christian.

Sarah Posner, of the American Prospect, reported on the sending of the letter this week. Money quote: 

The Matthew 25 Network, a Christian political action committee that is supporting Barack Obama, last week released a letter to Sarah Palin, which, in so many words, called on her to start acting like she follows Jesus’s teachings instead of Karl Rove’s. The signers, religious leaders of different Christian traditions, said they were “extremely disappointed in Sarah Palin’s divisive, sarcastic, and often deceptive address at the Republican National Convention,” and asked Palin as “not only as a political figure, but also as a prominent Christian, to recommit herself to campaigning in good faith, with a strong commitment to truth-telling.” The letter cited Ephesians 4:25, which reads, “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are all of the same body.”

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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