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January 12, 2011

Palin on the Media Blood Libel

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions.
And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible. -- America's Enduring Strength

Posted by Vanderleun at January 12, 2011 7:44 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Palin-haters are "all wee-weed up" over her use of this phrase.

Posted by: RedCarolina at January 12, 2011 10:23 AM

They'd be pissed, and are, no matter what she says, when she says it.

Posted by: Jewel at January 12, 2011 11:11 AM

Certain phrases, like "blood libel," are proscribed for certain individuals, like the sumptuary laws of the Middle Ages that outlawed fancy clothes for the emerging crafstmen and tradesmen classes.

If the left can pretend to control the weather, it's no big leap for them to insist on rationing the use of words and phrases.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at January 12, 2011 1:51 PM

The commenter Sergey at neo-neocon offered this explanation for the origin of "blood libel"

Sergey Says: January 12th, 2011 at 3:53 pm JTW, the first victims of blood libel were not Jews, but Christians: Blood libel against Christians

During the first and second centuries, some Roman commentators misunderstood the ritual of the Eucharist and related teachings. While celebrating the Eucharist, Christians drink red wine in response to the words “This is the blood of Christ”. Propaganda arguing that the Christians literally drank blood was written and used to persecute Christians. Romans were highly suspicious of Christian adoptions of abandoned Roman babies and this was suggested as a possible source of the blood.

Posted by: rickl at January 13, 2011 12:03 AM

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