Governor Sarah Palin, Rabbi Yosef Greenberg, Rabbi Michael Oblath and Ranamanmohan Minhas, representative of the Alaska Indian Sikh Temple, participated in lighting memorial candles for those lost in the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. Photo retrieved from and courtesy of: http://gov.state.ak.us/.
Governor Sarah Palin on the same day celebrated Hanukkah (as evidenced by the same outfit worn in the Sikh temple and in the Hanukkah celebration. Thanks to TS Member Joe from NY for these two photos.
Governor Palin’s enemies love to portray her as being “racist” or only for “White Anglo Saxon Protestants,” when nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, there are Sikh and Jewish temples in Alaska and Governor Palin was there to memorialize the victims of the Mumbai terror attack and to celebrate an important Jewish holiday.
Governor Palin preaches tolerance — even of things that run against her own worldview. She supported domestic partnership benefits for gay and lesbian Alaskans, because her first priority was to uphold the law and not use her office as a grandstand. She defended the rights of consenting adults to manage their relationships as they see fit during the VP debate, though being against re-defining marriage. Though Governor Palin was involved with only one man in her life, one of her best friends is lesbian.
Governor Palin’s enemies regard this apparent contradiction in her approach to things as being “hypocrisy.” They fail to understand that her moral core does not waver, yet is fluid and dynamic — not dogmatic. In other words, she seeks solutions, not dogmatic imposition of her world view. Governor Palin is not out to proselytize or shove anything down anyone’s throat.
I recently had an interesting email exchange with someone who supports Governor Palin, but also likes Obama. I was flummoxed as to how this was possible. Then it dawned on me: Governor Palin listens and considers her electorate. Even though you might not agree with her on some things, she will listen and consider your views and work towards a solution. This aligns with her vision of doing away with the politics of “clashing interests” and success by tearing others down — and working with political rivals — “with a servant’s heart” to make the country a better place. Perhaps, that is why this person — normally rather liberal — also likes Governor Palin.
Whether you’ve had one partner in your life or many; whether you had your children as a married couple or an un-married couple — or are single parents; straight or gay; religious or not religious — Governor Palin will work to ensure that your civil rights are honored and respected.