Instead of publishing my thoughts here, I have published them at my personal website, WritingJunkie.net: "More than 'Blood Libel' Phrase: the Other Reason People Cringed at Sarah Palin's Arizona Shootings Speech." I end that piece, which includes the transcript of Palin's message, with these words:
I pray that no physical harm comes to Palin for the sake of her children and peace in this nation. However, I also hope that Palin will pay attention to the hate mail and phone calls she may be getting as a result of this controversy and begin to realize that nasty words, even figurative language suggesting calls to violence delivered in an environment charged with animosity and other negative emotions, can indeed lead to violent acts. After all, picking up a telephone or sending an email to threaten a person's life is also a form of violent action surpassing a passing thought. Will she connect these dots?Some conservatives have been critical of Palin's word choice in the speech; however, far more have been supportive. Even Jews for Sarah Palin and Alan Dershowitz still defend her. Read more.