This is a silly headline from the Politico.
Jonathan Martin's title is "Palin backs off "task from God" statement."
It looks to me like the media is backing off.
As characterized by the media, Palin allegedly said the troops to Iraq were on a "task from God."
But that is not what Palin said. And she is not backing off what she said. She is correcting the media (not that they ever think they need correction).
As Moe noted, Palin said, according to the transcript, "Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."
So, we have:
Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right;
Pray … that our leaders … are sending them out on a task that is from God.
She even then clarified that she wanted them to pray that they were doing what was in God's plan and not their own plan.
It's a humbling thing the secularists in the media don't seem to understand: Sarah Palin believes God is sovereign.
And clarifying that her words were meant to echo Abraham Lincoln is not backing down.
Let's accept this for what it is: the media seized on this as a gotcha moment and now are having to back down from it, but they can't admit that they got it wrong.
Apparently, if you are a mentally retarded atheist, you too can get a well paying job. You can go work at the New York Times or Washington Post or ABC News or NBC and call yourself a journalist.