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Looks like Palin has her own church issues — Why isn’t this footage all over the news?

September 9th, 2008 · 9 Comments

It seems that Governor Sarah Palin has some church problems of her own. Remember a few months ago when we couldn’t turn on the evening news without hearing repeated footage of Reverend Wright and his rantings? And while I don’t agree with Rev. Wright’s statements, I think that it is a little odd how there are statements made by Governor Palin in her church that we should be questioning, but the the traditional television news media is not pursuing her words or those of her pastors as aggressively.

Palin has asked one of the churches that she attends to pray for building an Alaskan pipeline and for the military members who are on “a task that is from God.” I’m not so sure about this war being a task from God. Whose God is she talking about anyway? Listen to this clip, and tell me what you think.

And venturing off-topic, isn’t the part about her son’s tattoos a little odd? Her oldest child, Track, is an infantryman, heading off to Iraq, now identified by his “big ole’ Jesus fish” and map of Alaska. I don’t know if I would advertise that to the world if I had a kid preparing to ship off. I know that the Marines recently enacted tighter restrictions on tattoos to create a more “professional demeanor,” and I know that the Army has a similar policy. It just doesn’t seem the wisest of choices for someone going into a zone where you are identified by physical markers and traits, no?

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Tags: Barack Obama · Evangelicals · Iraq War · Pentacostal churches · Presidential Elections · Sarah Palin

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 xxxicana // Sep 9, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Yup, Palin is freakin’ scary. Her church also has a “pray for gays” campaign . . . Keith Olbermann’s show yesterday did focus on Palin’s religious beliefs.

  • 2 reenee // Sep 9, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    xxxicana is correct. I simply hope that women who care about their hard won rights for personal freedom will recognize and understand what giving power to someone like this would mean to them and their daughters.
    I also hope that the collective IQ of the general population does not drop at the voting booths as much as it did in 2000 and 2004.

  • 3 Irma // Sep 10, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Dont attack Sarah Palin’s religion – or face having to defend the Jeremiah Wright church of black
    ideology. Remember , it was Wright who basically said the 9/11 was the fault of the US.

    Stick to the issues- economy, health care and immigration.

    As for women’s rights, those were fought for and obtained by HRC supporters. We aren’t dumb as you might think. Some of us are on the Supreme Court, some are presidents of major Ivy league schools, some are very famous scientists. Many of us are teachers in colleges and universities all over the US. The myth that
    antiObama supporters are uneducated and stupid is simply a myth.

  • 4 xxxicana // Sep 10, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Sorry, Irma . . . you’ve got it wrong AGAIN! While the Constitution guarantees individuals the right to practice their religion . . . we are also granted the freedom of free speech …. which includes the right to question potential candidates about how their religious beliefs will affect their policy making. Sarah Palin has deeply held beliefs that WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT women, the GLBT community, the poor, and minorities. Read up, chica . . . you are woefully ignorant of history and politics.

  • 5 DexterManley // Sep 10, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    One news item off-topic but D.P.M. de veras!

    Balbina Herrera won the governing, center-left, PRD (Partido Revolucionario Democratico) nomination for president of Panama. General election will be held first Sunday in May 2009. She’s an overwhelming favorite to win it all because the center-right PP candidate, Juan-Carlos Varela, and the right-wing (something creepy and nationalistic that used to be La Union Patriotica) candidate, Ricardo Martinelli, will split her opposition.

    If she’s elected she’ll join Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina and Michelle Bachillet of Chile as three concurrently serving center-left woman presidents among the power countries of South America.

    And she loves Metallica and Ozzy!

    I’m a Jewish Panamanian, educated in the US, and I must say that I’m amazed at the differences in the ways our two countries deal with religion. With Catholicism especially. Everyone thinks the “evangelicos extremos” are just part of the American circus.

    How is it that you have “freedom of religion” in your constitution and a “separation clause” and yet extremist Christianity informs every aspect of political life, when religion is such a personal issue? We have an official religion and 1/4 of the country is atheist and it doesn’t matter!

    I notice when I watch American news and “the Catholic vote” is discussed, it’s always in terms of abortion. And how do extremist Catholics in the US square being anti-abortion but also anti-contraception, pro-death penalty, pro-war, and anti-forgiveness in the criminal justice system? Why when “the Jewish vote” is discussed, it’s always about Israel?

    Living in an OFFICIALLY ROMAN CATHOLIC country, I have never encountered any of that. There must be an American Jesus and a Latino Jesus because even though I’m Jewish I’ve always loved the words of Jesus, even though I don’t believe in his being supernatural.

    More importantly, Catholics down here take their Jesus VERY SERIOUSLY and the idea that a political party would claim Jesus as their own would be blasphemy here.

    Moreover, here Catholicism has nothing to do with abortion or contraception or gay rights. It has to do with faith and love and drawing strength and comfort from El “dios de amor.”

    Also, Catholics, Jews (including Israeli immigrants), Arab Muslims, Hindus and Chinese Buddhists all get along great and there’s no discussion of religion except to laugh at how crazy it makes Americans.

    There are also some Catholic friends of mine who don’t laugh at all. They think how the Fundamentalist Christians in America speak of and use religion is beyond blasphemy and it makes them sick.

  • 6 Michaelr // Sep 10, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Hello Irma…hello Irma from Planet X. You’re mixing apples and oranges again. Sarah Palin’s religious diatribes and double standards have been spewing forth from her mouth. Not her minister, or pastor, preacher or flight instructor’s. I know how you love to mix metaphors for the sake of argument, but your emotional rage simply clouds your thinking every time…and again and again. So let us all understand your argument here? We can’t discuss Sarah Palin’s self-serving, double standard religious beliefs because Jeremiah Wright said 9/11 was the fault of the U.S.? How are the two related? Jeremiah Wright isn’t running for Vice President of the United States. And have you read the 9/11 Commission Report? I don’t think you have, or you wouldn’t be saying something as irresponsible as this. And your statement that women’s rights were fought for and obtained by HRC supporters. With that doozy, I think you’re telling lies again Irma. There are hundreds of thousands of U.S. women who risked their lives and marriages to promote Women’s Suffrage hundreds of years before Hillary was even conceived. I realize Hillary Clinton is your savior, but you have to think these statements through before you log onto the site and talk your unique brand of gibberish.

  • 7 webmaster // Sep 10, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Irma, nobody here is attacking Sarah Palin’s religion. We are criticizing her speech in front of one of the churches that she belongs to.

    I agree w/ MichaelR. Sarah Palin is running for office. Jeremiah Wright is not! If you notice in the original post, it said that I don’t agree w/ the rantings of Rev. Wright. However, I think that there is some truth to what I have heard him say. He has every right to be angry with how 9/11 was handled.

    If you haven’t already, I would suggest that you read, House of Bush, House of Saud. It is a good primer in the relationship between the Bushes, their cronies, and the Saudi terrorists.

    http://www.craigunger.com/related-writings/

  • 8 leesee // Sep 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    You are way more tolerant than I would be with such marginal commentors.

  • 9 Michaelr // Sep 10, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Leesee…that’s because we want them to come back and share their lunacies, no matter how far out in left field they are. This whole blog business is such an education in simple dialogue. Reading your blog is so much better than reading the NY Times and the WSJ.

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