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The Sarah Chronicles: A straight poop compendium of questions & answers on Sarah Palin

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“She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help…Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.” — quoted from A letter from someone who has known Sarah Palin since 1992.

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Got questions? We’ve got answers. Take your pick: Sarah’s record, her religion, her beliefs, her disbeliefs, censorship, scandals, abuse of power, truth, lies and consequences … You name it, it’s here. We’ll sort fact from fiction, with videos and links provided to verify any information we give. If you have a question you don’t see asked here, let us know. We’ll answer it faster than you can say, “Drill, baby, drill.” (actually, we post responses by the next morning). An ongoing project, the Sarah Chronicles will be published on an “as-we-go” basis. This page features our first installment: religion.
RELIGION

QUESTIONS: What’s this I hear about Sarah Palin’s religion — is it as scary as it sounds? And is this really any of our business?  

ANSWERS: Yes, and yes. As a rule, when a politician and her religious leaders prophecy that God wants her to drill for oil and gas to meet the needs of the apocalypse, it’s both scary and our business to know about it, particularly when that politician is on the VP ticket with John McCain, with built-in historical odds  that give her a 1 in 5 of likelihood of becoming president. 

THE FACTS: Sarah is a Pentecostal and belongs to the Wasilla Bible Church, said to be less extreme than her former church, the Wasilla Assembly of God. Both churches follow a literal translation of the Bible. Their views include the belief that church and state work together toward one destiny, which is to serve God’s purpose. As such, politicians — from mayors, to governors, to the president of the United States — are representatives of God, not the people.  Wasilla Bible Church draws 800-1000 worshippers each Sunday. Among their ministries are the Jews for Jesus program (which advocates converting Jews to Christianity, see video, below) and the Focus on Family conference (which promotes, among other things, curing or, as they prefer to call it, ‘overcoming’ homosexuality through the Love Won Out program). The McCain campaign, via spokeswoman Maria Comella, released a statement on Sarah Palin’s religion, describing her as being baptised Roman Catholic as an infant, but declined to comment further. “We’re not going to get into discussing her religion,” she said.

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BELOW is a video produced by the Wasilla Assembly of God for “The Masters Commission of Wasilla,” a group that Sarah Palin delivered a speech to (see separate videos, further down below, for Sarah’s speech to this group). The video, below, is a movie trailer to a longer recruitment film for the The Masters Commission of Wasilla. A deeper look at this group can be found at the Masters Commission website, here. According to the video, below (0:46) “Masters Commision is one of the keys in God’s plans for Alaska, the United States and the entire world…. You will walk away changed.”

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BELOW, Governor Sarah Palin speaks at her former church, the Wasilla Assembly of God, before the Master Commission Students. Following are a few pertinent quotes from her speech.  

(2:06) Here, Sarah calls on the congregation to pray for the $30 billion gas pipeline in Alaska: “God’s will has to be done in unifying  people and companies to get that gas-line built, so pray for that.”

(3:47) Here, Sarah calls for prayer over the soldiers being sent by our national leaders to Iraq, as they fulfill “a task that is from God”: “Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan, and that that plan is Gods’ plan. “

(6:16) Here, Sarah speaks on the role of Alaska’s oil and gas in the prophecy: “And this is what I want to pray over you guys, too, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory,  may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him and that spirit of revelation also including a spirit of prophecy that God’s gonna tell you what is going on, and what is going to go on, and you guys are gonna have that within you, and it’s just  going to bubble up, and bubble over, and it’s gonna pour out thoroughout the State of Alaska — again, good, good things in store for the State of Alaska. Let us pray for God’s will to be done here, for all of your destinies to be met in this state. There’s been so many words over the State of Alaska —  we being the head, not the tail — and I see things now in the works, it seems like things are — that’s coming to fruition — that things are percolating, that things are coming along, and — just praying for an outpouring of God’s spirit here, for that revival to be here in Alaska.”

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BELOW, in Part 2 of the above speech, both the current and former pastors of the Wasilla Assembly of God join Sarah in speaking on the prophecy and God’s will in the State of Alaska, believed by the church to be one of the “refuge states” during the last days. Following are pertinent quotes from the video.

(1: 05) Here, the pastor offers comments on (former pastor) Paul Reilly’s prayer for Sarah — an answered prayer, whereby Sarah was made governor, so that she could “do this next step”: “This is awesome, making a prophetic declaration and then unfolds the kingdom of god. You know, and so there’s the prophetic call.” 

(1:25) Here, the pastor continues speaking on prophecy, Alaska and Sarah Palin, as he declares it God’s will to tap into the natural resources of Alaska, with the belief that Alaska is one of the “refuge states,” where hundreds of thousands will flock during the last days. “I want you to please pray for Sarah, for Governor Sarah– there were some things about the natural resources, about the state, there were some things that God wants to tap into to be a refuge for the lower 48 –and I believe that Alaska’s one of the refuge states, come on you guys, in the last days, and hundreds of thousands of people are going to come to the state to seek refuge, and the church has to be ready to minister to them. Amen? So could you pray for our governor and what she’s requested?”

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Below is Part 1 of the Jews for Jesus sermon, themed, “Be More Jewish, Believe in Jesus” attended by Sarah and Todd Palin on August 17, 2008. The sermon was delivered by David Brickner at Sarah’s church, Wasilla Bible Church. See Part 2 of the sermon here, and Part 3 here)

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll add to/update this post as time allows.

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by Mantis Katz, for the canarypapers

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  1. You people are so self serving that you will attempt to destroy anyone who does not think just like you. Wait a minute, how do you think if you are obviously a non-thinker responding to your distorted emotions? I know, you just visciously attack. People like you are a threat to the existence of the human race. You are pathetic and will lie about anything to try and get things to go your own way.

    Ken

    September 7, 2008 at 10:39 pm

  2. Um..Ken Ken ken Kenny boy, did ya have a Bad Day?…”People like you are a threat to the existence of the human race”? What?Really? (So you think Mantis Katz is right up there with AIDS/Bombs/World Hunger..hmm) “You people”?..YOU Ken..need to put your hands in the air and move away from the pc. Take a breath..go outside, then come back when you have control of yourself..do some READING/RESEARCH/CRITICAL THINKING..silly things like that..here’s an novel Idea(!), reread the post and FIND A FALSEHOOD. dare ya.
    note; Ken, no one wants to ‘destroy’ anyone. Let’s keep this simple; Americans simply DO NOT WANT AN INEXPERIENCED X-BEAUTY QUEEN WHO RULES A STATE THE SIZE OF AUSTIN TX, WHO IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ABUSE OF POWER AND UNDER A GAG ORDER FROM THE CAMPAIGN SHE’S SUDDENLY INVOLVED IN BECAUSE SHE IS INCOMPETENT TO SPEAK…TO BE AN (ACTUAL) HEARTBEAT AWAY FOR RULING THE FREE WORLD. Got it? Simple as that.
    She may be a real nice gal, perhaps an ‘ok’ hockey mom. She can go speak in tongues, kill and eat moose burgers to her hearts content..this Is America, but Ken..VP/PRES..seriously.

    wacjazz

    September 8, 2008 at 2:05 am

  3. You anti-Palin people are fine with baby murder (abortion) and even infanticide, but scream to high heaven if an animal is killed. Pathetic.

    SharonG

    September 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm

  4. To the contrary, SharonG. I am not fine with murdering babies. My position on this is unique: I would like to see this country move toward being a culture where abortion is not such a commonplace option or the default choice — to hopefully work our way toward being a country where no one ever has a need for an abortion except in the rarest of cases, which is also a position Barack Obama has taken. I’ve never heard a politician before take this position. Have you?

    I am against killing in all forms, yet I acknowledge the terrible tragedy of abortion as a necessary one, until we change the way we do things. I am against the polarizing positions people take on abortion. I am not in favor of a return to back-alley abortions, where women are slaughtered, trying to have an abortion for babies they know fully well they cannot take care of, for whatever reasons — and there are many reasons, all of them highly personal. And, no, there are not people lining up at the doors to adopt crack babies. I am in favor of reality. I don’t see many ‘pro-abortion’ people trying to find ways to change our society into one where abortion is an uncommon reality, nor do I see ‘anti-abortion’ people thronging to take care of crack babies, or any of the other ‘undesirable’ orphans, of the many babies out there living in abject, squallorous poverty, being cared-for by their own sick or abusive mothers, who are ill-equipped to care for children. I believe in looking reality square in the eye and saying, “”This is no good. How can we change this?” I find positions, such as Sarah Palin’s, to be out of touch with reality, the same way I find the viewpoint of many ‘pro-abortion” people to be out of reality, in the sense that neither is truly compassionate and humane. Abortion is horrible. But so is the reality of mothers having babies they don’t want, or that they can’t care for, or who they may choose to keep, only to — worst-case scenario — grow overwhelmed or be so drugged out that they do crazy shit and microwave their own babies to death (as recently happened, according to the headlines). There are so many areas of black, white and gray here that compose the reality we live in. No, I don’t believe in killing things — not even the meat on your table. I think factory farming is criminal. I think slaughtering wolves, so that people like Sarah Palin can have more moose and caribou to slaughter for sport is terrible. I think abortion is horrible. Suppose there’s any room for dialogue with this, or must it all disintegrate into violence, hatred and name-calling?

    canarypapers

    September 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm

  5. Only pro-aborts think there is a NEED for abortion.

    SharonG

    September 14, 2008 at 7:02 pm

  6. Au contraire, SarahG. I had a feeling you’d not really read what I’d written, and would instead hone in on one word or phrase around which to construct a bumper-sticker slogan. When I responded to your post, I gave you the benefit of doubt, that maybe you were actually interested in the contradictions between the “anti-abortion and “pro-abortion” stances. (e.g. that so-called “pro-lifers” are perplexingly “pro-war” and “pro-death” when it comes to capital punishment, and vice-versa for those who are opposed to war and the death sentence). Likewise, you saw my anti-wolf-killing stance to be a contradiction with a pro-abortion stance — a stance that you, alone, presumed for me —- as I never mentioned abortion in my post, and have never, ever written anything pro-abortion because, as you may have missed in earlier response to you, I am not pro-abortion. The world is not so black-and-white as you presume.

    I should not have engaged you in a discussion on the ethics of life and death decisions, because these are two things that don’t lend themselves to being resolved by bandying bumper stickers and hurling epithets at people, and this seems to be your modus operandi for discussing matters of import. Set abortion aside for a moment, but don’t worry. I’ll get back to it.

    No matter who is elected to the White House, the people in this country are headed for hard times. Just who shoulders the blame for this will depend entirely on how the media spins it, but the fact is, we are headed for hard times, and this is due entirely to the policies of the past 8 years. We’ve seen only the tip of the iceberg in recent months, as the ripple effects are beginning to be felt. We are seeing the consequences in a most tangible way, as our current economic recession threatens to spiral into a full-fledged depression. We’ve seen only the tip of the iceberg with the collapse of some of our oldest financial institutions, and with epidemic home foreclosures, food shortages, inflation, mounting joblessness, the disintegration of our health care system…. This is why you hear anger in the voices of those who oppose Sarah Palin. It’s not about her gender, it’s not about guns or abortion — even as these, too, are important issues to many Americans — but it’s about the future of our country, and the utter horror of it being in the hands of one so lacking in the knowledge, background, experience, education, insight and understanding to lead this country, as to be dangerous. Make no mistake — these qualifications do matter. Their importance cannot be simply dismissed with promises to be a maverick and do things differently (and I could make a sound argument that neither McCain nor Palin have the credentials to even call themselves mavericks). We do not live in the same world we lived in only 10 years ago. The world stage is nuanced with myraid facets of history and politics, and is peopled with a diversity of leaders and situations that simply cannot be absorbed by cramming with Cliff Notes on history and politics, nor by the rote memorization necessary to eking one’s way through an interview.

    I’ve heard it intimated by more than one prominent economist that it is quite possible, if not likely, that our country could soon face a national crisis equal to or worse than the Great Depression. The house of cards upon which the Bush Administraton built our economic future is simply unprecedented. There is more than a small possibility that we will soon be facing a different way of life that very well feels like a “life-or-death” existence, as homelessness amoung lower and middle-income classes becomes epidemic, along with food and water shortages, electricity black-outs and whatever other accoutrements accompany fullscale economic collaspe where, even if you have the money, the goods and services won’t be there to buy. We have gone, over the past 8 years, from being a super-power and a beacon of hope — holding ourselves up to others as a an example to which they can aspire — to being a disreputable country that is so in debt to China (which is now a super-power, due in great part to our failed economic policies) that, should China decide to call in our debt, we’re screwed. So, whle so many Americans are spending the election yelling bumper sticker slogans such as “drill, baby, drill” other countries in the world — such as China and nearly all of Europe — are doing exactly what Obama proposes: building their economies and their manufacturing bases, building their infrastructure, investing in education, investing in “green technologies” that are not only the way of the future, but the strongest economic star upon which to hitch one’s wagon.

    As one economist put it, our “drill, baby, drill” mentality is the equivalent of saying, during the 1970-80s dawn of the computer age, “typewriter and carbon paper, baby.” It’s going to take genuine forward-thinking, innovation and courage for a leader in this country to steer us intelligently toward a sound future, especially consiidering the built-in disintegration laid by the Bush Administration. When you hear people say that this is perhaps the most important election in our nation’s history, and that we cannot continue the policies of the Bush Administration, believe them.

    Because, come November 4th, you can be assured of one thing no matter who is elected: the bumper sticker slogans will be retired. What then? You may remember some of Bush’s slogans, many of which revolved around “compassionate conservatism.” Few in this country feel that they’ve been recipients to anything resembling compassion, as our leaders have focused their attentions and and policy-making solely toward war-making and re-working our economic infrastructure to favor corporate profits — which have been raked in at record numbers, to the expense and detriment of ordinary Americans.

    Regardless of where you stand on these wars, the fact is that we and our children and our grandchildren are footing the bill to the tune of $16 billion per month to fund these two wars. That’s $144 per month, right here and now, in todays’ dollars, per household. A huge portion of this money goes directly into grossly managed corporations — such as Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown, Root, et al — with whom we contract to carry out the functions in our wars, such as drilling for oil and laying pipelines to transport his oil. This figure doesn’t even take into account our covert wars throughout the world, not to mention the other potential wars, ever hanging in the balance, due to our sore lack of diplomacy and our bullying stance toward having control of the oil fields and oil pipelines throughout the world.

    SharonG, this country is facing hard times. My utter rejection of Sarah Palin’s candidacy has nothing to do with abortion, pro or otherwise. My rejection stems entirely from the fact that she is so profoundly unqualified to do the job, as to be dangerous.

    It would be difficult to say which aspect I most fear. The blatant lying? The corruption that has defined nearly all of her prior political experience? Or could it be her utter lack of knowledge and understanding of our national and international predicament — knowledge that cannot be grasped by memoriizing talking points and cramming for interviews with Cliff Note versions of current and past events revolving around our economy, our political system, our Constitution, our relationships with other countries, the global econonmy, wars, our infrastructure, our health care system, our manufacturing base, education, Medicare and Social Securty, and so on?

    I would have to say that I fear Sarah Palin’s candidacy for all of the above, because we’ve been living under all of the above for the past 8 years, and it has driven our country into ruin. There’s no bumper sticker slogan can pretty up that reality, except during an election season, and only by those who have forgotten the bumper stickers slogans from the last two elections — slogans that we’re retired after election day, never to be mentioned again.

    SharonG, all life is sacred. Mine and yours, as well as the thousands of innocent babies and children who who once had the misfortune of living in the paths of the 75,000+ pounds of cluster bombs we’ve rained on Iraq, alone, over the past 5 years. Life is sacred, SharonG, all life, from the cradle to the grave. This is why I spend many hours working to disseminate information, in the hope that our national dialogue can be steered toward discussions of the issues and the facts surrounding them — and away from the over-simplified bumper-sticker version of the facts — even as these discussions are not as easily digested as mooseburgers, and involve nuances of thought that can’t be read in 3 seconds or less. Your assumption that I’m a baby murderer is, perhaps, the best evidence I can offer that we, as a country, need to talk. We need to reacquaint ourselves with the art of talking and listening to one another. Having leaders who share in this dialogue — rather than seek to shut us out, silence us, or divide us with hot-button issues and bumper-sticker slogans — is part and parcel of what we need to be doing, as a nation, to heal, re-build and reclaim our moral compass after the devastation of the past 8 years.

    canarypapers

    September 15, 2008 at 6:50 am

  7. This thread is aptly named. It is for the birds – the bird-brained.

    SharonG

    September 15, 2008 at 7:51 pm

  8. I appreciate your thoughtful discourse. It is a shame that there are so many who have made up their minds and are unwilling to look at the complexities of life — including issues like war, capital punishment and abortion.

    I agree that Palin’s lack of experience, knowledge and accurate information is incredibly worrisome. I am extremely disappointed in McCain for having made such an obviously political move rather than putting the interests of the people in this country first.

    I grew up with Palin’s current pastor and was endoctrinated from birth in the evangelical movement. Evangelicals believe the end time is at hand at that Jesus will return any day. The long-term view on matters of global warming, environment, hunger, health, etc. are viewed quite differently when you don’t expect to remain on this planet.

    Furthermore, as the name “evangelical” suggests, the God’s calling to the born again is to bring others to Him. No other belief is correct. All must come to Jesus and be born again. If they don’t, they will burn in hell — their just reward. In tolerance of other beliefs is the hallmark of the evangelical world.

    Evangelicals want us to be taught their philosophy of creationism as a science in our schools. They can, as Palin does, totally disregard hard science in the furtherance of creationism.

    They believe God (their God) should be at the center of government. They believe we should be praying to their God in our schools. They believe that literature and art not to their liking should be banned. Last but not least, evangelicals want to determine what all women may or may not do with regard to their own bodies and the difficult and often heartbreaking decisions that they must make.

    So if not being prepared academically, intellectually or professionally and only one step away from being President of this country is not enough of a wakeup call, Palin’s strong evangelical beliefs should be seriously considered prior to going to the voting booth. And do not forget, that Palin was under investigation long before she was selected as McCain’s running mate.

    Please keep in mind that some of the nicest people I have known are evangelicals. My posting is not a slame against evangelicals as individuals but rather an expression of my great concern about where we will find ourselves in eight years if we are led by an individual who does not believe in the distant future on earth.

    Voters should set aside their emotional responses, the name calling and think about what our country will be like if Palin becomes President. I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I too have a college degree and have worked in politics, nonprofit, government and private industry. I would not for one moment think that I should be leading this country (or be one step away from leading this country).

    As a woman, I am insulted that McCain apparently feels any woman will do to placate my desire to see a woman as VP and/or President.

    Thanks for providing a place where ideas and thoughts can be exchanged.

    MimI

    October 1, 2008 at 11:20 am

  9. [...] letter, below, was written as a comment to our recent post on Sarah Palin’s religion, in The Sarah Chronicles: A Straight Poop Compendium of Questions & Answers on Sarah Palin. The author of this letter states that she, herself, was “indoctrinated from birth in the [...]

  10. I can’t imagine anyone seriously voting for such an ignoramus. What do they put in the water up there in Alaska?

    Tony Sidaway

    October 1, 2008 at 5:10 pm

  11. I have been reading a lot of alarmist things about Sarah Palin in regards to her religious views and how it relates to her ability to run the country should it become necessary for her to do so. I understand the fears that are sparked from an outsider looking in on such strange and seemingly radical religious proclamations and I can say that even as a fairly charismatic Christian, that some of them are a bit strange to me. I do not, however, think that it is all as dire as some are making it out to be.
    Context is a big key to what is taking place here. There are things prayed and said in the moment at church in the setting where presumably everyone is on the same page and the moments agenda is relatively understood, that are not really the full rounded picture of the heart beliefs of the individual. I know that this is still not very comforting or excusable, but let me share an example from my own life to further elaborate.
    I am a Bible believing Christian and my worldview reflects these beliefs. I was recently called to jury duty. I took the civic duty very seriously and determined from that start that I wanted to do my part to act as a fair and unbiased juror to help our judicial system work in the way it was intended. I was chosen as a juror and heard all of the evidence in the trial of a man who was accused of selling crack cocaine. The police had attempted to set up a sting with a coerced informant and as a result of the operation had arrested the defendant for selling an illegal drug.
    Selling drugs is surely not something most people (Christian or not) approve of. But as a Christian, I was acutely aware of the part of me who felt righteously obligated to put this guy in jail. His fate was partly in my hands. I have participated in many prayer meetings where I specifically prayed that God would bring those who are selling drugs and promulgating the problem of drug abuse to justice. I have “prophesied” that those who sold drugs would be caught and forced to answer for this action. I am not a public figure so I have the privilege of moderate privacy in most of these prayers, but many of them were prayed aloud in a group setting. A person who had heard these prayers could look at me and say,
    “man this guy doesn’t have a chance, I have heard that woman pray about this stuff and she clearly believes that God has caught this man and that jail is his only option”.
    They could make that connection but they wouldn’t understand the whole picture, because as much as I believe that selling drugs is wrong and ungodly, I also firmly believe in innocent until proven guilty. The police did a poor job of setting the man on trial up and as a result had a whole bunch of circumstantial evidence that lead one to believe that the defendant was most likely selling drugs, but no hard unequivocal proof to back it up. I think that probably, that man was guilty, but since the prosecution did not do an adequate job of proving it and since I believe that they had to prove it beyond all reasonable doubt, I had to vote to let the man go.
    I could have let those worldview beliefs sway me the other way, could have told myself that God was bringing that man to justice like I prayed and convinced myself that therefore the City’s circumstantial evidence was enough. An outsider reading the transcripts of my prayers, if such a thing existed, would surely assume that I would have made such a decision, but there is more to me than that. I am multi-dimensional and capable of seeing from many different angles even though I have deep rooted beliefs about God.
    I read a very provocative response on the same Sarah Palin blog page from a person defending their pro-choice beliefs while contending that they are truly concerned with the sanctity of life and I understood and respected their take fully even though my convictions on the issue run a little different. The blogger was clearly not a cold hearted, selfish, baby killer, but a woman who wanted a right for all women to choose what is right for them. I can respect that. Yet I don’t feel that I am given the same respect for my beliefs or, more to the point that Sarah is for hers.
    I am just so frustrated with Christians being pigeon-holed because of prayers uttered or beliefs held about God. So we believe that God is orchestrating things. Are we equally concerned about people who believe that fate controls the outcome of events? Do we wring our hands and shake in our boots that there are those in charge who may espouse the philosophy that no matter what we do or chose our destiny is laid out before us and unalterable? I’m sure that many more lawmakers and others in authority believe this or some variation of it and we are none the wiser. But Christian beliefs seem to find their way into the spotlight time and again and those espousing them are given no credit for intelligent or multifaceted thought.
    I am aware that some of that is the fault of the maddeningly vocal ignoramuses. But some of it is just plain prejudice and lack of understanding. It is taking a pebble and constructing a castle out of it and claiming that the creation is the only possible way that castle could look based on the dimensions of that pebble.
    There is nothing I have read of Sarah Palins prayers or words spoken in her closed church setting that convinces me that Sarah’s religious beliefs would cause her to be the ruination of our society. And the rest of it is speculation; it is faulty logic – “People who believe in the rapture don’t care about the environment” – .that just as ignorant and sweeping of a generalization as saying that pro-choice people like killing babies.
    Clearly Palin is not experienced enough and undoubtedly she would not have been my choice, but she is here and she may just make it into office, and wasting our time and energy predicting doom and gloom based her religious convictions seems to me to be just about as closed minded and unenlightened as the political “religious right” is always accused of being.

    Holly

    October 22, 2008 at 12:20 pm

  12. Let’s face it, her only qualification for the highest office is her resemblance to Tina Fey.

    Tony Sidaway

    October 22, 2008 at 5:51 pm

  13. Holly,
    I don’t know if you’ll check back and read this. I’ve been really busy this week and have just now had an opportunity to read your post. I very much appreciate the time you took to put into words your perspectives on the biases against Christianity.

    My sense is that we all — as humans, the world over — share more in common than in differences. Your letter and your perspectives are very much an example of what we hold in common. I think that, given the right “climate” the things we all share in common, as humans, would be culitivated into our society — from our government’s policies, to the day-to-day transactions between individuals. I think that, given the right climate, people would be less inclined to draw sharp, angry lines between our differences and would be more inclined to give respectful consideration of other viewpoints, other cultures, other lifestyles, other religions and spiritualities, and thus be more likely to embrace each other individually and as a society, accepting each other’s differences and similarities as part of the whole.

    I think that what you’re seeing, in terms of contempt toward Sarah Palin’s religion, is an outright rejection of the divisiveness, intolerance and ignorance committed in the name of her religion and politics, which do overlap, sometimes overtly and other times more subtly (e.g. Jews for Jesus, “curing” homosexuality, disrespect for education and intelligence via the “elitism” label she puts on large swaths of people, plus the “us vs. them” mentality she advocates from the stump in describing pro vs. anti-Americans, as her words convey a belief that only *certain* people can lay claim to being patriotic or to loving America). These are a few of the more notable examples of the intolerance and divisiveness that she brings to the national stage.

    It is impossible to not take into consideration her past history with both religion and politics. Regarding global warming, her history as a politician (e.g. using her authority as governor to withhold the scientific papers on global warming during the pipeline approval process, despite huge public protest) reveals a disregard for the science of global warming. Here, one cannot help but take into account the evangelical view on matters like global warming. The bibilical directive, according to the evangelical translation, is that the earth was made specifically for the use and enjoyment by man, but only for a finite period of time.

    Speaking as a non-Christian who has deep respect for Christians in my family and circle of friends, I can tell you that it’s NOT Sarah Palin’s religion that I and many others reject.

    It is, specifically, that (1) her religion sees leaders and politicians as being part of God’s plan, and that, according to God’s plan, all roads lead to the rapture, (2) her evangelical religion does, in fact, hold non-believers, non-born-agains, in a certain disregard,(3) some of her policies in Alaska have been shaped by her religious views, the environment being but one example, (4) her stump speeches show a profound degree of intolerance and judgment against others — not to mention a heaping helping of closed-minded ignorance coupled with a refusal to open her mind to the facts (e.g. the truth about William Ayers and Barack Obama, the science on global warming), (5) Saran Palin’s brand of religion plays out, in many people’s eyes — mine included — as a gross form of hypocrisy, (6) the “us vs. them” mentality of her religion seems to bleed into her political dogma.

    Most people, when they think of religion and spirituality, think of love, kindness, caring, compassion….. Most people, when they see a Sarah Palin speech, are deeply offended and appalled by the bitter vitriol that, for the past 2 months, has spawned anger, intolerance, divisivness, rage, resentment and hate among her supporters.

    Surely, you can understand the many people in this country and, indeed, around the world (and I can speak here for my Christian family members and friends) who are sickened by Sarah Palin’s brand of politics — PARTICULARLY against the backdrop of her professed Christianity.

    My point here is really simpler than I’m making it. When I compare the speeches of John McCain/Sarah Palin with the speeches of Barack Obama/Joe Biden, I see two choices: We can approaching human beings with a fearful, intolerant good guys vs. bad guys mentality, or we can approach human beings in a spirit of “we’re all in this together” tolerance.

    I’ve watched, in horror, over the past 2 months as McCain-Palin have made a campaign strategy of dividing people into good vs. bad. I’ve watched, with hope, over the past 2 years as Obama has consistently delivered the same message: We’re all in this together; things are broken, there’s work to be done, let draw together and fix this mess.

    I want my children and grandchildren to grow up in a world where it’s not good or bad to be young, old, democrat, republican, gay, straight, jew, athiest, christian, buddhist, american, european, asian, muslim, rich, poor, middle-class, uneducated, educated, pro-abortion, anti-abortion, liberal, conservative, a scientist, an artist, a writer, a politician….. It’s not good or bad, it’s just part of what makes us different.

    Because, fact is, we are all in this together, and we need leaders who can bring us together to work on the awesomely complex problems we face, as humans living on this incredibly diverse and troubled planet. Sarah Palin does not embrace this approach and is, in fact antithetical to it. The massive campaign contribution dollars to the Obama campaign, plus the criticisms you see on Sarah Palin — some of them quite angry, contemptuous and disrespectful — are evidence that people are fighting tooth and nail against the brand she brings to the national stage. There are many of us, myself included, who see politicians like Sarah Palin as being very, very dangerous.

    In the best of worlds, people such as yourself will be free to express your viewpoints, and people like me will listen and respectfully consider your words. This is important on an individual basis, as well as a national and international basis. History shows that the worst of mankind emerges under the influence of dogmas, politics and religions that work to sever the dialogue between individuals and nations, cultivating a climate of misunderstanding, intolerance, fear and,ultimately, hatred and violence.

    My vote for Obama-Biden is as much a vote for Christians as it is for Islamics, Jews, athiests, agnostics and Buddhists. It’s as much a vote for those who are pro-abortion as those who are anti-abortion. My vote is for bringing people together to live as peacefully as possible while we address our differences and conflicts, in the hope of finding peaceable solutions we can all live with.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to write
    Best regards,
    Mantis

    canarypapers

    October 24, 2008 at 7:44 am


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