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September 1, 2008

Sarah Palin's daughter is pregnant

Sen. John McCain's vice presidential pick Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, Reuters reports. The announcement was intended to knock down rumors liberal bloggers spread that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.

"We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us," the Palins' statement said.

"Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support," the Palins said.

"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates," the statement concluded.

CNN reports that The 17-year-old, a senior in high school, is about five months along, in her second trimester, according to the aide. Reuters reports that Senior McCain campaign officials said McCain knew of the daughter's pregnancy when he selected Palin.

Comments

How about thou shalt not commit fornication?....hence, the temptation will not be made between being pro-life and pro-choice. That should be the core of the debate, avoiding premarital sex and not being pro-life nor pro-choice. How did Sarah Palin allow sexual infidelity into her household? What happened to conservative core principles of premarital sex. Teach a child the law of the lord and he/she will not depart from it. When a child is taught the fear of the Lord or to love the Lord with his/her whole heart,mind and soul, he/she will yearn to please the Lord in all areas of his/her life.

Richard,

Yep, Jesus died for Bristol Palin's sins, too! And yours and mine! God forgives fornication along with every other sin we commit! What a wonderful God we have. He sent His son to perfectly uphold the Law because we couldn't. In Christ we have hope. Without Him, we would all be doomed.

It's important to remember that Sarah Palin is a woman who, while eight months pregnant with a child known to have Downs Syndrome, started leaking amniotic fluid and still chose to ignore it to give a speech; as if that did not demonstrate a dangerous lack of sound judgment, she then chose to take an eight-hour-long flight from Texas to Alaska, followed by a 45-minute drive to a small and relatively ill-equipped hospital in her home town, where her baby was delivered a month premature.

Despite all of this, she returned to work three days after the birth, leaving Trig to the care of his grandmother and teen aged siblings (who have been under their grandmother's care themselves since their mother was elected governor).

Baby's father or not, this child has no business getting married and her parents should recognize that. This is irresponsible behavior that goes far beyond not supporting one's daughter being on birth control and trusting her to make the right choices when her father's job requires him to be absent for weeks at a time and her mother is too busy trying to run a state to raise her own children.

Is this what the Palins and McCains regard as an example of good values?

It's interesting to note that the "liberal blogger" you cite has little or no history on that liberal website, and while the rumormongering spread from there, it seems that there were equal efforts to fight it and defend the Palin family from attacks. It would be as if somebody took my words on this site (a first time poster) as representative of ChristianityToday or "Christian bloggers".

I find this part of the story disturbing also. Reading conservative blogs over the weekend, I noticed that as the rumors spread among the left, many users got more excited that a trap had been laid and stepped into. That there is a distinct possibility that the liberals were deliberately led into a false and base form of gossip by those who claim to be followers of Christ. It's not enough to eliminate sin in your own life if you are actively encouraging it in somebody else's.

We must get the media to fly like locusts into Bristol Palin's private life. We must flood the media with scandal. We must mobilize the religious leaders of the world to condemn this harlot, and then we must force our Faith on the world.

We must take back the White House as soon as it is lost and FORCE GOD ON ALL THE DEGENERATES OF THE WORLD.

We cannot control what our children do. We can only hope to guide them, and teach them to follow the moral code. It is our imperfections that make us human, and I do not believe this reflects negatively on Sarah Palin.

Her daughter chose to keep the child, which takes a certain moral compass in this day and age. If she had chosen to abort the child, chances are, no one would have been the wiser. It is clear to me that all parties involved in this are acting as God would want them to at this point.

I would argue that this child is not a mistake, it is God's will.

I am amazed at some of you who would post such distasteful and self-righteous statements on a Christian website. The bottom-line is that Gov. Palin is an example for conservative women and young ladies who have only had Hillary, Nancy, Madonna, Britney and Angelina as role models. Their message to Bristol Palin would be "just get an abortion." Governor Palin and her daughter have made the right choices in a fallen world and have countered the culture of death in this country.

By Bristol accepting her responsibility demonstrates the character the Word of God has developed in her life. Very much unlike the majority of our teenage daughters in America!

I am very glad that my daughter has a role-model in Governor Palin and can see that even in the best, Christian families, we must continue to battle Satan and our own flesh.

Bless their hearts.
I'm sure those who will speak ill of their daughter or Sarah herself will quickly forget their high school/college days when they were dodging the same bullets with a thin strip of latex. Don't think it can't happen to any one of us.

The difference is that Sarah will keep this baby as would I, but many would choose not to. Choices are choices.

Bless their hearts.
I'm sure those who will speak ill of their daughter or Sarah herself will quickly forget their high school/college days when they were dodging the same bullets with a thin strip of latex. Don't think it can't happen to any one of us.

The difference is that Sarah will keep this baby as would I, but many would choose not to. Choices are choices.

And some of us would argue, John, that if Sarah Palin really is the voice of morality that everyone seems to think she is, she and her husband probably should have been paying attention to what her daughter was doing, where she was doing it and who she was doing it with AND making sure Bristol wasn't having sex at all until she was married.

I cannot believe the hypocrisy I'm hearing from the right on this. If this were happening on the democratic ticket, the right would surely be up in arms over the lack of moral fortitude on the left. I supposed we have all known moral fortitude has nothing to do with politics; it just sounds real nice when running for office.

Double speak, of course. The religious right, with your narrow-minded Christian conservative views will stand on ANY side of the debate as long as it proves your position and power. Had this been the daughter of Obama or Biden, every Christian conservative would have come running with your King James Bibles to fan the flames of their demise. GROW UP - for everyone's sake

In the United States of America, a party's presidential nominee selects a vice-presidential candidate to accompany him or her on the ticket and govern the country. Prospective vice-presidential candidates must undergo thorough evaluation by a team of advisers acting on behalf of the nominee. As a process of the vetting process, the team will examine such items as a prospective vice-presidential candidate's finances, personal conduct, and previous coverage in the media.

Did McCain follow this due-dilligence in a responsible manner with the integrity of the nation in mind?

She doesn't even have control of her children and her household. And she wants to be a heartbeat away from the presidency? Conservative or not, she is a bad choice. Poor McCain-he must be slipping. She needs to go home and take care of her children. Of course we all know that women can do almost anything a man can. But should we? I think not.

Is this a joke? Christians are always trying to control everyone else's lives, but when they screw up it's alright because God forgives them? There is going to be an actual b*stard child being nursed by a 17 year old girl in the White House next year if McCain is President.

If McCain has a severe health issue, like a 5th bout of cancer, and he can't do the job, Sarah Palin is going to be in charge of the country during a time of 2 wars. You really think someone who can't teach her own daughter how not to get pregnant at 17 is able to handle Russia and Iran and Iraq and Osama Bin Ladin?

I honestly don't know how any Christian with any concern for the future of this country could vote for McCain after the pick of Palin for VP.

You know... my family lives in this country too. Not just yours.

Is this a joke? Christians are always trying to control everyone else's lives, but when they screw up it's alright because God forgives them? There is going to be an actual b*stard child being nursed by a 17 year old girl in the White House next year if McCain is President.

If McCain has a severe health issue, like a 5th bout of cancer, and he can't do the job, Sarah Palin is going to be in charge of the country during a time of 2 wars. You really think someone who can't teach her own daughter how not to get pregnant at 17 is able to handle Russia and Iran and Iraq and Osama Bin Ladin?

I honestly don't know how any Christian with any concern for the future of this country could vote for McCain after the pick of Palin for VP.

You know... my family lives in this country too. Not just yours.

Good point, Antq!! And, doesn't this point to the potential lack of concern for the manner in which our country would be governed by Mr. McCain? If Ms. Palin can't keep her HOME in order, can she keep our COUNTRY in order? This is important to consider, if she is truly second in command...

My pastor said a few weeks ago, perhaps a better question than "What would Jesus do?" is "What would Jesus think?" about this situation. After all, Jesus is the only truly clear headed individual that ever lived. I believe, based on Jesus' reaction to those in sin He met in His earthly ministry, is that Jesus would be saddened by this, but nevertheless, show mercy and compassion on this girl. Maybe we should do the same. We do not know the hearts of Sarah Palin or her daughter, Bristol. If this matter has been forgiven by God, what right do we have to stand on our soap boxes and preach away so that we can feel better about ourselves. Maybe ours sins are just harder for others to detect!

I have learned that whenever I judge someone as severely as some of the people have on this site, I often find myself in a similar position later on....and fail miserably when I, myself, am put to the test. I pray that those of your who have shown judgement, condemnation and a lack of mercy will never be put in the same position as the Palin family. Remember, the Bible says, "They will know you are Mine if you LOVE one another."

My father is a Baptist minister. We were always taught, and my father preached from the pulpit, that abortion is a SIN. However, when my sister became pregnant at the age of 17 (coincidence, huh...) my father told her that she didn't have to have the baby -- abortion, in this situation, would have been acceptable. Double-standard? No, just the convenient point of view for that particular situation. Double standards.

I am a mom of 4 kids - 3 of them teenagers, one a pre-teen. We are Christians, we have talked to our children about what we expect of them, we have talked about God's expectations of them, and what sex is for. It worries me that all around us people think of sex as a recreational activity. We have stressed to our children that sex was intended to be between a husband and a wife, and that our expectations of them is that they are pure when they marry at a proper age, to the person that God has planned for them. If all goes well, we will give the glory to God. If it doesn't go as we hope and pray, and they make a mistake, we will give the glory of that new life to God. I hope that we would be able to have the love and support of our family and friends and church to make the right decision for our child. There are only 3 choices in my mind - have our child marry and raise the baby, Adopt the baby as our own, or give it up for adoption. I know that this has been a rough time for the Palin family. I support whatever decision they make. It's a shame that this precious girl has to live out the consequences of her wrong decision in front of the world, but that unfortunately is the nature of politics today. Why would anyone invite that?

Nancy -- I understand your convenient point of view -- did you all show the same compassion for Mr. Clinton's "lack of sexual judgment" with Ms. Lowinski? Where was your LOVE then? Give me a break.

Sandy -- I appreciate your posting -- intelligent and heartfelt. And, I was touched by your last line. "Why WOULD anyone invite that?" I wonder just how much Sarah Palin's family matters to her, when she would put this situation in front of the world just to achieve this political situation. Unfortunate. I don't think this shows good judgment. And, I do wish them well -- it's going to be more difficult than they imagine.

Thank you Sandy, those words echo my thoughts.

I don't think the Palin's really understood what kind of scrutiny the vice president and her family would be under. I think the onus of this falls on John McCain and his advisers, who apparently knew about the daughter's situation but said nothing and let it come out in a way to make liberals look bad. Liberals will look bad regardless, why did they feel it was right to use the Palin's like this? It disgusts me. There's no way I can vote for Obama because of his stance on abortion, but I don't feel that McCain is a better choice. I'm tired of having to choose between two evils in politics when I just don't want to choose evil at all.

Mollie,

Do you also remember that Jesus died for Bill Clinton too?

Republicans and conservatives, thy name is hypocrisy.
Abstinence does not work. Pseudo-family values don't work. If this had happened to either of the Democratic presidential or VP families, the virulent critics of the moralizing right would be attacking. There is a difference among Democrats who seem to realize that we are all flawed human beings. They are willing to fund the social programs for teen/unmarried mothers, children with syndromes and other special needs, prenatal care, sex education (the real kind), etc...

I have been reading other blogs. A lot of the blogs are saying that she should have been paying more attention to her family and then this wouldn't have happened. First of all, I stayed home with my kids or worked off hours as long as we could afford it. I now work full time outside the home. We do what we have to do to raise our family's. Some jobs take up more time that others. That's why it ideally takes a mother and father to raise a family. Anyhow, I'm sure the past few years of Sarah Palin's life have been very busy, and will be even busier from now on. I don't know how often she gets to spend time with her family, I don't know if they travel with her or not. What I do know is that this is the double standard I see. A lot of people feel that women can do the same job as men, can achieve the same goals, can do it all - raise a family and work, while keeping the house in order and balancing the checkbook. I don't get why some of those same people that say that women can do anything are now saying the Sarah Palin shouldn't run for VP because she is neglecting her family. Are they saying that teenagers never get pregnant when their mothers stay at home? Is it ok if she has a job, just not one that's that important? Should people running for office only run if they have no kids, or if they have already raised their kids, or should only men run for office while their wives stay home? Who are we to make these judgments on other people's lives?

I am a Conservative, I am a Republican. I am not a hypocrite. I stress the importance of not having sex until they are married to my children. I talk with them often about their relationships, their friends, and others. I realize that we are not perfect, neither are our kids. My husband and I both feel that if we don't let our kids know that our expectations of them are to not have sex until they are married - and yes, it has been done before, then they may make the wrong assumption and listen to all those around them who are saying that kids will be kids, and that they will do it anyway. My kids might. I pray they won't, but I also talk to them and stay involved in their lives as much as I can. We do teach abstinence in our home, but shocking as it may be, kids don't always listen to their parents.

While I respect the comments regarding Gov.Palin'.s personal family tragedy, when one accepts the nomination of Vice President of our country her family becomes ours.Her naive assumption that this would remain a family matter shows that she has no clue as to what rough seas she is sailing into. If this is an example of her level of intelligence and understanding of the world stage she marching on to, we should all be very afraid.

This is just another of Satan's tests and we should all be so proud of Bristol. She has chosen to have this child and bring her up in a Christian family. I'm sure if this had been one of Obama's daughters she would have chosen murder. Praise the Lord it was Bristol! Although she made a small mistake (probably the boy's fault) she has passed a much more difficult test. O'bama is already responsible for millions of abortion murders. I am so proud of Sarah for raising such a fine Christian daughter. We need more people like her who are willing to sacrifice to solve our countries greatest sin!

GreatGrandmother-
It still takes two people to have sex. So I it all can't be the boy's fault. Lol

Mary,

Our greatest sin in this country is HYPOCRISY, next to it is CAPITALISM. Strange enough all the sins that our Lord dealt with in the scripture he showed compassion but when it came to these two sins, merchants in the temple and hypocrisy of the religious right of his times, he was visibly angry. We also need to be very angry at the present day hypocrises and dollar-centered sermons of our times.
Do not get me wrong I am not against riches. I serve a wealthy God whose riches are immeasurable and he desires for me to prosper in all things and be free from the reins of mammon.

What person of FAMILY VALUES commits to a grueling 16 hour a day work schedule with a special needs child and a pregnant child? The Rupublican way "out source"? True family values is putting ones ambitions aside for ones family.

Saying don't have sex and turning a blind eye doesn't work. Having true family values is educating ones child.

And now -- picture Bristol the daughter of a DEMOCRATIC VP candidate -- look different to you? Probably...

It’s sad that people in today’s society can equate a Christian with being republican. The cruel and slimy remark one blogger left stating if this situation had of been one of Obama’s daughters she would have chosen murder. Some that are professing Christianity are sometimes no better than the Pharisee in Christ time. As Christ states, “You hypocrites, Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.” It reminds me as Christ goes on to say, these people are blind guides, if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit. Within the book of Proverbs it states there are six things the LORD hates seven that are detestable to him: A man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Did you see how Barack Obama responded? He is the perfect example of how a Christian should act. I applaud him for his stance on this matter.

Thank you, Jenna and John -- well stated!

I certainly hope this doesn't become an issue in the campaign. Look the girl made a mistake, but the good thing is that she's stepping up and taking responsibility for that mistake. And apparently so is the father. We should not judge her and just love her as best we can and I would say that no matter who was the parent of the girl.

I certainly hope the media doesn't go wild on this. If one of us or one of our kids had made thie mistake at that age, it would be a statistic, she doesn't deserve to be ripped on cause of who her mother is. I'm not an Obama supporter but Jenna is right. Obama is handling this in a very respectful manner by just saying the families are off limits.

The pregnancy of Palin's daugher has nothing to do with her ability to morally govern. Speaking from the heart I would hate to be judged based on those things some of my familiy members have done. I am not them, I am me.

Hi Kirk!

I agree with you - this has nothing to do with Sarah's ability to govern.

I do hope, however, that this issue brings attention to the need for sex education on some level.

While abstinence programs taught at home are key; there is a need to teach safe sex to our children. These programs don't promote sex, it's obviously happening anyway. It just gives our children the tool to make better decisions.

Kirk,

I don't think this has much to do with Palin's ability either, except for showing some naivete about the kind of world that's outside Alaska. It does reflect poorly on McCain. If the campaign knew about this in the beginning, then they knew that it would come out, why would they let these events unfold the way they did and not say anything to head off attacks? I still haven't gotten a clear answer on that and it just looks to me like they were trying to use this to dupe liberals into gossip at the expense of a girl who made a mistake. What other reason would they have for keeping a lid on this? They know that the same level of privacy we enjoy is not possible for a national politician. It was a deliberate set-up. I can't in any way condone this.

This entire family both needs and deserves our PRAYERS, not our JUDGEMENT. I feel that Mrs. Palin needs to re-evaluate her priorities. I have some issue with her having five children and being one step away from the harrowing job of running a country as the job is SO DEMANDING. As a mother, your child's well-being SHOULD be number one. I don't feel that it's humanly possible for all of those children to get the care they need and deserve with their Mom so busy. Adding a new baby to the mix, regardless of the circumstances is HUGE. Regardless of what society says, those kids deserve more time from Mom. I was an unwed young mother (who accepted Jesus as my savior at 30) and it was so hard. If my parents hadn't been so readily available, I know both my daughter and I would have suffered. Just a few words for thought...

This entire family both needs and deserves our PRAYERS, not our JUDGEMENT. I feel that Mrs. Palin needs to re-evaluate her priorities. I have some issue with her having five children and being one step away from the harrowing job of running a country as the job is SO DEMANDING. As a mother, your child's well-being SHOULD be number one. I don't feel that it's humanly possible for all of those children to get the care they need and deserve with their Mom so busy. Adding a new baby to the mix, regardless of the circumstances is HUGE. Regardless of what society says, those kids deserve more time from Mom. I was an unwed young mother (who accepted Jesus as my savior at 30) and it was so hard. If my parents hadn't been so readily available, I know both my daughter and I would have suffered. Just a few words for thought...

I'm a Democrat and a Christian (yes it happens a lot in Athens, GA)
I have four children, my second diagnosed with autism at 18 months, Staying in constant contact with God through prayer and meditation, I always understood how important it was to stay home with my children.
Does Sarah hear a different God than I do? The first few years of a special needs child are the most important as far as future outcome. Who will be raising this baby? The same Mother who raised Bristol?
I believe all of God's people should have health insurance, not my sister, a big Republican, she told me recently, if a child a child breaks a leg and the parents are too poor or stupid to have coverage
they should be forced to watch that child suffer without care, that will teach them not to have children they can't afford. I don't understand that form of Christianity.
Democrats can be pro-life, we just don't feel that you can legistrat
morality...that's what they do in Iran/Iraq, we bring folks to Christ by example, not force.

We would all like our children to wait...wait until they are emotionally mature enough, financially independent, and in love before they become involved in a sexual relationship. But, we all have unique life experiences that challenge us in ways that no one else is really in a position to judge.

Many women who were sexually active in their teens now regret that they didn't wait. Some deal with that regret by advocating abstinence only teaching. In this day of HIV, HPV, and images of sexuality that bombard them hundreds of time a day, how can we fail to teach our children how to protect themselves? It is not just irresponsible, it is immoral. It is abdicating our parental responsibilities in order to please people who do not have our best interest or the best interest of our children at heart.

I feel deeply for Bristol and all that she now faces. Being sure that she marries to "make right" a poor decision is not the only answer. The child could be given up for adoption. Unwed mothers-to-be have that option.

The thing that leaves a huge question mark in my mind is not the Palin's family's response to the information being made public. I question the veracity of the statement that John McCain knew in advance of choosing Sarah Palin for VP. It feels like a desparate man in the political fight of his life is trying to convince the nation that the situation was okay by him. He's lying about his knowing ahead of time!! Does he truly think we are as naive as that? Seriously!! If it wasn't a factor in his choosing Palin, why wasn't the information dealt with directly and immediately???

what kind of woman would leave her 4 month old INFANT with downs syndrome and abondon her 17 daughter whom is 5 months pregnant to hit the campaign trail for 2 very intense months. A over ambitious, self centered one. She should have turned down McCains request because she should have know her young 17 year old daughter would be thrust into the limelight, at a time when she needs her mother the most. These aren't the kind of family values I espouse and it just disgusts me.

Four observations. 1. if we all examined our closets for improprieties committed by ourselves or close relatives, either on the record or off, we would find that none of us are suitable for office if we had to be elected by bloggers. 2. What was it that Jesus said to those that would stone the harlot? "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". 3. Most people have big mouths and no grace to give to those that make mistakes or have children that make mistakes, until they experience it in their own lives. 4. Given that last thought... what goes around, comes around. Condemn and......

amazing that people even care about this... it has absolutely no impact on politics, palin is still has a very positive reputation for fighting corruption and changing ones vote because her daughter is pregnant is obscene and just being a well.. being a baby.

I find it odd that the family values party has shown an total lack of it. Where is the outrage of the Catholics who want abstinance tought? How can Gov. Palin lead when she can not lead her daughter? And how could the parents wait to get there duaghter married? Will they be as cold as they are to their son going to serve in Iraq? When V.P. Palin was asked about the Iraq War she gave a two paragraph answer. Where the first paragraph was only about drilling oil. The second was about her son. What mother would care first about oil drilling over her son's safety? And as V.P. she is clueless to Sen. Mccain's war plans, she said endless war, and it is up to John on his war plans.

Just make sure you Vote Hussein Obama.

Richard writes:

"Mollie,

Do you also remember that Jesus died for Bill Clinton too?"

Yep, Bill Clinton too!

And even you!

One thing that I do think is important to remember is that Christians believe that repentance and accountability is key. Sometimes I think people are confused by Christians' varying reactions to sin.

One key distinction is whether the sinner in question is repentant.

Anyway, glad to see the misogynistic hacks are spewing their bile for Palin still.

Seriously, I hope that more Leftists join Obama in denouncing this disgusting rhetoric coming from the left.

It's horrific.

Make sure you vote Hussein Obama 2008

I am amazed at you people who think that if her mother had been at home and paying attention, then this would not have happened. What planet are you people living on? You talk to your children, you pray for your children that they will listen to you. Sometimes things happen that are out of our control, and yes I believe we have all forgotten what it was like to be 17 years old. A girl that went to the same christian school as my children got pregnant her senior year. Her father was a decon of the church. Yes, it was hard on every one. But you know what, she got her GED, went to college got a masters degree and is still married to the same guy and the sky did not fall! Our children need to know that we are there for them all of the time. They are going to make mistakes and God willing we will help them thru it. You people who insist on spewing your hate, go to another website and vent your anger.

He who is without sin cast the first stone.

They came together as a family. That is honorable.

He who is without sin cast the first stone.

They came together as a family. That is honorable.

He who is without sin cast the first stone.

They did the right thing by coming together as a family. That is honorable.

John McCain, Sarah Palin, her husband, and the entire Republican party needs a reality check. I am a Christian and stron supporter of feminism. Women should have the right to do anything they want to do.

Somehow, there seems to be too many instances of poor judgment being exercised in the Republican party at present.

I feel sick and sorry that McCain has made this choice. Sarah Palin may have been an excellent choice during another time when our country was not facing such peril.

I say, go home Sarah and take care of your children. Exercise family values for us to see. You can run with Hillary in eight years. In the interim, make sure no more of your kids get in trouble and by all means, teach them, educate them, about abstinence or how to use birth control.

Speaking as a teenage girl, John, I wouldn't tell Bristol to "just get an abortion" unless that was what she felt she should do. I personally would never abort my child, no matter what the situation (and I'm not even christian!) but it's not my choice to make for other women, and I wouldn't begin to pretend that I can understand and anticipate every possible circumstance.

I'm more than a little dismayed that you feel you can lump my entire generation under the category of brainless, bleach-blonde Hollywood suburbanites, particularly when most students at my high school are diligent students and passionately political. Please, think twice next time you base an entire argument on the assumption that we're all trying to be the next Britney Spears.

As for the topic at hand, I respect whatever course Bristol decides to take in her life; beyond that, I pass no judgment. My dislike for Sarah Palin is based purely on the fact that my views on social and economic issues are practically the polar opposite of hers. That she raised a daughter who makes severe errors in judgment pales next to the fact that she raised a daughter who does her best to own up to them.

At first I determined that I would not vote for McCain because of the stupidity of the war in Iraq. Now I have a second reason: he has incredibly poor judgment.

I know he picked Palin as his VP because it would please evangelicals, but did he at all consider that she has entirely too much baggage to assist in running this country? She is not campaigning to be office manager, she wants to be vice president, for goodness' sake!

Our families must come first--not our careers or aspirations. It is clear that Ms. Palin has put her own aspirations above the needs of her family. She has way too many problems of her own to be the next VP. She needs to gracefully step down and re-evaluate her priorities. The baby with Down's Syndrome needs her and so does the daughter who is expecting a baby. This is not a time for her to be in the national spotlight.

While he's using her simply to gain votes, it's especially troubling that she's allowing this to be done at any cost, even if it means placing her family under the scrutiny of a very unkind and uncaring media and then hoping that people will be turned off by liberals who will most certainly criticize both of them for their lack of good judgment.

I have never seen so many Christian hypocrites in all of my life! Someone calling herself a GreatGrandmother had the audacity to say" "This is just another of Satan's tests and we should all be so PROUD of Bristol."

Lady, are you for real? And then in the next breath, you talk about Obama's children committing murder. You're really pathetic!

Palin and all your Christians are weakings

You can break any rule and it will be forgiven by God. You born-agains are bunch of losers. Become a Catholic or Buddist or something.

You scream murder when others break the same rule and when you break it, it is OK. That is what is wrong with Christians. Have some hard rules.

I too wonder why Sara Palin choose to put her daughter through a very public scrutiny on a very private matter. Even though both sides have said “The children are off limits”, questions of judgment and maybe even legality are raised. How old is the father? How old was Bristol when she got pregnant (16 is too young in AK for consent unless both are 16) I respect Sara’ ability to make a difference and choose what right in politics, I don’t respect when that is at the expense of a family. The family always comes first, sure there are times you have to juggle, but it appears her ambition is a higher priority. As great as an opportunity is to serve this nation and be a heartbeat away from the most powerful office , Sara is young and will have a life time of political opportunity. Her daughter did not need a national spotlight on her poor choices. The father of the baby does not need a public spotlight on his choices. They need adults in their lives who will guide and counsel them privately with the loving word of God’s will. When I would really respect Sara Palin, is when she says, I need to take care of my family and puts’ her national ambitions on hold. Families make tough choices….. this is one of them.

Did Bristol go to public school and sit next to her boyfriend in the Planned Parenthood classes? Did they learn how to apply a condom together? Did they watch the government supported planned parenthood site for teens, "Take Care Down There" that suggests even group sex? Do you believe some influences can be greater than the influence at home? Do you believe at school the influence of numerous adults as well as friends can overrule the desires of parents? Do you believe that the familiarity of subjecting young hormonal teens to graphic sexual information, such as this PP site, with no encouragement or reasons to abstain can lead them into temptation to involve themselves in some type of sexual behavior while believing there is "safe sex?"

It's good to see that the abstinence-only method of teaching worked so well in Palin's own home. Of course we should make it the standard in the schools.

I'm simply appalled that McCain would choose the mother of a pregnant daughter as his running mate. Yes, it is a family matter, and no we should not pick this appart in the media. And yet, I do not want an example of this happy family with it's unwed mother, her hasty, shotgun wedding, and the birth of this child for my children to see all over the media in a few months. It screams that sex is ok as long as you are "planning to marry the father." Why, in these months of pregnancy hasn't the wedding taken place? Seems that the wedding has bloomed because of the vice-presidential pick. Doesn't this party have anyone who will run with McCain without having to choose a mother who is neglecting her children? The Palin's may be waving the Christian flag, but this is surely not a Christian family I want running my country. How very sad for the party and this young girl. She needed her mother months ago. Go home, Sarah, and care for you children!

Goodness, gracious.

She's 17. Regardless of the strictness of one's household and regardless of the quality of parenting, teens will do what teens want to do. It hardly means that her mother is a terrible person or an inept politician (though she surely won't get my vote).

I'm certain Bristol is a sweet girl who had a case of raging hormones. Personally, I think she'd be better of eliminating the pregnancy... or at the very least, foregoing marraige (which I'm certain will fail- no 17 year old is ready for that step.)

Premarital sex happens to good, christian kids as frequently as it happens to the so-called bad-apples. Trying to put the "fear of god" into a teen is really unproductive, and while helpful in some battles, the "abstinence only because premarital sex is bad" arguments will never win the whole war: We'd be much better off discussing birth control options and risky behavior with today's youth as a means to reducing unwanted pregnancies such as Bristol's.

Have these kids ever heard of condoms? Or better yet: Plan B.

You "religious rights" just blow my mind.

McCain and his campaign have made a cynical, desperate decision in choosing Palin. His judgment is stupendously poor; his willingness to put his party's ambitions ahead of this nation's security and prosperity is breathtaking in its lack of courage and insight.

Palin and her husband have made completely selfish, personally ambitious and neglectful decisions in her running for Governor and now for VicePresident. Their family is paying the consequences. Since they have made such stunningly poor decisions regarding what is best for their children, they have knowingly exposed their daughter to the harsh limelight of political (and malicious) scrutiny. They announced her pregnancy today to get SARAH off the hook politically, from the gross rumors spreading. Such callous ambition should not be rewarded.

Shame on them. And God help their children. And GOD help the U.S. if McCain/Palin win this election! We will all be at risk.

Any of you who use your political party for a platform for the 'right' should consider the inability of Palin to manage her own family, much less this country - that is in your terms of Right versus Left. Do not kid yourselves for one minute here. McCain had NO idea of this pregnancy, or he would not have selected her. He calls Palin his soul mate, after meeting her only once? This was a desperate attempt to grab a woman, any woman, in hopes of gaining Hillary supporters - and you women, the extreme 'Right'. And, it has backfired in the sense that he and Palin should not even have your support following this announcement if you are 'true' to your staunch beliefs. The Right are so busy judging the left, who only want better things for the general public over the rich and corporate 'workers' in this country. Oil men over the common man. Take an honest look at Obama and this election - listen with your hearts over your incessant need to be on the 'Right'. If this had happened to a Democrat, you know you would have never stopped judging her... I am not judging her. I am simply saying 'How truly ironic, that you so far on the right are truly not as 'pure' as you make yourselves out to be, as you judge this election, and most likely a man solely on the basis of his color... so sadly ironic. So sadly ironic.

I agree with you Mary (about ten posts ago). As well as John - who stated the act of humility that Obama is practicing. Talk about taking the high road and NOT pointing fingers when it is not hard to do. Because, provided it was Obama's or Biden's family - the compassion would be completely zero. So I applause his humble and mature view on this. Very respectful.

Going back to Mary's comment... Palin has a pregnant 17 yr old daughter and a special needs infant yet she's agreed to take this time consuming, INTERNATIONAL, VERY PUBLIC, IN THE SPOT LIGHT position. This is where I have a problem. Not only is she preaching CONSERVATIVISM and SHOUTING FAMILY VALUES, this now very public situation (that she knew about before agreeing to VP) is effecting her very own young child, and highlighting into the media teen pregnancy and un-wed pregnancy rates which are rising (also 'celebritized').

Palin has truly offended me and does not represent the ideals and morals of the US. She has put her desires to be VP over her children... THAT ARE MINORS! That's not family values. And it saddens me that her 'pride and joy' - her kids - have to take second place. How can you deliberately place your child in this focus - put her under this scrutiny? Palin couldn't have waited four more years. Actually twenty, she has an infant that demands tender care, not to mention he has extra needs that must be met.

"We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates,"

Well, I would ask Sarah Palin to respect my privacy in regards to my sex life and my body.

It sure is easy to talk the talk, but walking the walk is difficult isnt it?

Sarah Palin is a selfish woman. Not only has she abandoned her commitment as a mother to her Downs baby in favor of a career, she has also chosen to run for VP knowing full well that it would shine a spot life on her teenaged daughter's failing.

Wow, there are so many comments on this post, when other posts containing meatier substance have none. I guess it just shows that Christians enjoy the tabloids as much as everyone else.

You can raise your kids the best you can, but at the end of the day, they are going to make their own choices. My father was abusive, but whether or not I turn out the same way is my choice. In other words, my choices are on my head, not on my dad's. Or take my mother for example. She's a very strong Christian, but THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT I'M PERFECT. In the same way, for all we know, Gov. Palin did her best to instill in her children traditional Christian values, such as sexual abstinence. However, people sin. They mess up. Nobody's perfect. Besides, actually read your Bible and ask yourself the question, "Which sin does God hate the most?" Believe it or not, it's not sexual sin. It's pride. Did you have that one highlighted? Probably not.

With that in mind, Richard, please get over yourself. Jesus doesn't love you more than he loves Bristol Palin. At the end of the day, you both deserve to burn in Hell for your sins. The fact that you won't has nothing to do with you, but God's grace.

And Justin, Hussein Obama? Really? I'm a Republican who really, really doesn't want Barack Obama to be the next president. But he's not a Muslim. Grow up.

Sarah Palin is devoted to her children, while at the same time having a job. What is so surprising about that? She has a wonderful family support system, as well.

And as for Bristol - parents cannot lock their teens up or follow them around constantly. They do grow up, and begin to drive, AWAY, at 16, and to become independent of their parents. Even with the best upbringing, church home, and good teaching, teenagers will still find ways to experiment and to do things that we would not have them do. We ALL fall short of the glory of God. No one is perfect - no, not one. Even the best teenagers from the best Christian homes get themselves into messes like this, or worse. Don't condemn the Palin's - they did their job. Bristol was the one who made the choices that she did. She is now learning the consequences of those choices, and it won't be an easy road for her.

Don't cast the first stone until you look around in your own life and in your own family. There's probably something there that is sinful...or else, you're Jesus himself!

I am glad that a NEW DAY has Come...Yes Lord!!! Thank you Jesus! We have a woman running for VP on the Republican ticket in 2008 and she has children and she has a daughter Bristol and her soon to be son-n-law decided to have SEX. Now all you self-righteous want to pontificate about the efficacy of parenting and what the nameless young man and Bristol decided to do...Just like YOU Did when you were 17 or even younger or older. And in fact some on you are doing it right now. It is just that your stuff is done in the dark but if all the stuff you did hit the screen you would tip away and hide under a rock.

All ya'll need to stop thinking that you are Perfect! There are no perfect people. ProLife-ProChoice...you choose and you decide what you will tell God when you see God...so what I am so glad that now of you Self-Righteous Christians are God! If God did not want people to have SEX then why did God make SEX so much fun? Why did God not make SEX like cutting your fingernails? Why did God not place your nose at your fifth lumbar? Why does God allow people to SIN and choose to repent, and say the Prayer of Faith and still fall short of the Glory of God but God is a Good God and God is Just, and patient, and long suffering, and kind, and casts your Sins and mine into the Sea of Forgetfulness...but your good Christian friends will never forget nor forgive and in fact they do not even want you to forget!

WWJD...I will tell you what Jesus would do...Jesus would point beyond Jesus Self to the Father who is in Heaven who is Alpha and Omega, who stepped out on nothing and called to nothing saying "Let there be and there was..." That God who is beyond all anthropormorphism, who is not Sante Klaus making a list and checking it twice...who has said "goodness and mercy shall follow you..." Oh to know Him...just to know Him in the fellowship of His Suffering, his bleeding Heart and His Blessed Forgiveness...if you really knew Him you would not point your plastic finger at people because as long as you compare yourself to other people you will always come out on top but if you happen to compare yourself to Jesus...(well you know the rest)

See you can go to church and remain the same but you will never meet God and remain unchanged. Some of ya'll have not suffered enough because when you have austricized, marginalized, kicked to the curb, and treated lower than dirt then you will take your condemning, self righteous attitude and leave it at the altar as a sacrifice begging mercy and forgiveness like old mighty King David where he said, "Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit..." Some of ya'll need to pray that prayer and repent for attempting to pass judgment on God's Creation...You are not God...if you cannot help people at least do not hurt them!

I am praying your strength in the Lord Jesus Christ...I pray that you really get to know God deeper than the Bible...in Relationship because God is still speaking. Some of us quote the Bible like it is finished. But God is a Spirit and those that Worship God must Worship God in Spirit and in Truth. And the truth of the matter regaarding the book is that we have no original text at all. All we have are copies of copies of copies... So many people quote the Bible and regard the book so highly that we engage in Bibliolatry...that is we make an idol of the bible...where we worship the book more than Whom the book speaks of...

Check yourself before you wreck yourself...You Ain't Perfect and Your Sho Ain't God! Read Hosea 4:6, James 5:20, Proverbs 3, Deuteronomy 3, 8. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God, Micah 6:8

Well, maybe Bristol can find some good parents for the 'accidental child' (errr what's a condom again? where do you get one of them thangs?), just like Juno did!

Mollie,

That is the hypocrisy we are talking about. When a "conservative" is criticised it becomes a "disgusting rhetoric from the left". When the table is turned around it becomes "the works of Satan from a liberal world".

It is sad a child having a child, where was MOTHER? Mother's first duty is to her family, her husband,children..this is a shame...
Palin has a down child that needs her..she should stay at home and leave the state problems to someone who does not have the burdens she has.

I think many of you are missing a bigger point. Morality and religious beliefs aside, Bristol Palin is 5 months pregnant. She is 17 now. When did she turn 17? What is the age of consent in Alaska. What is the age of the father, and did he hold any position of authority over Palin, i.e., a supervisor, counselor, lay leader (no pun intended!). Is he more than 3 years her senior? Did he use the internet or a computer to entice, plan or arrange any meetings with Bristol for the purpose of having sexual contact. If so, She may be a victim of statutory rape or abuse and as such, and as a self-labeled conservative and an elected official who is sworn to uphold the laws of Alaska, Sarah Palin and her husband should be intent on enforcing the laws of Alaska, which are intended to protect all young women such as Bristol Palin, whether they intend to marry now that thye dee in done, or not. Regardless of Bristol's personal situation, there is a larger issue of the law as deterence and punitive justice here, unless the Palins think those laws should be waived in their case . . . I'd like to know what others think. Any lawyers or prosecutors out there who are familiar with Alaska jurisprudence? I haven't seen anything about the father yet, other than they intend to marry and raise the baby together. Bristol seems to be wearing a scarlet letter alone at this point.

God or no God let's get one thing straight: Every day we take actions that alter our lives! Hopefully most of us and our teenagers are being educated enough to understand what s-e-x is and what happens on a baseline physiological level when you have it (puhleeze--sex is a pleasureable act that can and should be done safely for all parties involved! When I was 17 I used condoms-yes, as someone referenced, that thin latex barrier that actually works 99% of the time if used correctly, and I never got pregnant, and I am an upstanding, honorable, citizen, with an advanced degree thankyouverymuch).

It is our responsibility to educate our citizens about the birds and the bees and to decriminalize the use of birth control in the uber-religious world. Around the world there are so many unwanted children, so many starving children, so many mishandled children, why must we be so selfish as to propagate these innocent lives of struggle? It sounds to me that the Palins have some misguided values-- welcoming children who will have VERY challenging futures (i.e. Downs syndrome! teenage parents without college educations!) just to say they are being good Christians. Sounds like they have some very unsound principles if, as a Christian, they intend to be good people, and not put other people in bad positions. A child with a developmental disorder will have a lifetime of uphill challenges. A child of young/unwed/undereducated parents is going to have uphill challenges. The Palins are clearly an irresponsible family, a bad example for teenagers across the country.

Love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, charity. Bristol is not evil. But I would question the super wealthy who have forgotten that "it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven" Matthew 19:24. A Christian is as a Christian does, who do you think JESUS would have been more bothered by? Bristol, or politicians that have power who don't care about the poor children and sick children in America, or the children Americans have killed in Iraq (we never hear those statistics - collateral damage means people are KILLED)? Pro-life shouldn't be only about abortion, if you are pro-life you should have compassion for actual children and not just fetuses. Thankfully, some writing here have remembered something about compassion and forgiveness, the others who are so condemning give Christians a bad name.

Love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, charity. Bristol is not evil. But I would question the super wealthy who have forgotten that "it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven" Matthew 19:24. A Christian is as a Christian does, who do you think JESUS would have been more bothered by? Bristol, or politicians that have power who don't care about the poor children and sick children in America, or the children Americans have killed in Iraq (we never hear those statistics - collateral damage means people are KILLED)? Pro-life shouldn't be only about abortion, if you are pro-life you should have compassion for actual children and not just fetuses. Thankfully, some writing here have remembered something about compassion and forgiveness, the others who are so condemning give Christians a bad name.

What a field day conservatives had with Clinton. Oh how much money and energy was spent to bring him down. What a frenzy of moral indignation. Well, the bar was definitely lowered and now it's OK to drag people's personal lives through the mud. So conservatives, don't whine to much because it's come back to bite you on the you know what! There IS no different rule for Democrats and Republicans, except that unlike conservatives during the Clinton years Obama is taking the high ground and resisting slinging mud.

I am a Republican, single mother,(divorced),christian etc. an I am appalled! So many of you wish th say that this is not relevent to the political situation but I beg to differ. Brittany who I might add not only Married but Had her Children, Jamie Lynn Spears, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, etc. none of them have a private life! Even their underwear or lack of have been filmed, discussed laid bare to the entire world! These young women and many More have been held up as Role Models for our children and every act has been subject to public opinion. Bristol Palin perhaps due to her mothers decisions will now be the same! Yes it is a private matter but this childs situation will be splashed ALL OVER THE WORLD! I have a 16 year old daughter! I talk to her daily pray with her nightly and angonize over here privately! I do not feel that we need a role model like this in the white house for our young women! I don't want to judge this young woman but if this were really a private matter her parents would not have put her in this situation. Pray for her yes put her in the White House? No.........

I think many of you are missing a bigger point. Morality and religious beliefs aside, Bristol Palin is 5 months pregnant now. What is the age of consent in Alaska? She is 17 now. When did she turn 17? When did they start having sexual contact? What is the age of the father, and did he hold any position of authority over Bristol Palin, i.e., a supervisor, counselor, lay leader (no pun intended!)? Is he more than 3 years her senior? Did he use the internet or a computer to entice, plan or arrange any meetings with Bristol for the purpose of having sexual contact? If so, she may be a victim of statutory rape or abuse. As a self-labeled conservative and an elected official who is sworn to uphold the laws of Alaska, Sarah Palin and her husband should be intent on enforcing the laws of Alaska, which are intended to protect all young women such as Bristol Palin, whether they intend to marry now that the deed is done, or not. Regardless of Bristol's personal situation, there is a larger issue of the law as deterence and punitive justice here, unless the Palins think those laws should be waived in their case . . . I'd like to know what others think. Any lawyers or prosecutors out there who are familiar with Alaskan jurisprudence? I haven't seen anything about the father yet, other than that they intend to marry and raise the baby together. Bristol seems to be wearing a scarlet letter alone at this point.

Good for Bristol! Bristol, if you read this blog, my advice is have sex with a woman you may like it, and God will forgive you for that too!

I don't care whether you are Republican or a Democrat. But if you say you are a Christian then the candidate you choose should be one that aligns with the Word of God. The Bible clearly states that Homosexuality is an ABOMINATION unto the Lord. That means that it literally makes Him sick! The Bible also says that "He formed me in my mother's womb" and that "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Those two issues alone tell me that I cannot support a candidate that thinks those issues are okay. The Bible says that you are either hot or cold, those of you who are lukewarm, the Bible says "He will spue you out of His mouth". Each one of us is a sinner saved only by HIS GRACE, not our own. WE HAVE ALL SINNED! The Bible also says that no sin is greater than any other. So, if you are a male and you looked upon another female today in lust, your sin is no greater than the sin of Bristol Palin. I applaud her for confessing her mistake to her parents and not going behind their back and terminating this pregnancy. She and her family have a rough road ahead, but God ALWAYS reward His Faithful.

We, as people of God, are not to judge. And I admire a true gentleman like Mr. Obama. He represents the kind of clear thinking we need in the White House. He clearly took the high road and said enough, don't go after families and don't go after our children.

What I haven't heard from Palin is that her daughter made a bad decision in pre-marital sex. The McCain camp makes it sound like its ok to have children out of wed-lock. But this is about making decisions for the right reasons, and my friends, this is not the right reason to marry.

The discussion around this issue is more about the poor judgement of McCain and Sarah Palin than it is about if a pregnant 17 year old. If we are to believe that McCain knew all of this prior to choosing Palin, he must have been willing to use her and her family - warts and all - to try to attract certain voters. In the end, Palin must have known of her daughter's situation and choose anyway to put her daughter and the baby's father in the storm of American politics. It is my understanding that Palin's children did not even know they were on their way to Ohio to have their mother introduced as the VP nominee. Imagine this poor 17 year old suddenly realizing that her pregnancy would soon be known by the world?!? I ache for her!
This is when a mother's ambition has trumped her common sense and duty as a mother. Couple this with her choice to abandon the daily needs of her special needs infant son to run for VP. McCain and Palin have exposed their true colors - win at all costs - even if it costs children the love and attention of their mother!

Are some of the denigrating, self-righteous comments below from Christians? That saddens me. While Governor Palin's daughter made a mistake, I can't imagine Jesus responding in the same way that people such as Richard and others have (consider the woman caught in adultery). Perhaps the reason so many people reject Christ is because we don't let him show through us in our responses to those who may not live the way we had hoped they would. Thankfully, our faith is founded on mercy and grace. How about some for this family?

What really upsets me is that Gov Palin put her ambition to take the VP job above her daughters privacy, She knew the press would have a field day with this. yet she selfishly accepted anyway. Talk about someone with poor decision abilities and moral decay! You don't want someone like her being a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Jimi and Kris -- I agree, Palin's decision to carry on with her VP ambition, KNOWING all the while it would expose her daughter to the media circus is unconscionable. How could a mother do that? And surprise her with it, besides...

There will be more news on Palin. "Troopergate" has only just begun. If you read the Anchorage and Fairbanks newspapers, you can see how questionable her skills and judgment are. Certainly her treatment of her family is clear evidence of poor judgment. She's a GOP pawn, McCain's last-ditch effort to give his candidacy a fighting chance, and her children AND this country are at tremendous risk should the GOP win 2008.

I agree with the poster who is Democrat and pro-life. You can't legislate morality. Further, you can't invite the Government into your doctor's offices, your bedrooms or your personal computers without eroding the very foundations this once-great, now floundering country was created on -- people of all faiths (and no faiths) must have the personal integrity and courage to turn our country around and not become the personal pawns to the pols and special interest groups, who have no interest in any one single issue, but are interested in their own status and wealth.

Palin is just one more example (who said, sad, ironic? well put) of the worst kind of political pandering and manipulation to make ordinary Americans think somehow that this candidate is "on their side"...let's not buy it. Let's think for ourselves.

Not that it matters but the boyfriend's(baby daddy) alleged myspace has been posted on several forums and is said to be black, and is into hip hop real hard and everything. So I guess this blows out the water that republicans are racist and that Trig is the Bristol's child. If she likes black boys then the 5 month old would be biracial looking. If this is indeed true, then I would say the Palin family is definitely about "change" also.

Let those of us who were perfectly chaste during our high school years cast the first stone.

When I became a mother, I stayed home with my child. I'm a full time mother, because I know that it is my job to raise my child (and any future children) in this world, love them, guide them. I love being a mother & I love being home with my child.

Could this be the situation here? Often teen age mothers get pregnant because their self esteem is low, or because they want somebody to love them or pay attention to them. Teens mix up sex with love, and teen girls who have been neglected often want to have a baby of their own so someone will love them back. I cannot help but think that this pregnancy is a cry for love and attention from Mrs. Palin's daughter. ANd if her mother dosn't pay attention to her now, how will her daughter feel? JUST HORRIBLE!!!

While I cannot tell anyone what to do with her life, I would think, that at this time, Mrs. Palin needs to be with her family: her pregnant daughter and her infant baby son with Down Syndrome. These children need their mother!!! I question Mrs. Palin's family priorities, and I question McCain choosing her if he knew that her teen girl was about to have a baby.

Yes, women are strong, and women can do anything! But when a woman becomes a mother, she needs to take care of her children. (I know many women have to work to put food on the table, and Mrs. Palin is not this situation. My mother worked, and we were raised by loving babysitters and relatives. But it was nothing like having my mother at home! I wish my mother could have stayed home and taken care of us. Being a loveing mother who gives her kids lots of attention is the most important job in the world.)

Lauren,

I think you are overstepping your bounds. We simply do not know the inside workings of the Palin household, and quite frankly it is none of our business. But I can almost assure you that whatever went on in the Palin HH is nothing compared to what has gone on (and been covered up) in the lives of other politicians and their families.

I also think it is rather sexist to say that Palin "must stay home with her children"...should we also say that Obama must stay home with his little girls...? Why are the standards different for woman than for men?--Kristin

MATT,

All deserve to burn in hell the Lord's sacrifice and thank God for his grace and mercies.That is grace is still available for all willing to escape his wrath by acceptance of son's death in place of ours. We also need to follow Him daily in Obedience that his grace may continually abide with us. Check your scripture again, hypocrisy revved up the anger of the Lord more than any. And for the record the word "conservative" has "pride" written all over it.That is not to say I am a democrat. How sad that people are being misinformed that confessing to be a republican equates to being a christian.

This is all too much! Jaimie Lynn was on the front page of a magazine as 17 year old mother of a baby. Now we're going to throw stones at a 17 year old who has decided to keep her child --- a 17 year old whose mother has just agreed to run for vice'=-president. Our daughter was pregnant her senior year in college. My husband is a psstor. I thought that was public!

If anyone is perfect, keep criticizing!

Hi Kristin - Thanks for your questions and I see your points. Just expressing my opinion, and the beautiful thing about this country is that we don't have to see eye to eye, and we can still live peacefully and listen to each other and see other sides. :)

I am only speaking for myself as a mother. Mrs. Palin will have to make her own decision, and it is hers and hers alone with her family. I guess I am putting myself in her shoes even if they don't quite fit, of course because I do not know all the details.

But if I ever let my children down, and I knew I could have been there for them, I would never be able to live with myself. This is a personal decision that I would have to make, and a set of consequences that I wuold have to deal with. This is how I feel as a mother, and it is only my opinion. I am not saying she has to stay home at all, and I know that loving and caring fathers are also so important in parents, and I think her husband does stay home. But I am saying that she must be in a crisis as a mother right now, because things are not right at home, and they must be looking at what has gone wrong because of this fact - the health of the home is up to the parents. The parents need to be sure they are really there for their kids. It must be a terrible time for everyone and as a mother I feel for them.

If I were a daughter in trouble I would sure want my mother by my side!

Peace and blessings to you!

It's amazing how many people know what is right for everyone else. I could barely take care of my children and home when I had babies. My mother had to help also. I didn't work outside the home either.

Does that mean that everyone else has the same capabilities? Many friends of mine have managed career, home and family soon after giving birth. God did not call us to decide what other people can and can't handle.

WOW!,

Let's watch our judgements on both sides.

Ask yourself, Am I judging righteously?

When you are typing into a blog, you are speaking...

Remember, Who is accountable for every idle word? You are...

Is it better to be right? or in right standing?

PLEASE BE CAREFUL

Those without sin, cast the first stone. I would like to start by saying everyone makes mistakes. It is easy for us Christians to sit in security of our homes, without having to live our lives in a fishbowl and judge others. I'm not excusing Bristol's behavior but at least she is strong enough to stand up and admit she made a mistake; meanwhile, America judges her. No sin is greater than any other. I'm sure that this is not the plan she had for her life but she is doing what she can to make it right. And as far as "allowing fornification" into their home, I seriously doubt that. God allowed us a free will. Have we forgotten that Adam and Eve's son, Cain, KILLED is brother Abel?! Who are we to judge?

Sarah Palin gave birth to a baby with Down's Syndrome at the age of 44.

Is anyone else appalled at this?

The risk of giving birth to a baby with Down's Syndrome is extremely high in women over 40 (and even higher when the father is also over 40).
http://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/news/20030701/dad-age-down-syndrome

Sarah Palin "opposes the use of birth control pills and condoms even among married couples".

I am disgusted by this irresponsible behaviour. To give birth at age 44 to a baby with Down's because you refuse to use birth control inexcusable. Ignoring the dangers that you expose yourself and your baby to by refusing to use birth control after 40 is negligent and careless. To believe that a woman like this has the opportunity to become Vice President of the United States of America in 2008 makes me ill.

Does anyone else share this opinion?

Hi everyone - Thanks for the reminders about judging. This is a very emotional issue for me as I know it is for other people. I was writing from my heart, sharing feelings, imagining what the family must be going through right now. And imagining what I would do in this same situation.

I am thankful for this community. Let's all keep in other in check lovingly and guide each other to more love and understanding to all! Let's hold everyone, this family, and all who suffer in the light. Prayers to all.

I just think that being a mother is one of the most amazing things on this earth to be! A lot of times the media degrades mothers, but without mothers, where would this world be? Think of your mother today, and send her some love.

I've read several comments about Bill Clinton's behavior and that now conservatives are getting back what they handed out...Bristol is 17 years old and a high school student. Let's see, Bill Clinton was definitely NOT 17, he was MARRIED and he was the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Is there really any comparsion?

I do not blame the daughter, but the parents are another story. Raising children is serious business and being a part time mother probably help caused the situation. If she was a full time mother and it still happened then I would be more forgiving, When your career becomes all important then the family will suffer whether you are a man or a women. A successful family needa a nester (either male or female). It looks like this family does not have one. This reflects poorly on the Palins' ability to parent.

I'm a born-again Christian, mother of 2 daughters and, since they're still very young, all I can say is that in the future I do intend to teach them that abstinence is the best protection. One of my daughters is a special needs child and, yes, I kept her, too. They’re both God’s gift to us.

However, let's not confuse one subject with another: Sarah Palin's beliefs and actions are a personal matter between herself and God. In selecting a future president and vice-president, I want to abide by the design of our founding fathers --- a separation of church and state. We turned a blind eye to that concept when we voted for Bush and the past 8 years have been a disaster! We pump billions of dollars into a war started on the basis of deceit and now we can't provide assistance to children and adults with special needs or children in low-income households. How has putting a born-again Christian in office faired for us? Pretty badly, actually. Being a born-again Christian is a personal matter between the individual and God, not for the right and the left hands to use for political gain. That’s not what Jesus would do but definitely what the Pharisees would.

Unfortunately, despite her religious beliefs, her strong commitment to the 2nd amendment, and her short stint in office in the state of Alaska, Palin is ill-equipped to lead this country. And the rumors that she has been passing off her daughter's baby as her own [and now announcing that her daughter is pregnant] are just appalling. Instead of defending her just because she shares our faith, we should seek the truth, if we truly do care for the truth. At the end of it all, what we’re seeking is a president and vice-president that will do right by our country, upholding the highest principles of ethics and morality.

People who make comments like this one: " I'm sure if this had been one of Obama's daughters she would have chosen murder" are disgusting. Do you really dare call yourselves Christian? You use this not as a time to reflect or show grace or love, but as an excuse to throw stones, and untrue ones at that. Simply foul.

With respect to frogcatcher912 and Hannah's comment about being appalled with Palin's irresponsible behavior in having a child over 40, I would have to disagree for 2 basic reasons:

(a) The idea that only older women have children with special need is a misconception: being older jut means that you carry a higher risk. But being younger at the time of conception doesn't mean that you are "risk-free". Having a "healthy" child is a crap-shoot that only God knows. So many things can go wrong at the time of conception and gestation that it is a miracle when it all turns out all right. Furthermore, who is to say that a child with special needs is any less than a child with none? In Nazi Germany that was the thought and that lead to genocide at many levels---we certainly do not share in the barbarity of that thinking. ALL children are God's children, and they are all perfect in the eyes of their Creator.

(b) There is a rumor that Sarah Palin's 5th child is really her daughter's child, and Sarah has been passing him off as her own. No one has been able to publicly authenticate whether it is true or not; but it was curious that the family's response to the rumors was that their daughter is under-age and pregnant. If it were true that the child with Down Syndrome is Bristol's, then it would further debunk the idea that only older women have children with special needs. But it would put into question the integrity and authenticity of this VP candidate.

To those "Christians" who are condemning this family - well, that's not very "Christian" of you, is it?

To those quoting the Bible to support their opinions on homosexuality and other "non-family values," please remember that the Bible also says that those who do not honor the Sabbath (by doing things like sewing or lighting a fire) should be put to death. Quit cherry-picking Scripture to support your own bigoted views.

To those who are so compassionately forgiving Bristol and her family, remember how to do that the next time a Democrat makes a mistake.

And for those of you who believe in freedom, remember that freedom of religion is in the Constitution of the United States of America. I strongly support Bristol Palin's choice to continue her pregnancy based on her personal religious belief that she is carrying a human being and that to have an abortion would be murder. However, I hope that she would respect MY personal religious belief that a child's soul does not enter it's body until sometime during late pregnancy, and that if a fetus is aborted, it's soul will enter another body so it can live out it's life as a WANTED child. Pro-choice does NOT mean pro-abortion. It means respecting those who believe abortion is murder and also respecting those who do not. As a person of faith, I do not believe it is right to forbid a woman to choose an abortion, any more than it is right to FORCE a woman to have an abortion, as they do in China.

Sarah Palin, God bless and best of luck with your private family matters. Now please, do the same for the rest of us and quit trying to legislate your personal religious beliefs.

After reading most of the remarks on this site, I want to take a good, long shower. Using this young woman and her family to score political and religous points for one side or the other. Just plain sad.

Richard,

I pointed out the fact that I'm a Republican to show that my willingness to admit that Barack Obama is not a Muslim has nothing to do with my political leanings, and that comment was not directed at you. And I'm not sure how I equated "conservative" and "Christian" in my comment. Also, if humility is the greatest virtues, would it not follow that pride is the greatest sin? Finally, if my first comment seemed a little angry, I apologize. However, the overall gist of it was that Palin cannot control every single thing that her children do. I was mostly reacting against comments such as "How can Palin let sexual infidelity in her household?" Maybe she didn't. At the end of the day, it was Bristol's choice. And yes, the Pharisees really did make Jesus angry. However, most of the time, the reason Christ was angry with them was because they placed a heavy burden (their strict interpretation of the Law) on everyone else, yet did nothing to help them carry it. The Pharisees sat around condemning the sinners. Also, I'll admit that I'm not always the most humble person in the world, but what part of "conservative" has "pride" written all over it any more than does "liberal"?

I find some of the nature of these attacks sad. Palin can't control what her daughter does, anyone who has delt with teenagers knows that.

This has nothing to do with condemnation, Christians who continually condemn Bill Clinton for being Bill Clinton (And I know many do) are violating several commandments from Christ. I will condemn his adultry, it was sinful. However his relationship is between him and God, I'm not involved.

Its the same way with Bristol. You can't say she wants to abort the child or that she's being forced to marry, no one can force her to marry. If you really felt sorry for her you wouldn't make her an issue in a campaign, what happened probably embarrasses the poor girl.

But if you see fit, you can continue to beat on this horse, you will only hurt Obama and your own cause by doing it.

To add to that, people get bad impressions of a politician based on what people on their side do. And this will only hurt Obama.

That is part of the reason I think he called for this to stop. The other part is because I honestly think he is an honest man although IMO misguided and not the best choice for president.

I'm not a republican or a democrat. I feel just as strongly for my democratic Congressman (whom I worked for on his 2004 campaign) as I do John McCain. And I really don't like either candidate for governor of my state, I still havn't decided which one is worse.

As an independent I HATE politics that is personal. If you ask me the internet had the potential to be a great thing for politics but has become a horrible thing for politics. Because now a bunch of people who don't have to answer to anyone can run around and say horrible things about other people.

It could have communicated and had a intelligent debate of ideas, but more often then not you've got a bunch of tribalistic jerks who think someone's party affliation or political thought is a good reason to hate thim.

Everyone wants to come down on Sarah Palin and her husband because their daughter is pregnant. Immedietly people begin saying Sarah should have spent more time with her kids and less on her career. People who are making these comments either have no children, have forgetten how difficult it is to raise kids or are naive about raising kids in today's oversexed society or forgot what it was like to be a teenager.

I know many wonderful parents whose children got pregnant in high school. They were good families whose parents gave them all the appropriate kind of attention and raised them as best they could. But there comes a time when parents cannot make choices for their kids and the choices narrow minded teenagers make can result in a pregnancy.

Society gives very conflicting views of sex to children/teenagers. It is no wonder there are so many teenage pregnancies in the US.

I commend them for supporting her and not rushing her off for some hush hush abortion. I pray that all goes well for the family during this time.

Jennifer I agree, it disturbs me to see ads for clothing for teenagers advertised as "sexy" when theoretically we don't think they should be having sex.

And the clothing they wear in the name of "fashion" makes me sad. My Sunday school students had a classmate that got pregnant . . at 11 in the 6th grade!! And she got an abortion of course, makes me sad.

Now moving to the actual political implications, whatever they are they are probably going to be harming Obama. The media is eating this up and the American people are going to see this as a non-issue. And Obama is faced with a bunch of over exhuberant supporters who genuanily want to help him but is going to shoot him in the foot by attacking a poor girl. Most people know a teenager who made a similar mistake. I doubt many of the people speaking against her right now where ever even really considering voting for McCain in the first place.

Sarah Palin should step down and attend to her affairs in the home.
There is nothing wrong with working outside of the home, but governor, VP is more than a job. Her family needs her unfortunately they are not her first priority. She is a very selfish woman.

as the sister of a 17 year old i am really disapointed that every christian leader i hear is saying that its "ok" and that sarah palin is still a "Great mom" - even though her daughter is pregnant and dropped out of high school! and it IS ILLEGAL! how can i possibly pass on the christian values i hold so dear to my sister at this vulnerable age when not even christians are willing to say that there is something wrong with this picture. is the sanctity of marriage really so outdated? lets speak out when we need to and say that NO this is NOT good parenting and NO its not ok to have sex out of wedlock!

Why is it that Christians and Republicans think that God is "Conservative". Barack Obama has shown more Christlike character traits than McCain throughout the whole election...It seems that you all have only two topics of discussion. Abortion and Gay rights...come on! I am against abortion and gay marriage but I also know that God said, Choose ye this day. If Christians would write laws on their hearts we would see less laws needed on paper.

Oh yeah, stop the Obama Husseign fear tactic...it's so childish.

I feel very, very bad for the daughter in all of this. It's wrong for her to be attacked, just because she got pregnant. But I also wish her mother had enough sense not to accept McCain's offer, knowing that her running for VP would focus a very bright spotlight on her unwed, teenage daughter's pregancy. The poor girl is already going to have to deal with having to have a baby at such a young age, get married, finish high school, etc. I wish she didn't have to go through all of this.

For those who think the Palin's are being judged by those who do not support them, you are sadly mistaken. I am DEEPLY disappointed with the reactions of Christian leaders on this issue. Christian leaders have been quit to support Bristol's decision to keep the child. However, I have yet to hear anyone speak on the fact that the bible clearly teaches that lust and pre-marital sex is a sin and the sexual immoral commit will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesian 5:5-7 and Revelation 21:8). You can call it self-righteous, judging and etc. However, this is what the bible teaches, despite of your opinions or reactions. We live in an age of sensuality and we need to REPENT of our sins and follow Christ instead of placing 100% of our energy as a puppet spokesperson for the world's political system, which will not save lost souls.

okay, Clinton committed adultery......and so did mccain.Why is clinton's adultery worse?

For all of you who say "abstinence until marriage" - what if nobody ever wants to marry you?

Well, the baby's been born, and the parents STILL aren't married.