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September 4, 2008

Sarah Palin's religious background and what it could mean

Reporters are scanning church Web sites, listening to clips of sermons, and digging through policy decisions for more details on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's whether her faith affects her politics.

Her religious background and its influence on her public policy are still emerging, reporters for the Associated Press write.

Eric Gorski and Rachel Zoll write:

As Alaska governor, she signed a proclamation as Alaska's governor honoring Christian Heritage Week and said creationism shouldn't be barred from classroom discussions.

She used traditional evangelical language in praying that a natural gas pipeline be built in Alaska and that the U.S. mission in Iraq was a "task that is from God." Yet she's also said she would not force her views on others.

Suzanne Sataline writes at the Wall Street Journal that the McCain campaign isn't eager to talk about Palin's spiritual beliefs.

"I am not going to get into that. I think talking about where she worships today and how she characterizes herself speaks for itself about where she is today on this issue," says Maria Comella, a campaign spokeswoman told Sataline.

Sataline writes:

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right also for this country," Gov. Palin said, in a video of the talk posted on the church's Web site. Pray "that our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure we're praying for: that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."

David Gushee, a Christian ethicist at Mercer University in Atlanta, says he is troubled that a public official might presume that government action could be God's intent. "I would never think it is appropriate to describe the actions of the United States military or the strategies of our commanders as a plan from God," Mr. Gushee says.

Mr. Gushee says Gov. Palin should explain her beliefs concerning the inevitability of a cataclysm and the end of time. "To me, it is highly relevant to someone who potentially has her hand on the nuclear button," he says. "If that is her worldview, I would want to know about that."


The way I read Palin's comments, she was
urging that we pray that our nation and
military will carry out God's will --
not making a statement that she believed the
war is His will. I would hope and pray that
all our leaders and representatives would pray
to be guided by the Holy Spirit to know and carry out God's will in their personal and political lives--which is the responsibility and the amazing honor and opportunity of all believers.

The Huffington Post is not supportive of Republicans so you have to take it with a grain of salt but they seem to have done the most research on Palin's congregation:
Palin's Church May Have Shaped Controversial Worldview

Who cares what Palin's religious views are...or Obama's or McCain's. They are all entitled to their beliefs. Period. I am an Obama supporter; however, even if McCain wins, it will still be historical and the American people will have witnessed history if either candidate wins (Obama first African/American President and Palin first woman VP). How absolutely exciting...whatever the outcome. I think there will be positive changes in this country if either wins...how can it get any worse?

And what would be so wrong about her religious beliefs being the primary factor of her decision making, Is it so wrong to have good moral values, such as honesty,integrity,and upholds what is right. just some of the things that are taught in the bible. And what makes its so wrong for her to be a christian and not wrong for Obama who also claims he also goes to church and is a christian, Did not our forefathers who wrote the constitution base there decisions on there religious beliefs,and the presidents in the past who also sought the lord for direction,was that slso wrong because they let there religious beliefs direct them in there decision making .Or is it just looking for something to try to make her look incompatent of doing a job.