Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Attacking Palin For Her Religion

In yet more proof that the far left cannot restrain themselves, today we have a tsunami of attacks on Gov. Palin, including one at Huffpo attacking here for her religion and religious beliefs. If there was ever an argument the left does not want to have, it is about religion and the candidates.

This from Huffpo under the title "Palin's Church May Have Shaped Controversial World View:"

Three months before she was thrust into the national political spotlight, Gov. Sarah Palin was asked to handle a much smaller task: addressing the graduating class of commission students at her one-time church, Wasilla Assembly of God.

Her speech in June provides as much insight into her policy leanings as anything uncovered since she was asked to be John McCain's running mate.

Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

Religion, however, was not strictly a thread in Palin's foreign policy. It was part of her energy proposals as well. Just prior to discussing Iraq, Alaska's governor asked the audience to pray for another matter -- a $30 billion national gas pipeline project that she wanted built in the state. "I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she said.

It appears that the author is a member of the secular far left - and thus appalled that anyone prays for guidance, assistance, or in the hope that they are acting with the wisdom that their Maker wants. In short, they are appalled by prayer - unless of course it is Obama or Rev. Jeremiah Wright. There is nothing whatsoever in Palin's prayers quoted above that give a clue as to her political leanings, unless we are to assume that there are things to be gleaned from the mere fact that she is religious. That must be the case as the article tells us neither Gov. Palin's worldview or why it is controversial.

The remainder of the article is dedicated to investigating anything said by the pastor in the Church where Gov. Palin grew up and in which she remained until 2006. You can read it here. It covers some statements by the preacher that are probably ever so slightly over the line. There is, however, nothing he says that is in the state, let alone with the same ballpark, as Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But if we are going to start digging into religion . . . . that's fine by me.

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