Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Religionists Still Wary Of McCain-- Say He Must Embrace Palin's Lunatic Beliefs

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It's finally started to sink in. Palin isn't merely inexperienced and unprepared to be president-- constitutionally, the vice president's only crucial job-- she's also been twisting the truth about her involvement in corruption, earmarks, Bridges to Nowhere, etc. The Anchorage Daily News, which knows her a lot better than John McCain, is asking some questions McCain should have asked before he invited her to be his running mate.
Here are some of the questions Palin should be answering, for Alaskans and the rest of the country:

• You present yourself as a Republican maverick who took on your own party's corrupt political establishment. In November's election, your party is running an indicted U.S. Senator, Ted Stevens, who is awaiting trial on charges he accepted more than $250,000 of unreported gifts from the state's most powerful lobbyist. Will you vote for his opponent? Will you urge Alaskans to help you change Washington and vote him out of office? If not, why not?

• Sen. Ted Stevens' trial is still pending; he has declined to say whether he would accept a pardon from President Bush before he leaves office Jan. Do Alaska voters deserve an answer to that question before they cast their vote for or against Stevens in November? What is your position on a president pardoning a public official before a jury has ruled on guilt or innocence?

• Alaska Congressman Don Young appears to have won his Republican primary, even though you endorsed his opponent. Will you vote for your fellow Republican Don Young, who has spent over $1 million on legal fees without telling his constituents what sort of legal trouble he is in?

• Why have you reneged on your earlier pledge to cooperate with the Alaska Legislature's investigation into Troopergate?

• In spring of 2004, the Daily News reported that you cited family considerations in deciding not to try for the U.S. Senate: "How could I be the team mom if I was a U.S. senator?" What was different this time as you decided to run for vice president?

• As governor of Alaska, you have not pushed for laws or regulations that put your personal views on abortion, same-sex marriage and creationism into public policy. As vice president, will you push to outlaw abortion, restrict same-sex marriage and require the teaching of creationism?

• If you were a fully qualified vice-presidential candidate from the get-go, why did you wait more than 10 days to face reporters?

• McCain spokesman Rick Davis told Fox News the media didn't show you enough "deference." How much deference do you expect to get from Vladimir Putin or Hugo Chavez?

• You have said victory is in sight in Iraq. In July 2007, when you visited Kuwait, you said, "I'm not going to judge the surge." In the March 2007 issue of Alaska Business Monthly, you were asked about the surge and quoted saying:

"I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq. . . . While I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place."

Define "victory" in Iraq? What is the exit plan?

Palin is beloved by religionist fanatics not because of serious policy stands but because her bizarre beliefs are toxic to normal Americans. And, of all people to help the country understand that. is Republican Party religionist agent, Tony Perkins of the GOP front organization, the so-called "Family Research Council." On CNN this morning, Perkins makes it clear that the radical right religionists, as happy as they are to have one of their own on the ticket, still don't trust McCain. Perkins sat down with CNN talking head John Roberts:
Roberts: For a couple of decades, she was a member of the Pentecostal Assembly of God church. Six years ago, she changed to the Wasilla Bible Church. I read an article in which one of her former pastors suggested [the McCain campaign] may be playing down her faith because there may be some misunderstanding about her Pentecostalism. What do you think about all of this?

Perkins: Obviously people, the polling data would suggest people want a leader or leaders that believe in God [and] pray, and I think there's some sense that there's a greater accountability there. But I think the campaign, John, is at a critical point. John McCain made an incredible selection. He has turned around the campaign that I think was moving south, and there's enthusiasm, excitement and hope among social conservative voters.

But ... the next few days, next couple of weeks will be very critical because as you pointed out, her faith has become an issue. It's being attacked, being used as a weapon against her. People are watching. It will be very important how the McCain campaign handles this. If they become defensive and run from it and try to hide the fact that there is this element of faith, then I think it's going to turn off social conservatives, evangelicals, orthodox Christians.

If they say, "Hey, why should someone have to check their faith at the door and move towards the base," I think it's going to energize, you know, the socially conservative voters more. It's very important how they deal with this in the next few days.

Roberts: You say people are attacking her because of her faith. Are they attacking her or asking legitimate questions, such as when she said at the Assembly of God church back in June. ...

[Palin] talked about U.S. troops in Iraq, and she put it this way: "Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that's from God." Even some Pentecostals say that could mean that the U.S. is in a holy war with the Muslim world.

Perkins: I think it's important that you see where these convictions lead her on policy issues, and I think that is part of the scrutiny that she will undergo from socially conservative voters.

Roberts: Do you have any idea at this point about how her faith will inform how she governs?

Perkins: No. There's not a lot of evidence in Alaska other than, you know, she's conservative. I mean there's not-- you can't point to a lot of policies that people say [she adopted] because she's a conservative evangelical.

You don't see a lot of that. I think what people are looking for from the McCain campaign is: He's made a great selection. He has their attention. He's built hope and enthusiasm. Are they going to move away from this faith element? Are they going to move away from, you know, the base trying to keep her from being too aligned with him or going to run to their strength?

That will be a critical decision they make in the next several days.

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10 Comments:

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Why do the Republicans get a free pass on their very own little Pastor issue? If I were the Dems, I'd be up in arms yelling up a storm! But, they may be correct in letting things slide, because the people see this... it's the people who see right through the bias, and will eventually vote a minority into office.

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For balance, readers should head for some engine like Google and put in "Obama Supports Public Depravity" (subtitle: "And supports the 'rights' of children to view it!). Also Yahoo "Dangerous Radicals of the Religious Right." Who do you think George Washington would vote for if he came back to America?
Donna

 
At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The religious right, aka Evangelicals, ought to use God's Word in taking their standpoints. Palin has not make clear whether she accepts evolution as fact, but McCain said in a debate earlier this year tht he believes in evolution when it comes to the origin of life.

What kind of Christians are these? It is obvious to me that the Evangelicals are using some other false criteria to support this ticket.

Sarah Palin is a religious zealot who doesn't recognize or respect the right of others to their own beliefs. (Even Jesus didn't try to persuade or control others. He spoke in parables because the Word was not written for everyone. That's why it should be left out of politics.)

McCain is confused about his own origin, so how can he get anything else straight?

 
At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which beliefs do Palin support. It seems like Palin keeps changing churches periodically. What is it that causes her to change? Is is biblical doctrine or manmade doctrine? I still don't quite know what to make of this lady who was so arrogant on the first night she was introduced to America or as some newscasters have said, "flip". I guess the white men who are supporting her have the same mentality as McCain. They are looking at her physical features and not her ability. What happened to the first Mrs. McCain when her physical features were lost because of a car accident? I think her husband, Senator McCain, dumped her for someone who looker better and had more cash.

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad that you posted this because none of the other blogs have it up yet. I hope that Tony Perkins keeps running at the mouth and threatening Palin since it will show moderates just how scary she really is. I can't wait for the bootleg video of Palin babbling in tongues to make the rounds.

 
At 1:58 PM, Anonymous IludiumPhosdex said...

No wonder the Assemblies of God consider seeing current events through the Biblical lens as "heretical and deviant," in line with their general objections to the whole "Latter Rain" concept of revivalism.

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palin represents the first critical decision that John McCain had to make as the potential President, and he blew it! Palin is just an offering for right wing evangelicals, who weren't going along with his program.

It's sad that McCain will resort to anything, even comprimising his own values, just to get elected.

 
At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does America going to be a religious state like Iran?????

 
At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Bil said...

Howie! If you want some real excitement put those Progressive Bumper Stickers on your Jeep, get some BIGGER guns and head for Alaska and do some LIVE Blogging.

Or send Kenni...it may shorten his lovely posts:)

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger Chus said...

Hot news!: McCain suspends campaign

 

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