Nico Putney and Sam Stein from the Huffington Poo have stumbled on the item sure to bring Sarah Palin down. They breathlessly tell all in their article about her absurdly radical and highly UnAmerican faith: Christianity.
A complete fisk might be in order, but honestly, spending that much time with something so unforgivably dense would likely cause brain atrophy, so I'll simply hit the highlights, and leave it to you wade through the whole thing.
The headline alone informs you that the Stoopid is Strong in these ones:
Palin's Church May Have Shaped Controversial World View
Controversial world view? Like fetuses are people, too? or "Family Values" like standing up with your kid when they make a mistake and affirming a culture of life? Ohhh, Ohhh, I know! That whole "People look to leaders to help solve problems, not create them" thing.
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."
What??? Praying for those charged with securing and maintaining our safety??? How...how...radical of her!!! Praying for our leaders, and that they be guided by the hand of the Almighty??? That is soooooooo Founding Fathers of her. Who does she think she is? But the horror doesn't stop there:
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.
Praying about a policy issue that would effect many who lived in her state? Taking her concerns and petitions before the Lord in prayer? That brazen Bible-thumper!!! How dare she live her faith!!!
To be fair, the choice quotes from her pastor that they outline go a little farther over the line than I tend to feel comfortable with, but
a) When compared in tone and content to Reverend Wright's Greatest Hits (God Damn Amerikkka!!! Whitey Made AIDS to kill the black folks!!!), they do not denigrate the nation or society; and
b) I still find them less offensive then the churches that turn over the pulpit to the Democrat pimping for the African-American vote every election.
Here are the statements as set forth in the story:
The church runs a number of ministries providing help to poor neighborhoods, care for children in need, and general community services. But Pastor Kalnins has also preached that critics of President Bush will be banished to hell; questioned whether people who voted for Sen. John Kerry in 2004 would be accepted to heaven; charged that the 9/11 terrorist attacks and war in Iraq were part of a war "contending for your faith;" and said that Jesus "operated from that position of war mode."
The political stuff? As I said, a little bit more than I am comfortable with. The other stuff, well, to each his own. Do I think the terrorists are evil? Yes. Do I think Islam is evil? Yes. I think any religion that demands others conform to its precepts or die, and preaches deceit as a legitimate means to battle the "nonbeliever" is evil. I know the Left's fevered fantasies are populated by jack-booted Christofascist thugs seeking to impose a "theocracy", and therefore, they will actively seek to exile Christianity from where ever they encounter it, and instead choose to directly or indirectly support other religions that really do harbor such aims, but the fact is we aren't like that. What makes Christianity different is the concept of free will. You can believe or not believe; either way the sun still rises in the east tomorrow morning, and no Christian is going to uuuulate and chop off your head with a rusty scimitar.
Much of the rest of the article is composed of their highlighting of the pastor's statements, but, being the good little leftist errand boys that they are, the authors couldn't resist an attempt at moral equivalency:
And if the political storm over Barack Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright is any indication, Palin may face some political fallout over the more controversial teachings of Wasilla Assembly of God.
Of course, ignoring the fact that Barry's pastor seems to really dislike America, and clearly wants his parishioners to share his views, this pastor's remarks reflect a concern born of a love of this nation and its people. For people so enamored with nuance, they fail to see what they aren't stridently advocating for.
Of course, no leftie hit piece on religion and faith would be complete without smug condescension:
He also claims to have received direct "words of knowledge" from God, providing him information about past events in other people's lives. During one sermon, he described being paired with a complete stranger during a golf outing. "I said, I'm a minister from Alaska and I want you to know that your wife left you -- you know that your wife left you and that the Lord is gonna defend you in a very short time, and it wasn't your fault. And the man drops his clubs, he literally was about to tee off and he dropped his clubs, and he says, 'Who the blank are you?' And I says, 'well, I'm a minister.' He says, 'how do you know about my life? What do you know?' And I started giving him more of the word of knowledge to his life and he was freaked out."
Yeah, because God couldn't possibly have a message for an average individual. He only speaks to the Anointed One Himself(TM), through the mouth of a racist preacher who hates America, no less. Except it really does work like that. I have seen it. I have experienced it. Again, I'm not asking anyone to believe what I believe. I can only tell you that it took a lot for God to get my attention. I was once young, and knew it all, just like the authors of this story. Then I grew up.
This story further illustrates that Sarah Palin scares the left. The deft combination of confidence, humility, competency, and class, she was thrust upon them like holy water and a cross in the face of a vampire. Like a creature suddenly faced with its own mortality, the Left keeps thrashing about, and slinging whatever it can grip in its grubby little fingers. Each attempt tells something about their character. It isn't her baby, its her daughters!!! they shrieked. Even if true, they didn't take her to get an abortion...that life is precious, and gee, just who are you attacking here? Oh, her daughter's pregnant now!!! And? Her folks have addressed it with love and compassion, and she's marrying the Daddy and having the baby. Oh, and somehow, that isn't a "punishment" to them. Aren't you guys the ones who keep glorifying teenagers having kids anyway? I guess you guys surrendered any sincere authority to affix a scarlet letter, here. But, but, but...She's a Christian!!! And She Prays!!! About Real Stuff!!!
Understanding faith has never been the Left's strong suit. These are the geniuses who after demonstrating that they have no understanding of it all in past elections, determined that "We need to get the God thing." The words are still true today. If they honestly believe this latest smear attempt is going to have legs with voters they just can't seem to connect with, then they are headed for yet another disappointment. You can't berate us as bitterly clinging to our guns and Bibles, then expect to "educate" us about the superiority of your empty suit candidate, any more than you can print an article like this, and expect it to be greeted favorably by anyone other than other leftie pundits, talking heads, and acolytes who clumsily mock what you do not understand. I pity you all.