Palin Should Address Disturbing Religious Connections

Forty-eight years ago this week, John F. Kennedy appeared before the Houston Ministerial Association and a national television audience to … Continued

Forty-eight years ago this week, John F. Kennedy appeared before the Houston Ministerial Association and a national television audience to address widespread concerns that his Catholic religion might harmfully influence the way he would preside over the United States if he won the election.

It is time for Republican Party vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin — about whose religious beliefs there are questions in many ways far more serious than those about Kennedy’s Catholicism in 1960 — to allow herself to be questioned in a similar open forum.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests Palin is more of a religious extremist than any major party nominee for national office in memory.

“We’re not going to get into discussing her religion,” Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for the McCain-Palin campaign, told the New York Times. A look at the Alaska governor’s religious views and influences makes clear why the Republican campaign doesn’t want to “get into discussing her religion”–and why the American people must insist that those views are completely scrutinized.

“The churches that Sarah has attended all believe in a literal translation of the Bible,” Janet Kinkaid of Wasilla, who has known Palin for 15 years, told the Times.

One consequence of Palin’s literalism is that she is a Creationist. As such, she discounts science, a point that is further made by her insistence that humans do not influence climate change. (John McCain is on record as someone who accepts evolution and the role of humans in global warming.)

In recent years, Palin has attended several Pentecostal churches. which emphasize the Second Coming of Christ, especially the so-called Rapture, when Christ returns to earth and the faithful endure tribulations before they are taken up to heaven with Christ.

When Gov. Palin is in the state capital, she attends the Juneau Christian Center. Its senior pastor, Mike Rose, says, “I’ve been convinced for some time. We are living in the last days. These are incredible times to live in.” This literalist is literally right on the last point.

The church that seems to have had the greatest influence on the would-be vice president and could-be president is the Wasilla Assembly of God Church, where Palin was baptized and attended from the time she was 12 until 2002. She still maintains close ties with the church.

The church’s senior pastor, Ed Kalnins, has said a number of things in his sermons that give pause. In 2004, he made it clear he was referring to Sen. John Kerry when he said, “If you vote for this particular person, I question your salvation. I’m sorry.” Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Kalnins said that those who criticized President Bush will go to hell. “I hate criticisms towards the President, because it’s like criticisms towards the pastor–it’s almost like, it’s not going to get you anywhere, you know, except for hell. That’s what it’ll get you.”

Pastor Kalnins classified the 9/11 attacks and the later war in Iraq as part of a larger conflict “contending for your faith,” and Palin has indicated that she sees the “War on Terror” as a holy war.

This past June, Palin returned to visit the church. She told the congregation, “God’s will has to be done. . . . [Government activity] doesn’t do any good if the people’s heart isn’t right with God. . . . We can work together to make sure that God’s will be done.”

“What comes from this church has great destiny,” she proclaimed. “And that spirit of revelation, also including a spirit of prophecy–that God’s gonna tell you what’s goin’ on–and what is going to go on. . . . There’s been so many words, Ed, over the state of Alaska,” she said to the pastor. “We being the head, not the tail . . . I see things now in the words it seems like that’s comin’ to fruition–that things are percolating, things are comin’ along and praying for an outpouring of the Spirit for that revival to be here in Alaska.”

Palin spoke of the power of a former pastor’s prayer over her: “‘Lord, make a way and let her do this next step.’ And that’s exactly what happened. So, again, very, very powerful coming from this church.”

“This is awesome!” Kalnins exclaimed in response. “Makin’ a prophetic declaration and it unfolds, ya know, the Kingdom of God–and so there is a prophetic call.”

It gets worse.

“There are some things that God wants to tap into [in Alaska] to be a refuge for the lower forty-eight,” Kalnins continued with Palins by his side nodding in apparent agreement, “and I believe Alaska is one of the refuge states, come on you guys, in the last days, and hundreds and thousands of people are going to come to the state to seek refuge and the church has to be ready to minister to them. Amen!” He said it is to prepare for this Last Days influx of people that Gov. Palin’s infrastructure improvements need to be made.

As On Faith panelist Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite points out, Palin’s beliefs in the End Times or Last Days, or how much she agrees with what her pastors have said, matter to us now because they could have an impact on her views of foreign and domestic policies.

Concerns also have been raised about Palin’s connection to the Alaska Independence Party, and its connections to a controversial Christian nationalist movement known as Reconstructionism.

Palin’s husband, Todd, was a registered member of the party for seven years. Sarah Palin herself, while she apparently never officially registered as a member, was considered by the party to be a member for a time in the mid-1990s, and, as governor this year, she recorded a welcome to the party’s convention, in which she said, “I share your party’s vision.”

Videos from the 2008 AIP meeting showing the organization’s vice chairman, Dexter Carter, praising Sarah Palin’s service as a party member and saying that the party’s members must “infiltrate” the major parties, have been taken down since her selection as John McCain’s running mate.

The party’s founder, Joe Vogler, has said (as the party still proudly quotes on its website) that he is “not an American” and “I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.” Vogler also renounced allegiance to the United States and “their damned flag.”

The Alaskan Independence Party is the state affiliate of the Constitution Party. That party has long been the political base of leading figures in the extreme “Christian” nationalist movements called Reconstructionism and Dominionism, including Reconstructionism’s late founder, R. J. Rushdoony. Fancying himself a latter-day John Calvin, Rushdoony sought to institute a nationwide or worldwide theocracy patterned after Calvin’s theocracy in Geneva.

These movements contend that “Bible Law” must be instituted to prepare for the Second Coming. Rushdoony said democracy is a heresy. He advocated the death penalty, preferably by stoning, for a host of offenders, including homosexuals, females guilty of “unchastity before marriage,” rapists (but, in keeping with the laws of Deuteronomy, only if their victims were married women or “betrothed virgins”), those who perform or have abortions, witches, those who disrespect their parents, Sabbath breakers, and blasphemers.

How much of this nonsense does Sarah Palin believe? Who knows? But given these connections, she should tell us.

Historian Robert S. McElvaine is Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts & Letters at Millsaps College. His latest book is Grand Theft Jesus: The Hijacking of Religion in America (Crown).

  • ej

    Has anyone looked into whether any of her religious beliefs were influenced by going to college in northern Idaho where there is no shortage of religiously based white supremacists?

  • Amicus Warren

    It is extraordinary that someone with Palin’s views could be running as a “Republican.” A famous Republican, Ulysses S. Grant, who as much as anyone saved the Republic, once presciently warned that the its future security and prosperity required keeping religion out of politics. Whose country is it? U.S. Grant’s or Sarah Palin’s?

  • Kert

    I’m honestly not seeing the “Religious Extremist” in Sarah Palin. From what I can see from the statements made, she is simply the Bible believing Christian that she has said she is. The beliefs in Creation, heaven, hell, sin, the End Times and others are largely believed in most Evengelical and Catholic churches in America. Since a majority of America belongs to one of these groups it would make sense the VP would have similar beliefs. Obviously the person writing the article is coming at it from a different standpoint than I, but the beliefs are largely mainstream. They have been believed for many years and were predominately held by the founders. I do welcome the discussion on her beliefs, they will obviously shape her policy. Let’s not get carried away with the critisism. I think searching through sermans and pulling out controversial statements, isn’t the best approach. Let’s give her a chance to speak on this and discuss what she believes. It’s hard to tell what is really meant sometimes. The connections at the end are a little hard to actually make. I think you need more evidence than an old affiliation to a political party and that parties affiliation. You probably do some more work than to just make a circumstantial connection between Palin and some weird beliefs. Politics often has you working with people that you don’t agree with totally or much at all.I think that Palin is getting a little more criticism than the other candidates on this as well. Have heard a little about McCain and next to nothing about Biden on this. Obama’s church was forced in by Rev. Wrights comments but not much else has come of that. I honestly am much more concerned about Wright’s comments and liberation theology than I am about Palin. That to me is much more extreme and dangerous.

  • JoeMac

    I’m not surprised by the tone of this blog post nor subsequent comments. Indeed, they’re fairly typical of what I have seen from varous channels on the web, in print media and over the airwaves, suffused with alarm, accusations of extremism, dire warnings and so on. It’s the same old same old.Pesonally, I don’t know what Palin’s religious views are, and I suspect none of you really do, either. Moreover, I suspect that you have already made up your minds about her anyway, regardless of what she says (reminds me of similar scenario that played out many, many years ago in Palestine ;-), and have no intention of voting for the McCain/Palin ticket. So, what’s your motivaton? Of course, I am aware of the myriad efforts underway to try to define her via rumor, gossip, quotes and misquotes, etc. Other than the outright lies and fabrications, tactics which both the left and right employ, this game of gotcha can be boiled down to this: “She belongs to such-and-such church or congregation and they believe this and that, so she obviously subscribes to this and thus.” But if I were to make the same case regarding Obama, his Muslim upbringing and ties to the Rev. Wright, you would be screaming bloody murder, arguing vociferously that you can’t paint the man with a broad brush, etc. etc., declaring the absurdity of my logic and so on. Can’t have it both ways, folks.And for the sake of argument, even if she does hold what are generally believed to be conservative religious views, that does not make her ‘extreme,’ as claimed above. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that more Americans hold views closer to hers than to those of the people throwing around taunts of extremism, radicalism, etc. Obama is running adds claiming that McCain will kill Roe v. Wade. Reagan couldn’t do it in 8 years, nor Bush. Why would McCain be any different? Is he truly that much more effective and influential? Hmmm, perhaps that’s your underlying fear? ;-) It’s only a matter of time before the ads with the “McCain will kill Social Security!” battle cry start hitting the airwaves. Abortion. Social Security. Religion. All pages from the same old dusty playbook (which the GOP also uses, by the way, with their own interchangeable bogeymen).Why are Dems so afraid of Palin? Why is Obama running against her? What’s driving the hysteria? Ah, the polls! Never mind… ;-)JM

  • Paganplace

    “Pesonally, I don’t know what Palin’s religious views are, and I suspect none of you really do, either. Moreover, I suspect that you have already made up your minds about her anyway, regardless of what she says (reminds me of similar scenario that played out many, many years ago in Palestine ;-), and have no intention of voting for the McCain/Palin ticket. So, what’s your motivaton?”Eh, cause what she says ain’t too reassuring on knowing whether or not she’s a) a crook, or b) interested in superceding American law and our Constitutional government to have me and my sister publicly stoned to death? Pardon if I’m just a *leetle* touchy on that subject. Even if it weren’t about diverting attention from the actual *policies* of the respective candidates at a critical time in our nation’s history. Especially after all the Roveian swiftboating about Obama that all of a sudden isn’t OK when applied to someone who’s actively affiliated with some fanatical churches and preachers? Picky, picky, picky, me.

  • Paganplace

    I mean, Joemac, this is *actual fascism* we’re talking about here. You bet she ought to at least appear on a morning show that’s concerned about more than fashion.

  • Gordon Rose

    Dont worry about Sarah’s Relationship with Jesus Christ. It is fine. Concern yourself with her political positions. Her record in Alaska and approval rating are tops. We need men AND women like her.

  • Concerned The Christian Now Liberated

    Paganplace, Paganplace, Paganplace,Stone you and your “witchie” sisters??? (besides being against the laws of the USA)The Challenger holds the point of the sword up to the candidates heart, and says: “You are about to enter a vortex of power, a place beyond imagining, where birth and death, dark and light, joy and pain, meet and make one. You are about to step between the worlds, beyond time, outside the realm of your human life. You who stands on the threshold of the dread Mighty Ones, have you the courage to make the essay? For know it is better to fall on my blade and perish than to make the attempt with fear in thy heart!” The apprentice answers: “I tread the path with perfect love and perfect trust.” i.e. Pagans especially Wiccans are a bit odd but are good citizens.

  • art

    How many christians in the past 2000 years have believe they were in the end times? What did they do with these beliefs, how did they act on them?Palin is at least a creationist, if not an outright dominionist. Even if the leftwing freaks are frothing at the mouth over their hatred for her, we can’t dismiss all their arguments for that reason.Anyone who wishes to run my country better have her head out, I don’t appreciate having nutjobs running my government into the ground. Many of the christians say they have a right to know about her religious beliefs, because they want to vote for one of their own, people who believe as they.Well I want to vote against creationists and dominionists. You have your beliefs, well I believe these people are sick, suffering from some kind of mental disease, and I don’t trust them so close to our nuclear weapons. I do not trust their belief in armageddon, I do not trust they will not take action to make it real for all of us.You want to vote your beliefs? Well so do I, and I believe domonionists are traitors to our constitution and truly evil, wicked people.

  • Athena

    I could care less about what Sarah Palin believes in her church. As CCNL pointed out, my religion looks pretty wacky to outsiders, too. (Talk about taking stuff out of context there, CCNL…) What I care about is if she wants to make the dictates of her faith the law of the land, and enforce it on those of us who do not follow the same set of beliefs. I want to know if they will honor the Constitution and the First Amendment. I would ask the same of any candidate – Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or Ron Paul.

  • mech

    JoeMac, these are standard republican mechanisms of rhetoric.if you fear what someone else will do if they get elected, if you feel it will destroy the world as you know it, then stating that does not imply that you expect they will win.Yelling at the top of your lungs about how evil you think something is does not mean you want it to happen.Wait for her to speak on these matters?The republicans (rove) are sufficiently intelligent in these election matters, they will not allow Palin to speak her real beliefs – those she states quite readily in these videos we see going around.She is possibly a nutcase, that is my take on what I’ve seen of her. Her support of Alaskan Secession is the kind of thing that makes one say: She’s a traitor to the constitutionShe’s probably a dominionist, anything that nutjob reverend Wright says is just hot air compared to the evil things these people want to do to us. I don’t like hot air either, in fact I despise that man – but I don’t fear him.I do fear Palin. She represents the very worst part of democracy, that a fanatic brand of christian fascism can take over one of the existing parties and from there take over the country – without even representing anything approaching a majority of the electorate.I know what I wish on the republicans – massive defeat. I only wish the democrats had something useful to say, had a viable candidate to oppose her. I don’t like their story either, but I only dislike them. They are a long term disease, Palin is a virulent cancer and our time is short if she and her kind take power.

  • grunt

    screw marriage you prick, and screw you.

  • Arminius

    Earth to Moderator… Mission control calling Moderator… Come in Moderator…. Wake UP!!!!! We have a problem here, the recurrence of JJ’s mindless, sick posts, complete with – note well – PERSONAL ATTACKS on me, Paganplace, and B-Man. If you do not wish to be labeled a complete lying wuss, get rid of this infection RIGHT NOW!!!!But of course, you won’t…..

  • Arminius

    The long, offensive post here was inflicted by someone known as JJ. Those are his initials, because his name triggers an automatic block. But he has learned to get by this. If you want to know how sick he is, go to his web site. Note that I have spelled his name BACKWARDS between the two dots. Reverse the spelling to get it to work. http://www.zvezoj.usIf you want to find out about his ‘religion’, created in prison and probably white supremacist, go here:

  • advice

    To search past the is prick’s little boy pissing on the sidewalk, do a search for “REPORT OFFENSIVE”, hit F3 to seach again, will work in most browsers, this will take you to the bottom of each message.As there is nothing we can do to make this little criminal behave, we have to just go around him.

  • Arminius

    Advice,Yeah, I’ve tried that. It kept asking me cryptic questions about servers – apparently no one else here has that problem. MOST frustrating for me, I’ve been trying to get rid of that idiot for the better part of a year.

  • Anonymous

    If religious connections are a problem, then Senator Obama has shown that it is not fair to hold candidates responsible for the views of their church or pastors. A particular religious view does not automatically become public policy.Senator Obama has had his share of connections with radicals, and he is still considered fit to be President of the US, not just by a lot of Americans but also by others around the world.Compare policies of the team. Governor Palin is only running for VP; Senator McCain is not on his death bed breathing his last. They are as a team not without political advisers who are experts in their respective fields. Just like the Obama-Biden team.

  • harold

    Which book are you recorded in? Which book of life? Who do you stand before? Are you numbered or named.And he took the BOOK OF THE COVENANT, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?“Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?”And the Lord spake unto MOSES and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,“and the mouth taste his meat?”This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.“and the mouth taste his meat?”And the Lord spake unto MOSES, saying,“When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their NUMBER”And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.“Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me.”Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.“so stand fast in the Lord”BROUGHT THEM UNTO ADAMAnd the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.“Lord God formed every beast of the field”This is THE BOOK OF THE GENERATIONS OF ADAM. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;THE BOOK OF THE GENERATION OF JESUS CHRIST, the son of David, the son of Abraham.Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord.And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the BOOK OF LIFE OF THE LAMB slain from the foundation of the world.And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

  • jim cubie

    This article raises important issues but has one mistake in it. The dispensationalist believe that the Christians are raptured –taken up into heaven — and thus avoid the tribulations. That’s what we would all like to believe, but it is not biblically sound. The passage in I Thess. 4 on which the pre-tribulaton rapture is based is actually about Christ’s 2nd coming. If anyone would like to learn why the pre-tribulation rapture is not biblically sound, e mail me and I will send you a biblical analysis of it.

  • harold

    Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:“Seeing ye have PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH through the spirit”Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,“For thou hast said”“But oh that God would speak”Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.MY DOCTRINE SHALL DROP AS THE RAINFor the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.“But oh that God would speak”“I make alive”THE LORD SHALL SET HIS HAND AGAIN THE SECOND TIME

  • HRH

    I am a Democrat and a Christian in the most liberal of Protestant denominations, but I have been appalled by the double standard on personal religious views of the candidates. So much hatred. So much guilt-by-association. Fact Check, hardly a GOP front group, has examined the question of whether her religious views influence her policy on public education.

  • RALPH

    AMERICA NEEDS

  • harold

    These are the words of those with the so-called Christian belief hold deer to their heart:You can clearly see all that is left is the serpent in this House of Simon the Leper. “And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself”And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,And if there be in the bald head, or bald forehead, a white reddish sore; it is a leprosy sprung up in his bald head, or his bald forehead.

  • mommadona

    It’s about time so-called mainstream religious figures start not only questioning but directly confronting these extremists.I can’t believe how weak the response to this stuff has been from main stream churches.Fascism is coming wrapped in that flag and carrying a bible, and Christians just stand back and say…”well, they say they’re Christians like us, so it’s A-OK with us”….Honest to goodness, folks. That is pathetic.ORGANIZED religion is the BANE of civilization.

  • harold

    It seems to me all have not seen that Saul is in the House of Judas,

  • harold

    And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.“And the woman bare a son”And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.“Samson went down to Timnath”Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.“Samson, the son in law of the Timnite”And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.“the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him”Then the Lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.“the Lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god”Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.“Dan shall judge his people”And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;“I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan”These are the sons of Dan after their families: of Shuham, the family of the Shuhamites. These are the families of Dan after their families.“These are the sons of Dan after their families”Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.“Now king David was old and stricken in years”

  • harold

    This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

  • Michael

    To Robert S. McElvaine,So much for grand flourish of records in University letters behind a name meaning anything towards integrity. You make an assertion without providing actual links and contextual evidence. The entire prayer was for guidance to do God’s will. Governor Palin NEVER said the Iraq War was a Holy War. This is an outright lie and more misleading propaganda put out by the left and people like DailyKos. You are now parroting far left wing smear sites funded by George Soros; Obama’s main donor and billionaire crook. A convicted criminal in France. This shows your credentials are useless and your opinion and calls for review to be nothing but another liberal biased shot against Palin.She simply made a prayer that our leaders do God’s will, that it was in God’s plan. That is what every single Christian does thru history.Have you not read JFK’s speeches? According to your worried assertions, you would crucify JFK because he was much more forward in stating that God Has a Plan for America. How dare that JFK say that! He should never have been President according to the liberal orthodoxy today. And while you throw off any semblence of impartial witness to Palin, you do not question why the Democrat Presidential Candidate attended a church of Racism, Vile Hatred, Anti-American, Black Liberation Theology for 22 years? Jeremiah Wright said, “no, no, no, not God Bless America, God D____ America!” This was just after 9/11, yet Obama stated he never heard such words?Here is an assertion and opinion. I think Obama is a liar. No one sits in a church that long and not know his preacher is a radical, a hater, a Nation of Islam supporter, Hamas supporter, Libyan supporter, an Anti-Semite and a vicious racist against whites only and hates America. You betray your college and the people that read your fluff hit piece. It is absurd to continue to see such false smears against Palin by shallow liberals like you who pretend to be defenders of truth, while giving Obama a free ride. You represent the worst of American opinion today from MSNBC to WaPo and so many other liberal media outlets. You strain at gnats in Palin’s prayer, but overlook the giant log in the fake religion of Obama. A Black Values Only Religion tha for 22 years preached hatred of whites by his so-called “spiritual mentor.” People like you destroy any real sense of God’s will, his instructions for life, or his guidance to us as Christians. Paul warned about false teachers from the beginning of the “history” of the church. You are evidence that his warnings should be well heeded.God forbid tha Palin want a revival in Alaska. God forbid that all the great movements in church history in America by evangelicals of Methodist, Baptist, etc., were far, far more advanced in opinion of God’s will for America and the calls for revival. According to your logic and assertions, no word by some of America’s greatest spirtual leaders should ever be allowed today.How pathetic have the liberals become? The Methodist Church would never be started today with your false logic. You would condemn all leaders like Wesley or even Abraham Lincoln. How dare Abraham Lincoln know God’s will to free slaves? Or that the Republican Party was started for the Abolition of Slavery? Did Christ ever call for slaves to be set free by their masters in his walk on this planet? Now, do you see your utter hypocrisy? It would do well if you would ask more discerning questions about the real danger to this nation, that of a fake politician that sit for 22 years in a pit of vile anti-Christian false teachings. A politician that could not vote to save life of a livinb baby outside the womb, or stop partial-birth abortion and who would weaken our nation during a time of war. A politician that coldly calculated his support by Nation of Islam and in fact, the leader Farrakhan is on record as calling Obama – Messiah. You are worried about Palin? But overlook the rantings of hatred, racism, anti-semitism and radicals that “annoint” Obama as the greatest hope in the world? This shows your discernment to be a failure or you bias to blind you. People need to know the truth about Obama. When you put all the crazed lunatics around him in question and quote their crazed rants, then you will be impartial. Michael

  • Catharina

    We are very concerned about this situation and created a petition to outlaw doomsday-fanatics and endtime-extremists in our society . Please take a look at our petition at apocalypse-no.net/en . Thank You for all you do , from a concerned mother of 2!!

  • Alan

    Palin is a religious wacko, and would be, as vice president, a real danger to our country. John McCain is extreamly irresponsible and lacking in judgement for having nominated her.

  • Greg

    THE single question I’d like to see posed to Sarah Palin is;What does the Constitution mean to you?Here’s why;1. Obama, Biden and McCain could all answer that question easily.2. The question is both factual and philosophical. It would demonstrate whether she has a) read it b) understood/thought about it.3. Potentially disqualifying if she messes it up. Very difficult to wriggle out of a bad answer, since there is NO excuse for an elected official being ignorant of the Constitution.4. May give a clearer picture on what her philosophy of government actually is (if she has one).

  • Jim Roach

    Comments concerning this writing have certainly been interesting, to say the least. However, my view is that while Jesus will indeed come again, He didn’t say when. What He did say was to not worry about the when, just know thatJim R.

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Mary Magdalene, the Closest Friend of Jesus

She’s been ignored, dismissed, and misunderstood. But the story of Easter makes it clear that Mary was Jesus’ most faithful friend.

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From Passover to Easter: Why I’m Grateful to be Jewish, Christian, and Alive

Passover with friends. Easter with family. It’s almost enough to make you believe in God.

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Top 10 Reasons We’re Glad A Catholic Colbert Is Taking Over Letterman’s “Late Show”

How might we love Stephen Colbert as the “Late Show” host? Let us count the ways.

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God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

The resurrection of Jesus is not a matter of private faith — it’s a proclamation for the whole world.

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The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

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Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.