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Palin pastor thanks God for all presidential candidates

September 7, 2008

palin.jpgWASILLA, Alaska – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s former pastor thanked God on Sunday for all of the candidates in the White House race for the Nov. 4 election, Republican and Democratic.

Palin and her home town have become the center of media scrutiny since Republican presidential contender John McCain rocked the political world by picking the moose-hunting Alaskan governor as his running mate.

Larry Kroon is the pastor of the Wasilla Bible Church, a charismatic evangelical church which Palin, the town’s former mayor and Alaska’s current governor, attended for several years.

“Our father I thank you for the all candidates you have put in the national election,” he told several hundred people gathered for worship on a cool Sunday morning at Wasilla Bible Church.

He also said “We should respect the American press” and asked his flock to “pray for the press. Democracy needs it.”

But given the sudden media focus on his church in this small town of less than 10,000 people nestled in the green woods of Alaska, he pointedly asked the media in attendance such as this correspondent not to hastle him or his congregation today.

“It’s a day for worship, not for interviews,” he said.

Palin, who is staunchly opposed to abortion rights, has ignited the Republican Party’s conservative Christian base, which was uninspired by the maverick McCain.

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder. Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a campaign rally in New Mexico, Sept. 6, 2008

   

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Posted by Ronald | Report as abusive
 

Why does the media still wonder why America thinks they’re out of touch?

Posted by John | Report as abusive
 

Palin is retrogressive and reactionary. That is all there is to it. Why do Republicans so rarely understand that reproductive freedom, including the freedom to choose abortion, is a private decision, and not to be mandated by government? The old tired argument that “life” begins at conception is based on religious belief, and has no place in law.

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive
 

I\’d like to comment on \”Robert\”\’s comment.
According to him, 1. \”Palin is retrogressive and reactionary. That is all there is to it.\” That\’s not a fact, that\’s opinion, and a poor opinion at that: retrogressive in what regard? Reactionary to what?
2. Reproductive freedom? After 11 years my wife left the State welfare counseling job she had. So many 13 year old mothers who demand your tax dollars to pay for their reproductive freedoms, and criminally trespassing foreigners demanding your (Robert\’s) tax dollars to pay for their pregnancies.
3. \”The old tired argument that “life” begins at conception is based on religious belief, and has no place in law.\” I guess you\’re referring to Christianity; however Christianity is about 2000 years old. They didn\’t know about the sperm and the egg back then. Not based on religion; based on science. Where does one draw the line? Each pregnant woman gets to choose? What about the father? No rights? The unborn child\’s rights?(yes it\’s a child, else why would one wish to abort it?) Extending your argument then, one can choose whether to kill another human … if they\’re not old enough according to your individual standard. What would that be? Conception? 2 months? 2 years? What? What about your children (if you have any)… at what age would it be OK to snuff their lives out? It\’s a difficult decision no matter how you look at it. Or is it?
There is another consequence to readily available abortions: the pressure to go have one. How many women have been pressured to have abortions they really didn\’t want? It\’s the easy way out to avoid responsibility for the consequences of your actions. Palin\’s daughter is doing the right thing, and not avoiding the consequences. From what I\’ve read, the daughter is planning on getting married to the young man she loves, and carrying the baby to term to start a young family.
Despite the rabid media.

 

Listen–have arguments over issues (such as abortion, that’s fine) but stop, stop, stop bashing the media. McCain loved ‘em until now. Politicians couldn’t live without ‘em at all. Until Palin was put forth, the right didn’t mind them. So stop already. They are doing their jobs, just as the Pols are doing their jobs of telling us why we should vote for them (both sides are).

Posted by steve | Report as abusive
 

Kevin, I’ll try to respond to your responses:

1. By “reactionary”, I believe Robert means that Palin’s selection as VP was a reaction to the non-selection of Hillary Clinton in an attempt to secure female votes. This is why they’ve cast her in a false demographic (“Hockey Mom”) in order to attract (in a “reaction” to the current political climate) an actual demographic, suburban women. But if this wasn’t why she was chosen, then where does she stand on any national issue that bears significance to the populace as a whole? What about the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan? The housing crsis? Healthcare? Social Security? The environment? We know this about all of the other more experienced politicians who were vetted. All I heard in her convention speech were attacks on Obama.

2. I agree with you that abortion is not to be provided as “contraception.” I also agree that human life is to be valued at every stage of its development. However, I’m sure we can both agree that the victim of a rape should not be forced to give birth to any child that results. It is not the right of a person to exploit American tax dollars, nor to harm others, but to deny someone the right to protect and control their own bodies is contrary not just to our constitution, but also to any standard of just human rights.

Also, I think people have been blinded by “pro-life rhetoric” to the point where they no can no longer see what “pro-life” really means. Party-line conservative values offer, in Bush’s words, “a culture of life,” that believes in the execution of American citizens, whether innocent or not (125 citizens have been proven innocent after being found guilty and sentenced to death in recent years, a national average of 1%. How can we justify the death penalty if even .01% were innocent? That innocent person could be your mother, father, brother, sister, son, or daughter.)

In addition to the typical stance of Pro-Death Penalty, the stance on gun rights is frightening. I agree with a person’s right to own a gun to hunt, but most don’t serve this purpose. Anything other than hunting rifles–from handguns to military-grade assault weapons–are, by their very purpose and invention, for harming other people. They were created to kill, and that’s what they do.. I agree with the NRA that the problem is not the guns, but the people. But since psychopaths will exist no matter what, wouldn’t it make sense to keep guns out of their hands? Also, gangs and organized crime organizations (cartels, etc.) would hold significantly less power if weapons invented explicitly for attacking other human beings were regulated, or even outlawed? Since guns were invented for the sole purpose of killing others, how can one be pro-life, and pro-guns? or pro-life and pro-Death penalty?

Posted by Teddy | Report as abusive
 

go to sarah palin & the third wave and see for yourself what we are dealing with.

Posted by wade | Report as abusive
 

Who is the nominee for vice president and, president? Well, the Republicans have asked Sarah Heath Palin (born February 11, 1964) as their choice for the two top posts in American government. What are her qualification? I could not find substantive data that would qualify her for Vice President much less President of the United States of America.
Does serving two terms on the Wasilla, Alaska, city council from 1992 to 1996, then won two terms as mayor of Wasilla from 1996 to 2002. qualify her for the top posts in the United States government?
Oh yes, she competed in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year.In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality.
She admits to using marijuana when it was legal in Alaska. What other ‘drugs has she used or will use in the White House?
She received a bachelor of science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987. Palin, graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982, and has lived in Skagway, Eagle River and Wasilla and enjoys a lifetime membership in the NRA (National Rifel Association). Yep, she enjoys hunting
She is pro-life and is a member of Feminists for Life. She opposes same-sex marriage; but, she has stated that she has gay friends, and is receptive to gay and lesbian concerns about discrimination. Receptive but what has she done about the discrimination? Yet she voted for a constitutional ban on gay marriage, in 1998, along with Hawaii.
On July 11, 2008, Palin fired Commissioner of Public Safety, Walt Monegan.[34] According to Monegan, he was fired over his reluctance to fire an Alaska State Trooper involved in a divorce and child custody battle with Palin’s sister, Molly McCann. Palin claimed that she fired Monegan so the Department could head in a “new direction”
With the focus on global warming and attempting to protect the environment Palin espouses drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
Does Palin have the credentials as a diplomat to speak with foreign heads of state on issues of international relevance? I do not believe she does. According to the New York Times, Palin “appears to have traveled very little outside the United States” and in July 2007 had to get a passport before visiting members of the Alaska National Guard in Kuwait.
What are her qualification for be Vice President of the United States of America? I could not find any.

Edward Symonds

Posted by Edward Symonds | Report as abusive
 

I totally predicted an Obama victory…until a week ago.
THINGS HAVE *CHANGED* :)

I love that Sarah stands for women’s issues w/o making women feel like they have to “become men” to be successful/fulfilled in life. I love that she believes that life is sacred. Her voting record proves it. The BLOOD of 45 MILLION terminated defenseless unborn lives is crying out for justice…and justice is coming.

Posted by Julia Grace | Report as abusive
 

Sarah Palin for VP / Hockey Moms for Palin / Coldest State – Hottest Governor
We Love Sarah!

 

How do you “hastle” someone?
Oops! My spelling program just underlined this in red!

Posted by Emily | Report as abusive
 

I wonder why Sarah bother to have the prenatal tests since she is not going to do anything about it. Sheer waste of public funds I would imagine.

Posted by zakk | Report as abusive
 

How on earth does Palin stand for womens’ issues? She is staunchly anti-choice. She didn’t mention a thing about equal pay for equal work during her attack speach. Which womens’ issues does she stand for? What has she does to advocate for women? Being female and a politician is not being an advocate for womens’ issues.

Posted by Alice | Report as abusive
 

The differnce between this hockey mom and a pitt bull is that the pitt bull won’t lie to you.

Posted by Rodger Lemonde | Report as abusive
 

“ABC NEWS” GETS THE FIRST GOVERNOR PALIN INTERVIEW! WHOOPEE!

I WISH SHE HAD TOLD ALL MAINSTREAM ‘BIASED’ MEDIA TO KISS OFF, AFTER THE WAY THEY WENT AFTER HER FAMILY; HOWEVER, SHE IS A STRONG AMERICAN AND WILL DO FINE.

Poor Obama — he’s resorted to calling Sarah a LIAR. This is going to get good sooner than we think. Last week, he sent “30″ lawyers to Alaska to vet Governor Palin! Why? The DNC and biased media never vetted their ‘golden boy’ — if they had, Hillary would be the Democratic candidate.

GOVERNOR PALIN HAS ACTUALLY WORKED FOR THE PEOPLE (AS MAYOR AND AS GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA) AND NOW, OBAMA IS RUNNING AROUND LIKE A CHICKEN WITH IT’S HEAD CUT OFF. WHY IS HE SO SCARED? HE’S COMING ACROSS LIKE A BLUNDERING IDIOT.

GOVENOR SARAH PALIN IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR AND OFFERS A CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!

REGARDING THE “BRIDGE TO NOWHERE” ISSUE:

GOVERNOR PALIN DID NOT ASK FOR THE BRIDGE — NOR DID SHE ASK FOR THE MONEY! SINCE SHE HAS BEEN “GOVERNOR” OF ALASKA, SHE HAS NOT SUPPORTED THIS BRIDGE.

GOVERNORS AND STATE OFFICIALS “DON’T” ASK FOR FEDERAL MONEY (EARMARK MONEY OR PORK) — THAT’S DONE BY “SENATORS” AND “CONGRESSMEN”! WE NEED TO REPLACE THE DO-NOTHING DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS!

TOUCHE!

I’M VOTING FOR THE HONORABLE JOHN S. McCAIN IN NOVEMBER.

Posted by EAST COAST - USA | Report as abusive
 

East coast, you and all the other people who unquestionably buy into the rubbish the republican party are spewing are horrifying from an outsider’s perspective.

Posted by Phillip | Report as abusive
 

Palin is a nut. I don’t want to vote for her just because she’s a woman.

Posted by pat | Report as abusive
 

As the days pass there are bound to be many more revelations about Palin and her family that points to her lack of credentials to be Vice-President and next in line for the presidency if Mr. McCain is unable to perform his duties as president.
It has long been known that her husband, and probably she were both members of a fringe party demanding Alaskan independence from the United States. Should the American public be asked to vote for a vice president who advocated Alaska’s secession from the US?
Her daughter’s boyfriend has stated he’s a f****** redneck and declared ‘I don’t want kids.’
It has been reported in the media that Mrs. Palin laughed repeatedly as a cancer-surviving opponent was described as a ‘cancer’ and a ‘bitch’ during a radio interview.
I ask you, are these the qualities the American public seeks in its Vice-President, and possibly President?
Why are some individual so sexist? Cheering Mrs. Palin on simple because she is a woman. Why not look at qualifications, male or female.

Edward Symonds

Posted by Edward Symonds | Report as abusive
 

I am an grandmother in my sixties and find Sarah Palin to be scary, anti American, anti family and anti children.
It seems that she exploits her children for her political goals and ignores the needs of the children of Alaska.
She doesn’t honor education, she doesn’t study the issues herself and doesn’t care about good education and health care for the children of her state or of this nation.
She doesn’t care about the environment for her children or the children of the world. We don’t need a dictator with lip stick as vice president/or possible president in our white house.

Posted by rose | Report as abusive
 

To upper case East Coast USA.
Liar is a legitimate term for some one who lies.
The big bad media reported what Palin told them about her family. That is reporting not “going after her family”.
Oh and nice try slipping “golden boy” in lower case so your substitute for the ‘n word’ would go unnoticed.
Oh is there more than one John McCain running? The one I see on TV dumped his crippled first wife for a richer prettier model. The honorable John McCain must be hiding.

Posted by Rodger Lemonde | Report as abusive
 

East Coast – USA

The Honorable John S. McCain wants to raise all of our taxes. His health care plan details includes taxing employer based heath plans. Thats ~$221 Billion in new taxes are year!

Palin did support the bridges before she denounced them, that is a fact. Palin increased Wasilla spending while in office by 33% while expanding the town sales tax to include food. She hired DC lobbyist and secured 27 million in pork for the town of Wasilla’s 6000 residents. With her spending increases, she left the town some 20 million in debt.

Posted by Joe from Alaska | Report as abusive
 

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