Governor Palin’s Faith

David Talbot has an article on Salon.com today investigating Gov. Palin’s faith.  Apparently several other journalists attended Palin’s church yesterday and the congregation was warned from the pulpit not to talk to any journalists.

I had some Pentecostal friends as a child and even then I thought they were a bit extreme.  (And I was raised as a Baptist, so that’s saying something!)  They believe the Bible is the literal word of God, that the earth is 6,000 years old and dinosaurs and humans roamed the planet at the same time, and, most frighteningly, they believe in the End Times.  So, global warming and nuclear wars are all good because they accelerate the End Times and will only hasten the time when they will be united with Christ and live happily ever after.  You can check The Rapture Index to find out that as of today, the index is at “162 = fasten your seat belts,” Jesus could be here any day.

From Talbot’s article:

In 1996, evangelical churches mounted a vigorous campaign to take over the local hospital’s community board and ban abortion from the valley. When they succeeded, Bess and Dr. Susan Lemagie, a Palmer OB-GYN, fought back, filing suit on behalf of a local woman who had been forced to travel to Seattle for an abortion. The case was finally decided by the Alaska Supreme Court, which ruled that the hospital must provide valley women with the abortion option.

At one point during the hospital battle, passions ran so hot that local antiabortion activists organized a boisterous picket line outside Dr. Lemagie’s office, in an unassuming professional building across from Palmer’s Little League field. According to Bess and another community activist, among the protesters trying to disrupt the physician’s practice that day was Sarah Palin.

[…]

“I pushed her on the earth’s creation, whether it was really less than 7,000 years old and whether dinosaurs and humans walked the earth at the same time. And she said yes, she’d seen images somewhere of dinosaur fossils with human footprints in them.”

Munger also asked Palin if she truly believed in the End of Days, the doomsday scenario when the Messiah will return. “She looked in my eyes and said, ‘Yes, I think I will see Jesus come back to earth in my lifetime.'”

Bess is unnerved by the prospect of Palin — a woman whose mind is given to dogmatic certitude — standing one step away from the Oval Office. “It’s truly frightening that someone like Sarah has risen to the national level,” Bess said. “Like all religious fundamentalists — Christian, Jewish, Muslim — she is a dualist. They view life as an ongoing struggle to the finish between good and evil. Their mind-set is that you do not do business with evil — you destroy it. Talking with the enemy is not part of their plan. That puts someone like Obama on the side of evil.

As Pastor Bess says in this article we shouldn’t be as worried by the fact that Palin is unfamiliar with the Bush Doctrine.  But we should be worried that her mindset is such that “you do not do business with evil – you destroy it.”

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