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Palin Asks for Prayers That War Be "Task That Is From God"

By Juliet Eilperin
When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivers a formal address to the nation tomorrow night accepting the GOP vice presidential nomination, it's unlikely to resemble the free-form commencement address she gave in June to a class of commission students at the Wasilla Assembly of God.

The liberal blog Huffington Post has posted a video of the speech, which gives a sense of how Palin used to speak to hometown audiences. Casually dressed in a zippered jacket and short black skirt, Palin exhorted congregants to pray so she could realize her public policy goals.

"I can do my part in doing things like working really, really hard to get a natural gas pipeline, a $30 billion dollar project that's going to create a lot of jobs for people in Alaska, and we're going to have a lot of energy flowing through here -- and pray about that also -- 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 told them, "but I can do my job there, in developing our natural resources, and doing things like getting the roads paved, and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms, their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded. But really, all that stuff doesn't do any good if the people of Alaska's heart isn't right with God."

Switching to the war in Iraq, Palin told the group of students that they should not only pray for men and women in the military but to make sure the leaders of this country are sending U.S. soldiers "out on a task that is from God. 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."

Observing that the audience looked hipper than the typical religious group -- "You guys are all a cool-looking bunch of Christians" -- she confided that she was initially alarmed to learn that her eldest son had gotten a tattoo but became mollified because "he's got a big old Jesus fish" as a tattoo.

"I love you guys, and thank you so much for dedicating your lives to Jesus Christ," she said, concluding her speech.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 2, 2008; 3:57 PM ET
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Comments

I do not think that candidates should use their positions in public office to promote their religious beliefs. But I would rather side with a candidate who believes that God does bless America than one who thinks that God damns America.

Posted by: Larry in California | September 9, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Holy Cow! Did you know that Abe Lincoln and our founding fathers were right wing Nazi fundie religious loonie toons like Palin?
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"It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. 'Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.' If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said 'the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether'.

-- Abe Lincoln

Posted by: ROTFL | September 8, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

I agree w/the poster below about Mike W as the voice of reason.

Comments like the ones below serve only to illustrate the hostility and bigotry of the far left toward people of faith. Which is why a lot of Christians end up voting Republican as the lesser of two evils.
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It seems that Mike W (9/5/ 2:20 PM) is the only poster who can read. Most of the rest are too consumed with their own form of zealotry to be able to comprehend their native language.

Posted by: Nobama | September 8, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

I find the comments here really puzzling...asking people to pray for you in your endeavors is 'radical' and 'scary'?

If you think Palin is a radical lunatic for requesting prayer and for believing God has an interest in world affairs then you might as well slap that label on most Christians and Muslims who actually believe and practice their faith.

Personally I like the woman and plan to vote for McCain-Palin.

Posted by: DT | September 8, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

It seems that Mike W (9/5/ 2:20 PM) is the only poster who can read. Most of the rest are too consumed with their own form of zealotry to be able to comprehend their native language.

Posted by: bmarlowe | September 7, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Palin's words, ideas, ideology are scary on there own. So I don't understand why this columnist, Juliet Eilperin, thinks she needs to throw in what Palin was wearing; "Casually dressed in a zippered jacket and short black skirt,"
Some people will read that as sexist and dismiss the more important parts of the column.

Posted by: bruvec | September 5, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

If this lady becomes President of the US, we are cooked, done, finished.

Posted by: wilso127 | September 5, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Please God, rid us of the Palin trailer trash.

Posted by: Mike | September 4, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a religious lunatic. For some reason, in the United States people elect religious lunatics to political office. Then the people are puzzled about why disaster ensues. Come on now, people! Think it through before you vote this time!

McCain and Palin's term of office, if you elect them: (1) a third war (with Iran), to add to the two disastrous wars we're already mired in. (2) four more years of total inaction on global warming and climate change (Palin believes that climate change "is not caused by human activity"). (3) John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsberg retire from the Supreme Court to be replaced by two more Antonin Scalias -- kiss your remaining rights good-bye!

Posted by: Tom in California | September 4, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Alleged pictures of PART-TIME hockey mom Sarah Palin's daughter have surfaced....

...showing pregnant (16-year-old at the time) Bristol Palin DRINKING AND ENGAGING in what appears to be LESBIAN INNUENDO....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwvt_8CLFWg

Posted by: Nichols | September 4, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Let's nominate Michael Palin from Monty Python's Flying Circus!

Posted by: NOT MCCAIN | September 3, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, if it was God's will that Sarah Palin become governor of Alaska, why would He stop there? Maybe her surprise nomination for VP is in His divine plan as well. But since God doesn't deal in half-measures, maybe His inscrutable plan is for Sarah Palin to become President! Since she is the possible VP, all it would take is one little thing to happen to McCain, if they win...

John, if I were you, I would surely be worried about "God's plans for Sarah Palin"...

Posted by: TJ | September 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I am not religous by any means but I don't find any thing offensive in what she actually said as oppossed to the interpreation as cited above. She did not say that the war is god's plan. Rather, she prayed for the soldiers and to pray that they were acting within god's plan. To not see the difference is to say that a general church prayer asking that we follow god's will and devine plan in all our actions means that every activity we thereafter do is god's plan - good or bad. Sure, she mentioned the soldiers but every church asks for prayers for the soldiers. By attacking her on these grounds, as oppossed to legitimate grounds such as policy and experience, the left only strengthens the resolve those who actually vote.

Posted by: Mike W | September 3, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin doesn't care about polar bears.

Posted by: Kanye West | September 3, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

We as a people ought to be ashamed of ourselves if we do not keep McCain/Palin out of office. I'm sick and tired of the perversion of the Christ Message. To anyone that will listen: I'm a Christian and I want you to know that we are not all nuts!!!

Posted by: Fed Up | September 3, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It's almost too sad to imagine what our country might be like if a bunch of old white guys continue to believe that they are the America of the world. Their convention is boring. Sarah Palin's drama is awesome. No Hillary Supporter is going to vote for this chick just because she had some babies a few times. She shouldn't have lied about her daughter's first pregnancy and she shouldn't have hired lobbyists if she wanted to be considered a Maverick. Poor John McCain has been reduced to infancy. If he had truly began considering her in February surely he would have seen that she was "pregnant". Surely he would have figured "Well this lady is about to have a newborn, do I really want that down the hall from the oval office? Yes...I'm a Sidekick!" These poor deluded racists...Don't they remember that George W. Bush's grandfather provided the Jewish people who created weapons for the Third Reich? Don't they remember how Al Gore won in the year 2000? I was 15...I remember. Don't they remember the bombs that people heard at the base of the Twin Towers. How much can they shield us from our own curiosity. Where are their black people, their Spanish, asian, indian, guam...ese?, japanese, young people? The people that supported the 21 year olds of the world were so young they needed parental supervision. How many freethinking, open-minded, diverse and cultured people would attend their convention of their own volition and once there remain for the duration. They have no substance, no issues, no plans. Everything is okay as long as old white people still have giant earrings like the Bush women. Could McCain's adopted daughter have been more bored when clapping for her own father? She actually had to strap a magnet to her palms just to get them to react. I'm ranting, yes but c'mon. Look at the group of people they bring together. Ask yourself if thousands of white guys in bad suits on cell phones leaping in the air to get face time on CNN and their dutiful wives who mind the children and bend over on command truly represent the America we have grown to be. Could they rally 75,000 German people of all ethnicities who could stand side by side and feel blemished by the touch of another ethnicity?
I know the initial article had nothing to do with racism but I just watched the Convention and as a multiracial, 21 year old woman I felt extremely unrepresented and it is clear why. They are not looking for me, my opinions or my vote. They're ready towage a war against a law that has been putting in place to protect the individual rights of our human citizens which include woman who might not be ready to care for a child when their house is in foreclosure and their boyfriend just lost his job and her first kid is throwing up blood all over the groceries. The Republicans were well represented tonight.
As to Sarah Palin, I would assume it obvious that she would have such fanatical views. She lied to her town about what their eyeballs were actually seeing when she told them she was seven months pregnant before she remembered to add the pillow to her wardrobe. She claimed that she cared about the people of a town everyone was quick to call "Nowhere" and here she is doing a fine job of paving a new one for she and her "Republican base". I find it interesting that the maverick, who goes across party lines when she feels so compelled is rejuvenating and exciting their geriatric "base". Wouldn't that means that her principals are strongly rooted in a like-minded viewpoint which she shares with her Bush loving party. She needs to stay home and consider how her daughter had eight months worth of mono, three traffic tickets during this strange "extended case", and somehow became healthy enough to be able to run off and get pregnant again by a guy who wants to play Hockey forever. The first picture I saw of him was with another girl draped over his back. Yet Sarah Palin on behalf of the conservative right wing has told him that he will be getting married and having one of those kids he doesn't want.
I'm sorry for what happened to John McCain and I wish no harm to him or his family or those of the Palin's or anyone in the world for that matter including Bush while discluding Cheney. However, it is not a stretch to assume that being a prisoner, held captive, beaten, kept in solitary confinement for two years...might leave someone with a little postpartum or y'know recurring nightmares, bedwetting, decision making malfunction, short term common sense loss, long term intelligence loss, oldness, melanoma, leaving wife for younger, hotter, richer, colder robot. Yes Palin should step down for the sake of the embarrassment she will continue to cause herself but first she shoudl tell us all about her 11 hour flight while leaking amniotic fluid onto her husband's foot and concluding in a 45 minute drive to a less equipped hospital for this special needs child who mattered so much he couldn't be safely born with no concerns in a hospital in texas. Or how about not traveling to make energy speeches while bristol has "mono" and is giving birth to your grandchild. What did she take care of her younger siblings while her muscles ached and her throat and uterine glands swelled and caused her immense pain? Bristol keep looking beautiful loving your baby and don't let Sarah take opportune pictures without bothering to put down her cell phone holding the infant. We know you love your child and your mother and it's sad that she will be remembered for all this drama but she could have said "Thanks but no thanks" on this new Bridge to National Infamy.
Rant with me at verucamadison.com

Posted by: Amber | September 3, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

This is the video that will have ended up sinking her.

I don't even care that she is linking the Iraq war to God's mission, what really bothers me is her talking about prophecy and then standing next to a crying preacher who is talking about getting ready for the end-times and that Alaska is prophesied as the place where people will gather for that.

Prophesies?

She is not going near the button. No way! No how! No McCain!

Just say no to destroying the world!

Posted by: K Ackermann | September 2, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

"Sad" for you perhaps.

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

The sad part is that John Mccain may still win the election because of Evangelical support.

Posted by: sam69 | September 2, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse


I, Sarah Palin, do solemnly swear

to publicly encourage the

teaching of evolution in

Christian academies and home

schools, because students should

be taught the alternatives.

So help me God.

Posted by: Ed Myob | September 2, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I could care less about Sara Palin's, shall we say, intense view of religion.

What I care about is her policy positions and the chance of her being able to enact those policies should such a circumstance arise.

It is her extreme viewpoints on policy positions that really scares me and should scare every sentient being on this planet.

As was stated by a previous commentor: "The separation of church and state is not to eliminate religion. Just the opposite. It is so everyone can believe as they choose without punishment from the government". Well guess what, under a Palin adminstration you wouldn't be able to believe as you choose without punishment from the government... for example if you don't happen to subscribe to her religious belief of "life begins at coneception".

Posted by: Steve | September 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

You Americans should control your own brand of talibans (the so-called evangelicals) at home instead of sending your army fight a crazy war that has nothing to do with God. So Palin believes that Irak's war, the pipeline, the cop cars, uniforms and cars, the road pavement are part of 'God's plan'. What a religious nut! The simple fact that such a nitwit has reached the position of state governor is an indicator of the sad state of American politics. And now, she has been 'selected' to be candidate for VP. I never imagined that the Republican Party could sink so low.

French Canadian

Posted by: French Canadian | September 2, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Which "god" exactly does Palin think wanted Cheney and his Bush puppet to waste U.S. soldiers' lives and our tax dollars to murder innocent Iraqis, steal Iraq's oil and help al-Qaida recruit more homicidal religious zealots? What an idiot. Hard to distinguish her kind from the muslim fanatics.

Posted by: Bonobo | September 2, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

What concerns me is Palin's on-stage "nod" to the notion that the end days are near and that prophecy suggests that Americans will flock to Alaska for refuge and that she must prepare for that day to receive us. Apparently Palin and the Wasilla Assembly of God have had big plans for the rest of us for some time!

Posted by: nachtstucke777 | September 2, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . ."

Posted by: First Ammendment | September 2, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

she is an ignorant 'cracker' - or whatever crackers are in Alaska, mukluks or moosecuppers or whatever the fark....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The separation of church and state is not to eliminate religion. Just the opposite. It is so everyone can believe as they choose without punishment from the government.

Posted by: digby2 | September 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

How and when will she know if it's God's plan? Will he tell her when 5,000 more Americans are dead? How do we find out if it is God's plan or not? What do we do if God tells her it was not his plan? Pray harder? How could it happen if it wasn't God's plan? Then it was God's plan, right? So why do we pray that it was God's plan? Call the boys in the white coats. This one is a certified loony.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The concept of the separation of church and state goes all the way back to Plymouth Colony and men like William Brewster and William Bradford and they did not waver in their belief that it was the right way. Brewster ought to know. If he had stayed in England he might have had his head chopped off.

Posted by: digby2 | September 2, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

There is no separation of church and state in the Constitution. Errggghhhh, why can't people get that right? Look it up. The only thing in the Constitution is about preventing a state run government. The thought of separation of church and state came from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to a Baptist minister. Repeat after me, there is no separation of church and state in the Constitution. And, Jesus will rightly judge those who call on his name to pander to politics. The only real question is, where will you spend eternity.

Posted by: henwhisperer | September 2, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse


Democrats reject women.
Republicans embrace them.
The proof is on the ticket.

Posted by: Mike Thomas | September 2, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I just read Lincoln's address. Lincoln says it is impossible for us (any man) to know the will of God. He said all we can do is pray. He didn't say that he always expected to answer his prayers. In fact he says he doesn't know whether they will be answer. And finally he says we must use our own brains to determine the right thing to do as best he could with the ability God gave us. Thats why we have free choice.

Posted by: digby2 | September 2, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a "Lunatic":

Did you see my quote, below, from Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

so much for separation of church and state.

Posted by: Palin joke | September 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a LUNATIC. She said, "I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," and regarding the Iraq war, Palin asked students to pray that we're "out on a task that is from God. 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."

I mean come on... I happen to be Christian, but God's will has nothing to do with the will of the Bush administration and any politicians here in America. It's the will of the people, democracy, etc.. not God.

Posted by: Palin is a Lunatic | September 2, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, Jim, you wanted to know about Palin's views on God and country -- I'm sure she would accept an invite for another Saddleback Civil Forum -- I doubt Joe Biden would though ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I do not know if Biden would agree to another debate with Warren. And I don't know either of them.

Posted by: Jim | September 2, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Jim:

Do you think Joe Biden will agree to a dual interview by Rick Warren?

Shrubhater:

"POLAR BEARS"?! Really? You think ANY of McCain's target voters have POLAR BEARS on their Top 100 Most Important Issues?!

LOL

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin needs to explain fully her views on war and God. When someone says they want to do the will of God with respect to the country and war is the point where she is definately stepping over the line as far as the separation of church and state. Therefor any questions about her religious views are definately far game. She sounds delusional and she is dangerous. If the founders of our country said they wanted to do the will of God which some I know would not use the phrase or they knew the difference between reality and delusion. And if I might say so were much deeper thinkers than she is.

Posted by: Jim | September 2, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin's record: What ADN has said
Posted by Matt Zencey, editorial page editor
Posted: September 2, 2008 - 2:19 pm

How well has Sarah Palin done during her 21 months as Alaska’s governor? Here are excerpts of Daily News editorials about some major issues and challenges during her tenure.

THE FISCAL RECORD

Aug. 5, 2008
The last time the legislature’s spending impulses got so far out of control, Gov. Sarah Palin stepped in to exercise some “adult supervision” with her veto pen.
That probably won’t happen this time -- because Palin helped start the frenzy.
She floated a plan to give every bona fide Alaskan $1,200 worth of energy debit cards over the next year. Add in electricity subsidies and a holiday on the state’s 8-cent-a-gallon gas tax, and Gov. Palin invited lawmakers to spend more than $1 billion.
The party was on.

May 24, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin cut $268 million from the capital budget on Friday. That’s a lot of money, but still less than 10 percent of the entire $3 billion capital budget.
For the most part, the cuts make sense. . . The governor’s cuts weren’t perfect, but by and large she was right to stick with her criteria and cut accordingly.

July 16, 2007
Gov. Sarah Palin struck a modest blow for fiscal restraint with her $231 million of vetoes to this year’s near-record capital budget.
The governor didn’t show the same discipline with the operating budget, though. She let that $6.6 billion of spending slide through unscathed, even though months earlier she said she’d seek $150 million in budget cuts.

OIL TAX REFORM

Nov. 18, 2007
It took almost all of a 30-day special session, but the Alaska Legislature passed a financially responsible fix to Alaska’s corruption-tainted oil tax.
The final measure went beyond Governor Palin’s proposal, with tighter deductions, stricter enforcement provisions and a steeper windfall profits surcharge. . . .
To pass any reform, Republican Gov. Sarah Palin needed cross-party support from Democrats. To the Democrats’ credit, they backed away from plans to return to a tax on gross oil production instead of profits. To the governor’s credit, she was flexible enough to accept significant enhancements in her initial proposal.

OPENNESS IN GOVERNMENT

May 18, 2007
Gov. Sarah Palin got elected pledging to change the way business was being done in Juneau. Her commitment to open, transparent government is a stark contrast to the prevailing ethic in the Alaska Legislature.

June 6, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin won office with the promise of running an open and transparent government. But when it comes to the state’s work on the polar bear conservation controversy, her administration is closed and opaque….
She should intervene and let Alaskans hear or see what state scientists had to say (about the global warming threat to polar bears)-- before the politicians got involved.

ALASKA’S $500 MILLION
NATURAL GAS LINE PARTNERSHIP

June 15, 2008
The Palin administration has good reason to push for an independently-owned gas pipeline from the North Slope.

June 8, 2008
The $500 million (that Gov. Palin needs to finance her proposed natural gas pipeline deal) buys Alaska a way to break that hammerlock on our gas. It buys Alaska an experienced, multibillion-dollar partner that can help get our gas produced sooner, on terms that protect Alaska’s interests.

May 29, 2008
Gov. Palin’s gas line team did an impressive amount of homework before recommending a state gas pipeline license for TransCanada Alaska.

TROOPERGATE

July 22, 2008
it’s clear the governor should have supervised her family more closely and made sure they, or any members of her administration, did not use official channels to press the family’s complaints.
The big question is whether (public safety commissioner) Monegan was sacked for not doing the Palins’ bidding and firing Trooper Wooten. If so, that would be an abuse of office. . . .
An impartial investigator will have a lot more credibility than politically charged legislative hearings.
Let an investigator sort it out.

Aug. 21, 2008
Gov. Palin’s ethically compromised aide Frank Bailey gets to stay on the state payroll, despite doing dirty work on the governor’s behalf (in the trooper scandal), but she gives the hook to the ethically upright public safety commissioner who refused to do Bailey’s bidding.
What kind of message does that send to Alaskans?

July 24, 2008
If it comes to the point that you have to say, “I am not a sex harasser,” then you have no business being the state’s top cop. The facts unfolding about new Public Safety Commissioner Chuck Kopp confirm that he is not the person for the job. . . .
Gov. Sarah Palin should withdraw the appointment and take time to carefully vet possible replacements before choosing a new commissioner. If she doesn’t, the Legislature should reject his appointment.
Kopp was quickly appointed the day after the governor fired Walt Monegan -- and the firing is proving to be a political disaster for Palin in its own right, regardless of who might replace him. For no apparent reason, she sacked a popular career cop with a reputation as a straight shooter.

PALIN’S FIRST LEGISLATIVE SESSION

May 18, 2007
From beginning to end, the first session of the 25th Alaska Legislature was a personal triumph for Gov. Sarah Palin.Legislators, after initial reluctance, approved her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) with only occasional whimpered doubts. …
Ethics reform, sneered at by a few lawmakers and many lobbyists, is now a reality. Gov. Palin’s fingerprints are all over the bill and to the public she is the face of ethics reform. . . .
Alaska’s rookie governor had a heckuva first legislative session.

GAY RIGHTS

Dec. 30, 2006
Despite her personal views to the contrary, she announced she would accept the state Supreme Court order that the state must provide benefits to same-sex partners….
It’s unfortunate that the Legislature and Gov. Palin support a million-dollar special advisory election in April to stir up public opinion on prohibiting benefits for same-sex partners of public employees. Less than one-half of one percent of state employees have applied for the benefits, and it certainly seems that Alaska has more important issues to debate than this.

POLAR BEARS

May 28, 2008
Alaska’s political leaders generally condemned the listing of the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.Gov. Sarah Palin joined the deniers and plans to launch a legal counteroffensive. The state will file suit against the listing decision, she says, because the science is “uncertain,” “unproven” and “arbitrary.” …
All this oppositional energy and effort is sadly misplaced. Instead of fighting the listing, Alaska’s political leaders should be fighting to reduce the threat of global warming.

Posted by: Shrubhater | September 2, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

A public official attempting to benefit the general public (her constituancy) with better schools, pipelines, better roads, etc, takes the attitude that she would covet their prayers as she attemmpts this, and this is a BAD THING?

Posted by: Tim | September 2, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This woman is dangerous. I do not want a person being president whose first reaction may be to pull the trigger. If she thinks she knows the will of God and plans on doing the will of God, as only she must think she knows, I especially do not want he as president. Her stated beliefs are delusional. Delusional and dangerous. I am appalled at McCain.

Posted by: Jim | September 2, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I thought that Anderson Cooper was gay?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 6:13 PM
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In the words of the Great Cheney.....SO!

Posted by: :-) | September 2, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I thought that Anderson Cooper was gay?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Anderson Cooper:
"Now we go to God for comment"

God: "Hi Anderson...Well what can I say..Sarah's got it totally right. You know I have been for the pipeline for a long time now. Back in Judea I had declared to 'Drill here and drill now!'..If people heeded my suggestion we would not be in the energy crisis that exists today."

Anderson Cooper: "Yes.. but what do you think about Sarah Palin? Do you think she has been vetted enough? Do you have any insight into her past."

God: "Now Anderson..You know that is privileged conversation...But I can tell you she has a tattoo on her lower back that says 'This Butt's for you!'"

Posted by: :-) | September 2, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

MikeS, you got the wrong Martin Luther King as being a Republican. Try Senior, not Junior.

Junior was non-political publicly.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, the GOP Fundamentalists believe that we're fighing God's war Iraq (and Iran?) and the Islamic Jihaddists also believe that they are fighting God's war there.

Can God make a war so big that He couldn't win?

Maybe the Fundamentalists are right about Armageddon.

Posted by: Never Again! | September 2, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Time for the Draft again.

Let's start with the card-carrying Fundamentalists.

If it's God's War that they want, let them fight it.

And the gas pipeline is God's will. Whew!

How kookie is this broad?

Posted by: Never Again? | September 2, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Fitness for office is not a concern for Republicans. They support Bush who is among the notable few least competent to serve. McCain has a chance to choose someone decent and like Richard Nixon he chose his "Spiro Agnew"

Prayers for Bristol Palin should be made, but for her special needs child, Trig, it will require more than prayers, it will require a parent that will attend to the needs of that child. Neither her husband nor her are willing to make the sacrifice so they are unfit parents. What the parents need is spiritual guidance for they have lost their way in her quest for political power.

McCain has shown that he does not have the courage of his convictions. What right does he have to ask for our vote.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

So she's saying God is specifically intervening to get a natural gas pipe-line built? And all the good pork that comes with it. Believe in god- he brings energy and supports the big natural resource companies who we love in Alaska. God and the oil companies - the two guiding lights of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: bluemeanies | September 2, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh. Our. God.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

This woman's church is a terrorist organization! She belongs to a terrorist group! Be afraid America! Be Afraid! Her church and her religious beliefs are those of a terrorist organization!

How dare they ask us to let this woman with a bunch of "gun totting rednecks" even think about running this wonderful country! She is a terrorist! America is now in orange security mode....Terrorist alert

Posted by: Lucy | September 2, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

You people are clueless. How can you find anything like that objectionable. She simply said to pray to make sure, in essence, that we are doing the right thing.

Huh? I'm more concerned about Obama's former pastor and the utopian socialist liberation theology that robs every individual of their basic dignity.

Thanks for revealing your foolishness for all to see.

Posted by: Albacheeser | September 2, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, True enough! The two greatest civil rights figures in U.S. history were Republicans - Lincoln and Martin Luther King.

At least Palin doesn't just pay lip service to her faith, like Joe Biden's untenable pro-choice Catholicism stance. And the early leaders of our country were people of strong faith - I believe we survived quite well.

Posted by: MikeS | September 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

What Is With These People??

If they took more than a nanosecond to consider the basis for any Christian faith they have to believe that man is possessed a free will. Their vision of a puppet-master right-wing Jesus is so far from anything in Scripture that you have to wonder about the size of their brains.

Posted by: Cheryl R | September 2, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

If I were a sleazy Republican prostitute of Big Oil, putting money and my own personal interests before God and the well being of my community....I'd go to Church EVERY Sunday...sit in the FRONT ROW...sing the LOUDEST and use the word "Jesus" in every other sentence.

Posted by: Huh? | September 2, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

And this woman would control our nukes if Grandpa McBush couldn't live through his first term?!?!

Can you imagine her firing off a few at Moscow because it was a "task from God"?

Un-freaking-believable.

Posted by: Paige Palmer | September 2, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Karen Willrett:

Have you heard of this President named Abraham Lincoln and a little thing called the Civil War?

"It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. 'Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.' If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said 'the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether'.

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Prayers are not what is needed. Good old parental responsibility is.

Bistol's predicament should not be in the public spotlight. The behavior of her mother who has a special needs child who is willing to take on the responsibility of the vice president is open to question. Had her husband shown a willingness to stop his job to take on the responsibility of child rearing that Sarah did not, a different conclusion could be reached. This nomination was not properly thought out by either McCain or Palin and McCain's ad hoc approach is reminiscent of Bush and Hurricane Katrina. The Republicans are so enmeshed in there political situation that the practicalities of vetting and child rearing has been totally neglected.

John McCain is unable to make a deliberative decision, he does things by hit or miss. If that is not a third Bush term, I do not know what is.

Posted by: RG | September 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I think the GOP's vision of Jesus has morphed into a Gordon Gecko kind of thing....greed is good...you can never have enough...if you're poor, you probably deserve it....

I guess you can serve God and Mammon....at least by the looks of all their religious "leaders" you can....


WWRJD?

http://media.photobucket.com/image/republican%20jesus/jebratcher/republican_jesus.jpg?o=2

Posted by: Earl | September 2, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Muslim fundamentalists have nothing on these people. | September 2, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Palin announces national Kool-Aid plan!...with the magic GOP Kool-aid, to be made available to all, there will be no need for education, colleges, science, liberals, democrats, muslims, poor people, social security, health care, etc.

Everyone will be magically transported to a place where we are ALL HAPPY, making big piles of cash and driving around with JESUS in his shiny, new Hummer....have you seen it since he had the steer horns put on the front hood? It's bad...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/2/142031/1310/280/583488

Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | September 2, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Support the Taliban. Vote McCain/Palin 2008. Because western secularism is an affront to Allah and must be turned back.

Posted by: GOP | September 2, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Goofy Bobby Jindal got his start as an amateur exorcist.

These Wingnut people feel the federal government should take on demons somehow. Would that be the job of the Army or the FBI? Or would they start a new Inquisition, and torture confessions out of people like in Salem Mass? Because that is surely the direction these guys are heading.

Posted by: astral99 | September 2, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's right in line with the president who started the war in Iraq. Bush told the Palestinian foreign minister that he heard a voice of God telling him to start a war.

When will we stop putting unmedicated schizophrenics up for the highest office in the land?

Posted by: Mark | September 2, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This is fanatical. There is a very good reason why we have a separation of Church and State, because people like Palin and George W. Bush believe they are on a mission from God.

This should be a game-ender.

Posted by: Karen Willrett | September 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

This lady is very scary.

Poor america!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow.

Posted by: Jesus | September 2, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The situation this is most analogous to is the nomination of Harriet Miers and that candidate withdrew. In this case it is only decent human beings who want a responsible presidential nominee who are offended, the radical fringe of the Republican Party do not care whether she is properly vetted or not as long as she meets their litmus test on abortion. Whether Mrs Palin is a fit mother is at least open to question and that does fit in with the appropriateness of this nomination.

Mrs Palin should withdraw and if she persists in running John McCain should be defeated at the polls for being unable to carry out his responsibilities competently

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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