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New York Times: Palin left the Pentecostal Church because it was “too extreme” – Associated Press: “Palin did not push creation science as governor”

Posted by iusbvision on September 6, 2008

UPDATE: Washington Post is out with more lies and personal attacks. This time from David Ignatious who writes for the Washington Post and the AP:

I’m sorry, but this is an American family portrait I like. I know all the reasons to be worried. Palin is breathtakingly unqualified to be president, and the idea that we would have someone in the White House who wants to overturn science and teach creationism in our public schools is, well, terrifying. McCain is too old and too prone to zingers to be an ideal commander in chief, his bravery and sense of honor notwithstanding.  …

All this nonsense has been proven wrong already. I sent this joker an email asking for a retraction so we will see. This is what journalism has turned into folks.

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I must say that I am pleasantly surprised as I scanned the news wires that some in the elite media have decided to take back some of their credibility and write some straight journalism without editorializing in it or presenting it with a propagandizing attitude.

And now two more lies about Palin by the Democrats bite the dust.

The New York Times and the AP, two of the planet’s biggest offenders when it comes to pushing the reputation of journalists below that of bail bondsman and lawyers, each had a dispassionate and informative article about governor Palin today.

Let us start with the AP story:

Palin has not pushed creation science as governor

By DAN JOLING – 2 days ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – As a candidate for governor, Sarah Palin called for teaching creationism alongside evolution in public schools. But after Alaska voters elected her, Palin, now Republican John McCain’s presidential running mate, kept her campaign pledge to not push the idea in the schools.

As for her personal views on evolution, Palin has said, “I believe we have a creator.” But she has not made clear whether her belief also allowed her to accept the theory of evolution as fact.

“I’m not going to pretend I know how all this came to be,” she has been quoted as saying.

When asked during a televised debate in 2006 about evolution and creationism, Palin said, according to the Anchorage Daily News: “Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both.”

In a subsequent interview with the Daily News, Palin said discussion of alternative views on the origins of life should be allowed in Alaska classrooms. “I don’t think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum,” she said.

“It’s OK to let kids know that there are theories out there. They gain information just by being in a discussion.”

Palin said during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign that if she were elected, she would not push the state Board of Education to add creation-based alternatives to the state’s required curriculum, or look for creationism advocates when she appointed board members.

Palin’s children attend public schools and Palin has made no push to have creationism taught in them.

Neither have Palin’s socially conservative personal views on issues like abortion and gay marriage been translated into policies during her 20 months as Alaska’s chief executive. It reflects a hands-off attitude toward mixing government and religion by most Alaskans.

“She has basically ignored social issues, period,” said Gregg Erickson, an economist and columnist for the Alaska Budget Report.

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And now the New York Times Story:

By KIRK JOHNSON and KIM SEVERSON

WASILLA, Alaska – Shortly after taking office as governor in 2006, Sarah Palin sent an e-mail message to Paul E. Riley, her former pastor in the Assembly of God Church, which her family began attending when she was a youth. She needed spiritual advice in how to do her new job, said Mr. Riley, who is 78 and retired from the church.

“She asked for a biblical example of people who were great leaders and what was the secret of their leadership,” Mr. Riley said.

He wrote back that she should read again from the Old Testament the story of Esther, a beauty queen who became a real one, gaining the king’s ear to avert the slaughter of the Jews and vanquish their enemies. When Esther is called to serve, God grants her a strength she never knew she had.

Mr. Riley said he thought Ms. Palin had lived out the advice as governor, and would now do so again as the Republican Party’s vice-presidential nominee.

“God has given her the opportunity to serve,” he said. “And God has given her the strength to carry out her goals.”

In the address at the Assembly of God Church here, Ms. Palin’s ease in talking about the intersection of faith and public life was clear. Among other things, she encouraged the group of young church leaders to pray that “God’s will” be done in bringing about the construction of a big pipeline in the state, and suggested her work as governor would be hampered “if the people of Alaska’s heart isn’t right with God.”

She also told the group that her eldest child, Track, would soon be deployed by the Army to Iraq, and that they should pray “that our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God, that’s what we have to make sure we are praying for, that there is a plan, and that plan is God’s plan.”

[What Palin has said here is a staple of Christian doctrine and is least understood by non-Christians. What it means is that she is not claiming that God is on our side, because such a position is too prideful. Rather we should humble ourselves and pray and strive for us to be on God’s side. Most of the Founding Fathers shared this exact point of view – Chuck Norton]

One of the musical directors at the church, Adele Morgan, who has known Ms. Palin since the third grade, said the Palins moved to the nondenominational Wasilla Bible Church in 2002, in part because its ministry is less “extreme” than Pentecostal churches like the Assemblies of God…

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One Response to “New York Times: Palin left the Pentecostal Church because it was “too extreme” – Associated Press: “Palin did not push creation science as governor””

  1. Vickey Silvers said

    I am an editor for Christian.com which is a social network dedicated to the christian community. As I look through your web site I feel a collaboration is at hand. I would be inclined to acknowledge your website offering it to our users as I’m sure our Pentecostal audience would benefit from what your site has to offer. I look forward to your thoughts or questions regarding the matter.

    Vicky Silvers
    vicky.silvers@gmail.com

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