I’ll post more thoughts tomorrow about what I like and dislike about Sarah Palin. Speaking with the press [Seattle Post Intelligencer in this case] is always interesting: you say tons of stuff and it get deduced to a sentence or two. At least, Leah Klug, one of our pastors actually got a paragraph and a front page picture of her suddenly looking really holy. [And no, your eyes are not deceiving you. Leah has long hair, feminine facial features, and is actually a woman. Oh the scandal of female pastors!]
How do you feel about Sarah Palin? On the eve of the most important debate of her life – which not only will make its mark on this election but in my opinion, will determine her future political aspiration…
Here’s one nice opinion from the Seattle PI blog that clearly proves my point that there are so many misperceptions and baggage about the large umbrella of evangelical Christians. Thoughts?
Who gives a rip what these Dark Age knuckle-draggers think? I’m tired of listening to these bozo evangelicals and their bigoted deranged Stone Age discussions about “faith” and politics. Give me a friggin’ break!
Just because charlatans like Fallwell, Dobson, and Robertson got them all wound up over Reagan’s attempt to establish a faux-constituents in the 80’s, by pandering to these easily deceived sycophants, is no reason to keep asking them about their opinions!
I’m friggin’ sick of their opinions, because in my opinion, people so poorly educated with regard to such irrefutables as science should not get press time.
Can we get some other demographics opinion for a change? Heck, what about Latino Roman Catholics, or Quakers, or Dutch Reformists, Scientologists, Buddhists, Atheists, Agnostics, Shintoists… why must we always hear the nonsense from these ridiculously intellectually backward people!!
Here’s the article entitled, No Free Pass for Palin, some local evanglicals say:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s evangelical beliefs, pro-family views and call for change in Washington, D.C., might seem enough to attract like-minded state voters eager to place an unabashed believer in the White House.
“I don’t always vote for evangelicals just because of their faith, but it’s an easy call for me when good leaders and faith intersect like this,” said Alison Estep, 44, a communications specialist in Seattle.
But other evangelicals say excitement over Palin has cooled because of questions about the Republican vice presidential candidate’s qualifications.
“I don’t want to know, necessarily, that she shoots moose — more power to her — but I want to know what her foreign policy is, how she would address education and health care in this country,” said Leah Klug, 29, an associate pastor at Quest Church in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood.
Interviews with more than a dozen evangelicals in the Seattle area this week showed support for Palin ranged from unquestioned to uncertain. Most looked forward to seeing Sen. John McCain’s running mate perform unfiltered and unprotected in Thursday night’s vice presidential debate.
Media focus on such personal matters as Palin’s unwed and pregnant daughter, coupled with criticism of Palin’s rare interviews, has led some evangelicals to rise to her defense.
” ‘Saturday Night Live’ characterized her as a bimbo who does not have a clue. I think that’s terribly unfair,” said Issaquah resident Sandy Howard, 66. “I hope she really shows them Thursday night and gets a fair shake from the media, too.”
Howard, a clinical exercise physiologist in Everett, considers herself “more of an independent than a staunch Republican.”
Mike Johnson, director of a homeless shelter in Seattle, said he was leaning toward McCain, “but with little enthusiasm.” His interest shot up when Palin joined McCain, said Johnson, 39, who is pleased that Palin she opposes abortion, supports nuclear power and is “not an inside-the-Beltway political figure.”
That Palin energized many evangelicals is undeniable, said the Rev. Paul Smith, 62, of West Side Presbyterian Church in West Seattle. “She brings a fascinating dynamic to what was shaping up to be yet another ‘good ol’ boys’ campaign. But I am less likely than many to give her a free pass just because she is an evangelical Christian. I want to see a breadth of perspective, a genuine humility, a demonstrable wisdom, a gracious spirit and a practical approach to political realities, to go along with her solid values.”
Evangelicals are doctrinally conservative Christians who emphasize the authority of the Bible, the need for conversion to faith in Jesus Christ and the responsibility to share that faith with unbelievers. They are not monolithic, whether in the church or at the polls, said Klug and Eugene Cho, lead pastor at Quest Church, part of the Evangelical Covenant denomination.
“One set of viewpoints (that society holds for evangelicals) is that you must be pro-life, must be Republican, must be very conservative,” Klug said. That’s not the case at Quest, where to be “pro-life” means not just opposing abortion, she said, but reducing abortion rates by supporting social services, reducing poverty and taking other actions to help people throughout their lives.
“To make (Palin) the poster child of ‘evangelicals’ is simply wrong,” said Cho, 38. “She cannot speak for all evangelicals and should not be expected to.”
It is Palin’s positions, not her faith, that trouble Yasmin Ravard-Andresen, 27, a staff worker for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Washington and a supporter of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.
Emphasizing that she was speaking only for herself, Ravard-Andresen said: “I fundamentally disagree with most of Palin’s perspectives on the world, this country, and what true ‘victory’ (in Iraq) would be.”
Some prominent officials of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. and one that interprets Scripture to say that women cannot lead a church, said they held no objections to Palin’s candidacy.
Given Palin’s historic position on the GOP ticket, Klug said she hoped the party had chosen a “more qualified” woman.
Others called the experience factor overstated.
“The qualifications for president are based more in personal character and values than upon any particular experience or individual qualification,” said the Rev. Joe Fuiten of Cedar Park Assembly in Bothell.
Some evangelicals saw hypocrisy in Palin’s opponents.
“Where are the feminists when it comes to supporting Sarah Palin?” asked Seattle resident Jill Campbell, 46. “I find it interesting for them to snub her when we thought that she would be exactly what feminist groups have been working toward for years — a working professional mom on the presidential ticket.”
Smith, remains an undecided voter but is intrigued by Palin. “Whether or not she is elected, I would hope to see her grow on the national stage,” he said. “It seems likely that she may have much to offer in the national conversation.”
Until then, said Seattle resident Janet Jones, 48, “we will pray for the election … and put it all in God’s hands.”