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c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A church that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her family called home for more than 20 years has links to a controversial Pentecostal ideology that emphasizes prophesy, miraculous healing and “spiritual warfare” with demons. Several Web sites and blogs _ including Talk2Action, the Huffington Post and The Revealer _ […]

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  1. Stop Attacking Palin

    Obama’s verbal slip fuels his critics
    Christina Bellantoni (Contact)
    Sunday, September 7, 2008

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Sen. Barack Obama’s foes seized Sunday upon a brief slip of the tongue, when the Democratic presidential nominee was outlining his Christianity but accidentally said, “my Muslim faith.”

    The three words — immediately corrected — were during an exchange with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” when he was trying to criticize the quiet smear campaign suggesting he is a Muslim.

    But illustratin g the difficulty of preventing false rumors about his faith from spreading, anti-Obama groups within one hour of the interview had sliced it out of context and were sending it around via email. They also were blogging about it.

    Mr. Obama, who is a Christian and often proudly speaks about how his faith has influenced his public service, said he finds it “deeply offensive” that there are efforts “coming out of the Republican camp to suggest that perhaps I’m not who I say I am when it comes to my faith.”

  2. Just because alot of society doesnt want to accept the fact that america was governed by christians. that took Gods word to heart and established order and also stood up for what was right.Read the history of our forefathers learn their beleifs .Gods word is true to every letter including especially in the spirituality of the things.Read Gods word apply it to your life try and see that hes true to what it written in the Bible,Abraham Lincoln once said how can man run this country without the word of God think about that!!!Palin should stand strong in Gods word he will allow her to acheive whatever he set in her heart to accomplish it may not be popular to the critics or those who lack understanding but its not about peoples opinion its about doing what Palin is called to do regardless what happens in the election I hope she will allow Gods spirit in her to have his way ..

  3. They want religious hypocrites. People who say they are practicing this or that, but who are cowardly when it comes to social policy.
    As long as the politician is for EVERYTHING and against NOTHING, those, who evidently are slaves of evil, are happy. This is, I believe, satan inspired cowardice. The same that caused original sin.
    THEY DON’T DARE QUESTION THE ‘RELIGION’ OF THOSE WHO WOULD CUT SOMEONES HEAD OFF BECAUSE THEY DON’T LIKE THEM! WHY DON’T THEY GRILL SOME OF THOSE RADICALS? Probably because they’re afraaaaaaid. Hollywood screams for an end to the war, but they keep putting out the filth that FUELS terrorist’s hatred for America. THEY CRY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS WHILE ADVOCATING THE GENOCIDE OF WOMEN IN THE WOMB. So sick and twisted…

  4. Frankly, I am tired of secular society and the liberal main street media attacking and continually questioning public servants, like Sarah Palin, about their religious faith. I admire Palin for her courage in proudly and unreservedly talking about her Christianity, and her belief in God and His desire for goodness and love in the world. To often politicians mute or sugar coat what they believe in order to gain votes. We should encourage the opposite; truth and candor. Remember, this country was founded to keep government from interfering with religious beliefs. That is the true meaning of the first amendment to the constitution. May God bless and inspire all of those running for elective office this year. It is only in turning to God that we will truly be a nation once again blessed and united.

  5. As a Catholic and an American with Hispanic ancestry, I base my vote on the person and what they stand for. Hollywood and the anti-religious press will never ever influence my vote. I urge my fellow Americans not to listen to the vile that spews from these groups, but rather to judge the candidates by their REAL love of God (evidenced by actions–not words, love–not hate), REAL patriotism, REAL contributions to America, REAL experience, REAL ability to lead America… I have, and as a result my independent vote and those of my family are for MCCAIN & PALIN the BEST CANDIDATES, hands down. VIVA McCain/Palin!!!

  6. At least she has a sense of what is good for society in general and not stuck in agenda. We all have to admit that there are those who want to “clean up the world” by disposing of those who do not fit the criteria of “perfection” physically, mentally, racially, socially, you name it. Hence we have abortion, euthanasia, and birth control readily available, even paid for by those who are against it. What a mess we have made of the world! God help us.

  7. Why are they constantly picking Sarah Palin apart? This business about her church is ridiculous. What happened to freedom of religion? Don’t we all have the right to worship as we choose, or is that only for everyone else except Christians? The only issues that are relevant are, is she experienced in government and politics, YES !!! Do she have wholesome values that will benefit the people of America? YES !! What more do we need?

  8. what cracks me up is that no one seems to realize that one of Satan’s names is The Morning Star. Morningstar ministries, too funny.

  9. It amazes me that the right wing will pick apart Obama’s church and pastor, but scream ‘injustice!” when folks try to pick apart Palin’s church and pastor. Palin may be ‘experienced’ to some degree by her positions in government, but her style of governing alarms me. she talks about love, but has an enemies list! To be President takes equilibrium and intelligence and thoughtfulness. it does NOT take rigid ideologies and unblinking, unthinking “stay the course no matter what” attitudes. Look at what that did to our country under Bush! She reminds me of him.

  10. “Few Christians are familiar with Third Wave ideology, and scholars seem unsure how significant it is.”What!? Who wrote this? Maybe the author is dismally ignorant of the fastest growing Christian movement worldwide, but most Christians are not — and especially scholars! I understand people’s hesitations of things they do not understand, but do us a favor and get educated before you start writing about straw men and promoting unnecessary fear because you are ignorant of matters than can easily be researched by sitting in a library for a few hours.I think its fair to ask of Sarah Palin, as a VP, to be a good politician and not to overly rely on spiritual worldviews to determine her courses of action. But I seriously doubt that she would suggest we help our healthcare by calling on Americans to pray. Come on! We all have faith and ideologies. I suspect the worldview of Pentecostalism helps her understand the presence of evil in the world and that sometimes there are truly spiritual matters behind the troubles that we tangibly face on a day-to-day basis.

  11. Yes, evil lurks in the hearts of men, but our country follows the Constitution. Separation of church and state has served the unique American experiment of governance well. yes, read history and see that when only one theology is promoted, it can get a bit tricky and oppressive.

  12. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=CONCENTRATION+CAMPS+IN+USA+&search;_type=Right wing nut jobs who think the world is ending tomorrow were never the Christians our founding fathers had in mind. VPs who are friends with witch hunters from Africa would not have had a chance with those intelligent men.