Palin : Public Policy & Faith
On Sarah Palin’s Christian Faith & Public Policy
Her Christian faith – Palin grew up attending nondenominational Bible churches – was a minor issue in the Governors race. She grew up steeped in Pentecostalism at the Wasilla church, where she learned “memory verses” from the Bible as a young “Missionette” — the church’s equivalent of a Girl Scout. She told a reporter her faith affects her politics this way:
“I believe everything happens for a purpose. In my own personal life, if I dedicated back to my Creator what I’m trying to create for the good . . . everything will turn out fine.”
That same concept applies to her political career, she suggested. Palin sees her government work as paling in comparison to a greater mission. Palin, darling of the religious right, claimed she would govern with “a servant’s heart”, a short-hand reference to Christian humility. She wears her faith quietly; it fits more with her personality.
Movement evangelicals like Palin don’t need to advertise who they are to the movement. “She’s obviously an intensively religious person,” said Bill McAllister, Palin’s chief spokesman as governor. “She understands that she’s the governor and not preacher in chief. Religion informs her decisions, but she is not out to impose her views on Alaska.”
As Governor, Ms. Palin has not pushed her social views. She made no move, for example, to have her beliefs about gay marriage or abstinence education made public policy. “The higher she rose in Alaska the more she suppressed her social conservative agenda,” said Steve Haycox, a professor of history at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
In November of 2006, the Anchorage Daily News described Palin’s positions on social issues in a story wrapping up the governor’s race:
“A significant part of Palin’s base of support lies among social and Christian conservatives. Her positions on social issues emerged slowly during the campaign: on abortion (should be banned for anything other than saving the life of the mother), stem cell research (opposed), physician-assisted suicide (opposed), creationism (should be discussed in schools). ”
And in October of 2006, the Anchorage Daily News reported that Palin said the following about creationism at a debate:
“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. And you know, I say this too as the daughter of a science teacher. Growing up with being so privileged and blessed to be given a lot of information on, on both sides of the subject — creationism and evolution. It’s been a healthy foundation for me. But don’t be afraid of information and let kids debate both sides.”
But since taking office in December 2006, Palin has made no moves to impose the teaching of creationism or “intelligent design,” the modern version of creationist thought, in Alaska schools.
“As far as teachers are concerned, we haven’t seen any push,” said Joan Sargent, a Fairbanks teacher who heads the Alaska Science Teachers Assn. Teachers already have the flexibility to introduce creationist views, as an addendum to the mainstream study of evolution, Sargent said.
When two bills emerged in the Alaska Legislature to restrict abortion — one to require parental consent and the other to outlaw dilation-and-extraction procedures, called partial-birth abortion by opponents — Palin said she was ready to sign them into law.
But both efforts were killed by Democrats. And when Lydia Green, Alaska State Senate President, who supported the measures, pressed for a special session to deal with abortion, Palin instead chose a special session to secure a natural gas pipeline project.
Anti-abortion leaders said they understood Palin’s delay on the issue because of other state concerns. “She’s a woman of integrity and we trust her,” said Karen Lewis of Alaska Right to Life. “Sometimes you have to wait.”
Palin also did not challenge an Alaska Supreme Court ruling that mandated health insurance benefits for same-sex partners. Instead she signed a nonbinding referendum that asked voters their opinion on the issue.
“She doesn’t run the state off of God’s word or out of her own religion,” said Kim Ketchum, who played high school basketball with Palin and does not consider herself religious. “She’s a Christian, but she follows the law and upholds the Constitution.”
“She’s been careful not to squander all her political capital on social conservative issues,” said Allison Mendel, an Alaskan attorney. Palin has appeared at prayer sessions and church functions across Alaska while as Governor and has turned to her childhood pastor and other religious leaders for guidance.
Palin was baptized as an infant in the Catholic Church; then as a junior high schooler, was baptized at Pentecostal church, Wasilla Assembly of God, where for more than two decades, she had attended the nondenominational church with her family (until 2002) before joining another church, which is evangelical and nondenominational. The Assemblies of God is part of a Pentecostal movement that numbers 80 million people world-wide.
Between her evangelical faith and public policy she tries to tread carefully. Ronald Reagan said his presidency was guided by the Pope. And, in interviews with various pastors who know Sarah they point to one firm conclusion: Sarah Palin’s foundation and source of guidance is the Bible.
September 9, 2009
Sarah Palin Unleashed
First, Sarah provided us with a Farewell Address just over 30 days ago.
Then, Sarah warned Alaskan legislators that accepting stimulus funds would further tie Alaska to the federal government and chip away at Alaska’s right to chart its own course.
Then, Palin warned The Waxman-Markey bill proposed a new national tax of historic proportions writing: “Though levied directly on carbon-based energy, the tax’s impact spreads through the economy, increasing prices, reducing income, destroying jobs, and significantly expanding the national debt.”
Then, through concrete data, Palin reminded people that she substantially reduced the outstanding percentage of Medicaid assessments in Alaska by 83%.
Then, Palin warned us that Democratic health care proposals would lead to rationed care; that the sick, the elderly, and the disabled would suffer the most under such rationing; and that under such a system these “unproductive” members of society could face the prospect of government bureaucrats determining whether they deserve health care…. Death Panels.
Then, Palin warned us about other troubling questions which remained in Obama’s Health Care Plan including increased spending at an unsustainable rate while favoring a market oriented solution.
Then, Palin reminded us of our Tax dollars hard at work: First Cars, now foreign oil, by questioning why the Obama White House sent more than two billion of your hard-earned tax dollars to Brazil so that the nation’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, could drill off shore and create jobs developing its own resources?
Then, Palin reminded America that the US cannot have health care reform without tort reform.
Then, Palin reminded 850,000 Facebook followers to tune into FOX News’ Glenn Beck, that he is doing an extraordinary job walking America behind the scenes of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and outlining who is actually running the White House.
Then, Palin joined Secretary Gates in condemning the Associated Press for its heartless and selfish decision to turn its back on the wishes of a grieving family in order to exploit the tragic death of a true American hero.
Then, on Sept. 8th, Palin provided written testimony submitted to the New York State Senate Aging Committee on health care and its impact on senior citizens.
Then, on the night of Obama’s Address to Congress, Palin leaves a Response to the President’s Health Care Speech.
Then, on September 11, eight years since the United States suffered the worst attack on our soil since Pearl Harbor, Palin leaves a Remembrance of 911: Remembering 9/11: We Are Americans
The night before the big Obama speech to Congress, she’s took the air out of Obama’s balloon. Then, after Obama’s speech, Sarah left a concise and succinct response to Obama. You know, Reagan kept up the offensive against the Carter Democrats by means of a series of newspaper articles.
Yet, her timing, platform, substance and style here are all almost perfect. She is way ahead of the GOP curve. Our gal’s not backing down is she? Where’s the rest of the GOP?
Sharp, clear and concise. She’s starting to really show her savvy. Sarah just gave the Republican rebuttal statement to Obama’s speech. Wake up GOP.
Obama and the Marxification of America. The only politician who is telling it like it is folks, is Palin. The only non-politician is Beck. All are AWESOME articles written by Sarah Palin. Give credit where credit is due.