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Sarah Palin and the Wasila Church of God

New revelations about Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin continue to raise questions about how her religious views might affect her decisions on public policy. Much of the scrutiny has focused on Palin's church, the Wassila Assembly of God. This past a week a video emerged of Palin telling students there that the U.S. invasion of Iraq is a task from God. Her comments have raised concerns she could see some government actions as inevitable or pre-ordained as part of a theocratic belief in "end times."
Sarah Palin and the Wasila Church of God
New revelations about Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin continue to raise questions about how her religious views might affect her decisions on public policy. Much of the scrutiny has focused on Palin's church, the Wassila Assembly of God. This past a week a video emerged of Palin telling students there that the U.S. invasion of Iraq is a task from God. Her comments have raised concerns she could see some government actions as inevitable or pre-ordained as part of a theocratic belief in "end times."

New revelations about Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin continue to raise questions about how her religious views might affect her decisions on public policy. Much of the scrutiny has focused on Palin's church, the Wassila Assembly of God. This past a week a video emerged of Palin telling students there that the US invasion of Iraq is a task from God.

Palin was speaking in June. During the same address, she said the construction of a new oil pipeline in Alaska is God's will.

Palin's comments have raised concerns she could see some government actions as inevitable or pre-ordained as part of a theocratic belief in "end times." Palin has also drawn criticism for other reported moves. Among several, she is said to have inquired about banning books at the local library during her stint as mayor of the town of Wasilla. She has also come under criticism for serving as mayor while Wasilla maintained a policy of forcing alleged rape victims to pay for their own forensic tests.

I'm joined now by two guests. Here in the firehouse studio I'm joined by Esther Kaplan. She is investigative editor at the Nation Institute and frequent contributor to the Nation magazine. She is author of the book "With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, and Democracy in George W Bush"s White House."

And on the line from Springfield, Massachusetts, is Frederick Clarkson. An independent journalist, he has covered politics and religion for more than twenty years. He is editor of the forthcoming book "Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics" and author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy." He has been blogging extensively about Sarah Palin"s views and public record at Talk to Action dot org, a website dedicated to politics and faith-based issues.

Frederick Clarkson, independent journalist and who has covered politics and religion for more than twenty years. Editor of the forthcoming book "Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics" and author of "Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy."

Esther Kaplan, radio and print journalist. She is investigative editor at the Nation Institute and frequent contributor to the Nation magazine. She is author of the book "With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, and Democracy in George W Bush"s White House."


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