Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Palin Factor: Religious Bigotry OK if Victim is Pentecostal?

Looking even more like Tina Fey than usual: VP nominee Sarah Palin.

It seems like a lot of media coverage has gone toward informing American voters what church Sarah Palin has attended, and what the details of the beliefs and practices of her former church (an Assembly of God) are. Our state paper ran a long above-the-fold front page story on it not a week ago.

Why the obsession with her religion from the secular media? The same media hypocrites jumped all over Mike Huckabee when he asked questions about Mitt Romney's Mormon faith. They sent a clear signal that a person's religious beliefs should never be part of the debate. I don't agree with them, but the indignation from them was intense when Huckabee tried it. Now, though they are too sharp to condemn it outright, they seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time attempting to communicate the aspects of Palin's church that will be most off-putting to secular people.

Sarah Palin is a member of a church which actually believes that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Sometimes, they probably even act like it. Secularists are uncomfortable with that, preferring religions that appropriate religious buzz words and symbols but deny the authority and unique truth claims at the heart of Christianity.

A colleague at work, a staunch Democrat, told me in the break room today that Sarah Palin was "Assembly of God, and those people are nuts. I'd never vote for one of them, they are crazy!".

I asked him if they were crazier than Muslims. I don't believe the internet rumours that Obama is a Muslim for one minute. He is a secularist to the core who wears multi-religious trappings when convenient. Still, I have never known any Assembly of God people to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings. Pentecostals/Assembly of God etc... have practices that are somewhat outside the mainstream, but their traditional practices are eminently defensible from the Scriptures that all Christian sects claim to hold dear.

In the last few decades all kinds of weird stuff has crept into the Pentecostal movement, but there is more than one explanation for that. They are more willing to present an inviting environment to people on the skids than many denominations. If you really believe all that Bible stuff, then it becomes a reasonable idea that the Devil is herding the crazies to them because their attitude of openness toward God's supernatural power is a bigger threat to his plans.

The corporate media is again up to their hypocritical tricks. They are the ones who sometimes claim that a candidate's religion is out of bounds for criticism, not me. Still, they only play the "religious bigot card" to protect religions that are outside the bounds of Scriptural Christianity.

Their rule seems to read as follows: If a candidate's religion has tenants that a secular newsperson thinks are objectionable, or if they think it will divide Bible-believing Christians, then the candidate's religion is a legitimate topic for detailed discussion. If a candidate's religion has tenets orthodox Christians of all stripes find objectionable, then the secular media is outraged when someone questions the tenets of another persons religion, and they howl that it is "bigotry" to suggest that ones religious beliefs matter.

They should make up their minds about which way that should be, but I have already made up my mind about them. They need to repent and seek God. Perhaps at the nearest Assembly of God Church.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Tina Fey? I know. Not the point of the post. But you went there first. Seriously, who is Tina Fey?

9:57 AM, September 10, 2008  
Blogger F. Prefect said...

Someone not as funny as Amy Poehler.

11:14 AM, September 10, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Tina Fey is a comedic genius who could pass for Sarah Palin's sister.

She was big on Saturday Night Live for a while- and the rumor is she will appear on the show this Sat. for a Sarah Palin skit.

She is also the creative energy behind "30 Rock". You can look up re-runs at hulu.com.

Fey is mostly a writer who does some acting, so she is the "straight man" most of the time, and perhaps that is the reason for prefect's assessment.

8:02 PM, September 10, 2008  
Anonymous Jeremie Jordan said...

I think there are crazies in every religion. From the muslims extremists, to the Polygimist Mormons, to the Pentecostal that opened fire on a Unitarian Church to "Rid the world of Liberal scum".

I think Palin's views are A LOT different from those of McCain's.

But I am a conservative, so I am voting for neither, maybe Bob Barr has room for us Newt Gingrich Republicans?

11:16 AM, September 14, 2008  
Blogger F. Prefect said...


3:12 PM, September 14, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Break the oligarchy, vote for the minor party candidate of your choice!

If the minor parties even together get more than 10% of the vote, then they will be increasingly more viable in the minds of the populace.

8:22 PM, September 16, 2008  

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