Sunday, September 07, 2008

Gobbledegook

I wonder where the video is of Palin speaking in tongues. Wouldn't that play well with the Republican base?

Until a few years ago (when she got involved in politics and was apparently looking for something a bit more mainstream, I guess), she was a member of the pentacostal church- specifically, Assembly of God.

Speaking in tongues is one of the sixteen fundamental truths of her faith.

8. The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit - The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance. (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use. (1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 1 Corinthians 12:28)

That's way too crazy. Not too much in common with the regular mainstream evangelicals. That sort of weirdness starts pinging even their weird-o-meter. No wonder the campaign is downplaying her actual religious beliefs and peddling this soft-sell "shes just like you" schtick.

4 comments:

Lawrence said...

I attended an Assembly of God church for a while in Virginia. That does not mean that I spoke in tongues, nor did I agree with it. The rest of the church beliefs are pretty mainstream.

Lawrence said...

Robin, don't take this the wrong way because we always have real good conversations, but I expected better of you. You are usually one who digs into the issues. What left wing web site did you dig this up off of?

Going after a tenant of faith from a church she attended several years ago. Really, what significance does that have? Afraid she might pray about a decision she has to make?

Why no comments about Obama's only until recent pastor's hate filled statements about our government targeting blacks and prompting his congregation to distrust the government because they are out to suppress the black man. Isn't it a little more reasonable to be concerned about the years of influence these views would have on our potential president.

Why don't you talk about her experience. After all she has much more executive experience than Obama, who only had 143 days of Senate experience before starting the process of pursuing the office of President.

Talk about what she has accomplished in fighting corruption and bucking the politics as usual regardless of which party she was fighting.

Why don't you compare how Obama got into the state senate and the US senate because he was almost unopposed, while Palin went up against a well financed Washington insider incumbent to to win her position.

Compare how Obama voted present over 120 times, many on controversial topics instead of being afraid to make a decision and having to stick to his beliefs and defend them. Compare that to Palin breaking with party leadership and standing up for what she thought was best for the people of Alaska.

I am sure you can come up with much better things against Palin as is evident by the many anti republican posts that you have.

One last thing. I found it interesting that Obama said the other day that the Bush tax cuts might have to stay in place a while longer due to the slowed economy. In stating that he admitted that not over taxing the
American people is good for the economy, yet that is not what he wants. If you want a government that believes they can use your money better than you can and that needs to meet every ones needs then go ahead and vote for Obama. That will move us more in the direction of Canada and many European countries (socialistic). Just look how successful they are. :)

Phouka said...

You are correct, Larry - I usually do try to be more balanced on subjects like this. I'm just so frustrated with the blithering of politicians on all sides.

However, I am very concerned that her religious beliefs are far out of the mainstream - when her own words start painting the war in Iraq as a holy war guided by god, that makes me very nervous. Her views and past speeches at her own church are dominionist, and while I would hope that she would pray about her decisions, I do not like the rhetoric about 'god's warriors' that is flung around by the religious right.

There are far more things to criticize Palin about. I think she is patently unqualified, and I am tired of the lies about how much of a reformer she and McCain are, as evidenced by the other posts I have. The more I read about her, the less I like her -- and not just because we have different opinions on the issues. The focus on her instead of the actual presidential candidate is frustrating.

Yes, I am definitely anti-republican right now. I used to be much more middle-of-the-road about things, but this political season has just wrung me out.

But I definitely see your point, and the post was certainly not up to snuff.

Phouka said...

Hm. You can't edit comments.

Anyways - I also want to mention that it's not Palin and Obama we should be comparing. She is not running for president - let's focus on the policies and perspectives of the actual candidates - McCain and Obama.

This focus on Palin seems misplaced. VP is a very different role. I want to hear about McCain's ideas.