Sunday, September 7, 2008
Well, we questioned Obama's religion, McCain's religion, Hillary Clinton's religion, and now it's time to move onto our dear Sarah Palin. I don't feel right scrutinizing someone else's religion, but it is a fact that people are beginning to question Palin's church, the Wasilla Bible Church.
According to an article in the New York Times, last month a leader of the group Jews for Jesus, which strives to convert Jews to Christianity, spoke at the Wasilla Bible Church. Many Jews are now upset that Palin's church seems to condone the mission of Jews for Jesus, a group that is opposed by a large majority of practicing Jews.
Additionally, advocates for gay rights are also upset with the views of the church, since it promoted an upcoming Focus on the Family conference in Anchorage that deals with "curing" homosexuality.
Overall, the Wasilla Bible Church seems to be a controversial establishment with extremely conservative views. And now we're faced with the same argument that arose when Barack Obama's former pastor was thrust into the spotlight: should we judge our candidates based on this evidence? Sarah Palin might not necessarily believe in converting Jews to Christianity or "curing" homosexuality, but she is a dedicated member of the congregation and a very religious person. This issue will undoubtedly be the cause of much controversy and debate.