Saturday, September 06, 2008

Palin Leading God's Army

The New York Times has a story about Sarah Palin following "God's will" in her decisions and beliefs on everything from the war in Iraq to building oil pipelines in Alaska. There's a lot about the two churches she is connected to, including her current one, which supports converting Jews to Christianity, and promotes dangerous, emotionally-damaging "ex-gay" programs:

Some Jewish groups have raised concerns since the announcement of Ms. Palin’s selection to the Republican ticket that discussions in the Wasilla Bible Church might go beyond conservatism. Last month, a leader in the group Jews for Jesus, which advocates converting Jews to Christianity — but which has been accused by some Jews of anti-Semitism — spoke at the church. The speaker, David Brickner, spoke enthusiastically about the “miracle” of conversions in Israel by the group’s missionaries.

The church has also come under fire among some gay advocacy groups for promoting an upcoming Focus on the Family conference in Anchorage dealing with the so-called curing of homosexuality.

The AP has a lot more specifically on Palin's church's support of the "pray away the gay" movement:
You'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality," according to the insert in the bulletin of the Wasilla Bible Church, where Palin has prayed since she was a child.

And here's a video of her preaching to the congregation and praying to Jesus for Alaska.