This is the story that brought me out of hiding.
Before I get to the meat of this story, let me just update my readers.
First I realized not posting everyday reall leads to a significant drop in readership, or else it just means that a lot of my consistent readers live in Louisiana and have evacuated because of Hurricane Gustav and are unable to get internet access. The reason for me not posting since Friday is because I don’t have a WiFi signal in my dorm room.
We’re going to have to do something about that–and quickly. No internet is a blogger’s krpytonite. I have cable, but no MSNBC–a liberal bloggers equivalent of crack and heroin.
So, as classes start this semester (and I have some heavy hitters such as NT Greek, Church History I and African American Church History) bear with me as I may be blogging intermittently until I get a rhythm down. However, if I had internet in my room that’d solve a good chunk of my problems.
**calls the Maury Show**
I wonder if they’ve seen Bristol Palin’s baby daddy. Yeah, the daughter of socially conservative presumptive Republican vice-president nominee Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Yeah, the same lady that’s pro-life, an NRA carrying lady. Yeah, the same one we saw at the gun range with the assault weapon. The same one who’s parents had to cancel a caribou hunting trip in order to pay attention to the announcement of their daughters VP announcement.
Well, Focus on the Family James Dobson (of the same Focus on the Family group that prayed for rain during Obama’s acceptance speech during the DNC, but insted got their own party rained on by Gustav–come on somebody!) was quoted as saying
We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.
Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I’ve been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I’m sure the Palins have.”
Actually I have no qualms with that statement, the only problem is that all of these conservatives and Republicans run around hollering about pro-life this and that and do nothing to provide for these childrens lives once they’re born. It’s one of the biggest oxymoron’s of out time.
Real talk, the Palin’s can afford to raise a sixth child, but how many other thousands of girls in this country are afforded the same privileges and opportunities to do so.
As I know I’ll lose some of my readers, perhaps, I’m clearly pro-choice.
And a follower of Christ at the same time.
I also think it’s real sanctimonious and self-righteous that many of these “first families” when it comes to politics are. If the truth be told, I wonder how many of their daughters were forced to get abortions just to protect the family image.
Now I don’t know what got taught in the Palin household, but mom is Assemblies of God and that just doesn’t bode well for daughter Bristol and sex education. Although she is for conceptions she’s against explicit sex education in the classrooms. Well, although Wikipedia has changed her religious affiliation from “Assemblies of God” to “non-denominational.”
Problem number one with that for Sarah Palin.
1. Assemblies of God is an offshoot from the mostly black Church of God in Christ denomination. And yes, they split over the fact that Bishop Charles Harrison Mason was the presiding bishop and they weren’t going to be able to run much of anything. This wouldn’t have been a story even in the least bit, but I just thought this was a bit of historical information worth noting.
2. Historically, at least as far as doctrines in word are considered the Assemblies of God has been pacifists which would clearly go against her ability “to lead” on the basis of her son being enrolled in the armed services. The Assemblies of God viewpoint prior to 1967 was that
We, as a body of Christians, while purposing to fulfill all the obligations of loyal citizenship, are nevertheless constrained to declare we cannot conscientiously participate in war and armed resistance which involves the actual destruction of human life, since this is contrary to our view of the clear teachings of the inspired Word of God, which is the sole basis of our faith.”
The 1940 Pacifist Handbook listed AF as the third highest “peace church.” It was in 1967 that their position changed, perhaps noting a change in the politics of the 1960’s and and conservative move which, perhaps, many of their members shared belief. The 1967 statement read
As a Movement we affirm our loyalty to the government of the United States in war or peace. We shall continue to insist, as we have historically, on the right of each member to choose whether to declare their position as a combatant, a noncombatant, or a conscientious objector.”
3. It doesn’t bode well that from a Pentecostal denomination, and a conservative one at that, that they did much sex education even at the home. After talking over the weekend to a friend who is associated with Pentecostal Assemblies of the World an Apostolic (oneness theology) denomination and she informed our group that if her daughter told her “Mom, I’m having sex and I’m going to continue having sex” that she would respond with some scriptures and inform her daughter that “Abstinence is all you need to be worrying about.”
Of course she was against handing out condoms at the church or any form of sex talk to be done at the church.
She was a member of the Wasila Assemblies of God Church and I wonder just how buried is this piece of information going to be. Seriously, she looked like someone’s evangelist with her hair in that beehive the day McCain announced her candidacy.
Is this really who we want “one beat away” from the presidency if McCain were to be elected?
Meanwhile, I want to know who Bristol’s baby daddy is. Where’s he from? What’s his mother and father saying about all of this? Are they even still together?
**still on hold waiting to get through to Maury**
I agree with Obama saying that we should lay off of family affairs, but sorry, this was like manna raining down from the heavens for those of us in the liberal blogosphere. Was this even a news story? Does it make a difference where Gov. Palin stands on the issue of abortion and other socially conservative ideas? What are conservatives trying to conserve in first place anyway?!?
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL