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Here's what I learned while reading the paper today. Yes, it's the NY TImes and while some out there will grumble about its 'liberal bias', it is the paper of record and they don't make crap up.

On Sarah Palin's religious beliefs:

What is known, however, is that Ms. Palin has had long associations with religious leaders who practice a particularly assertive and urgent brand of Pentecostalism known as "spiritual warfare."

Its adherents believe that demonic forces can colonize specific geographic areas and individuals, and that "spiritual warriors" must "battle" them to assert God's control, using prayer and evangelism. The movement's fixation on demons, its aggressiveness and its leaders' claims to exalted spiritual authority have troubled even some Pentecostal Christians...

...Russell P. Spittler, provost emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., and an eminent scholar of Pentecostalism, said, "Most Christians would accept the view that there are forces and powers in the world that oppose Christian virtues." But, Mr. Spittler added, "Spiritual warfare makes a religion of identifying demons by names and ZIP codes."

So, the potential next-in-line for the presidency has been prayed over to be protected from "every form of witchcraft" and believes she can do some sort of demonism demographic study and come up with her own Black List. Wonder if they have my zip code.


You heard it here first. According to an article by Jim Rutenberg in today's Times, an email went out to Jewish voters in Pennsylvania this week that equated a vote for Obama "with the 'tragic mistake' of their Jewish ancestors who 'ignored the warning signs in the 1930's and 1940's.'" And it was not sent by some crank political action group, but by the Pennsylvania Republican Party's 'Victory 2008' Committee.

Naturally they repudiated it, after the fact, and let a staff member take one for the team. That strategist says the email was approved. Of course it was. Pardon my naivete, but I still thought perhaps the McCain campaign had one slender thread of decency left. Apparently I was wrong. I only ask, in the most respectful way possible, are they freakin' insane??

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  • Thanks for the information. It certainly is a strange political year. I'll be glad when the election is over. I didn't watch the vice presidential debate or the presidential debates.
    Too stressful.


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