AT LAST, we have some heavy-duty investigative journalism digging into Palin’s past. They looked; and they found. Oh baby, did they find!
In Newsweek we read As governor, Palin at times bonds church and state, subtitled: “Palin uses her elected office to promote religious causes, at times with public money.”
Here (with bold added for emphasis) are some excerpts:
An Associated Press review of the Republican vice presidential candidate’s record as mayor and governor reveals her use of elected office to promote religious causes, sometimes at taxpayer expense and in ways that blur the line between church and state.
We assume they’re referring to this: Associated Press. What horrors have these — ahem! — politically neutral sources uncovered? Read on:
Since she took state office in late 2006, the governor and her family have spent more than $13,000 in taxpayer funds to attend at least 10 religious events and meetings with Christian pastors, including Franklin Graham, the son of evangelical preacher Billy Graham, records show.
Whoa! This is serious! What else?
On a weekend trip from the capital in June, a minister from the Wasilla Assembly of God blessed Palin and Lt. Gov Sean Parnell before a crowd gathered for the “One Lord Sunday” event at the town’s hockey rink. Later in the day, she addressed the budding missionaries at her former church.
A spokeswoman for the McCain-Palin campaign, Maria Comella, said the state paid for Palin’s travel and meals on that trip, and for other meetings with Christian groups, because she and her family were invited in their official capacity as Alaska’s first family. Parnell did not charge the state a per diem or ask to be reimbursed for travel expenses that day.
The article does mention that:
Experts say those trips fall into an ethically gray area, since Democrats and Republicans alike often visit religious venues for personal and official reasons.
But we won’t tolerate such goings on, will we? And these outrages didn’t begin when Sarah became governor. We read:
Records of her mayoral correspondence show that Palin worked arduously to organize a day of prayer at city hall. She said that with local ministers’ help, Wasilla — a city of 7,000 an hour’s drive north of Anchorage — could become “a light, or a refuge for others in Alaska and America.”
The mind boggles. The blood boils. Something must be done!
Oh, while we’re at it, this next one really does bother us, but as they say — it’s Bush’s fault:
Palin also is one of just two governors who channeled federal money to support religious groups through a state agency, Alaska’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Palin has made it a priority to unite faith communities, local nonprofits and government to serve the needy, bringing her high marks — and $500,000 — from the Bush administration.
Anyway, we read the whole article, looking for something — anything! — about creationism or book-banning. Nothing. Nothing at all. And we’re confident that they looked for such material. As we’ve said before, it’s useful to be aware of what doesn’t exist.
So there you are. Make of it what you will.
[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]
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