Wasilla Bible Church Promoting Conversion of Gays to Heterosexuals!
Posted by Job on September 6, 2008
Pursuant to the policy of this site, if people do wrong, I criticize them. But if they do well, I praise them. I have criticized Palin and her former church recently for words and actions that I perceive to be wrong. But this article depicts the church boldly having a controversial ministry that I support (I choose to ignore the ties to Dobson) and Palin’s doing the right thing on a domestic partner bill. On Palin specifically … let me mention again that I am not among those that criticize the woman for her daughter getting pregnant (her daughter is 17, old enough to know right from wrong herself) or for her choosing to be a career woman (as many women, including but not limited to single parents, have to work to keep roofs over heads and food on the table). I repeat: I was only criticizing the hypocrisy of people like Bill O’Reilly, who was so incensed at being called on his hypocrisy that he sent a squad of goons to harass a liberal oped writer (see link). Please note the comments of evil people who are doing their best to run from the hypocrisy of O’Reilly (and their own hypocrisy) in this matter … people who know good and well what O’Reilly would say – and what THEY would say – were it Obama’s daughter pregnant. Isn’t it amazing that we live in a Christian environment where Christians do not believe that they or anyone else has to be responsible for being just, fair, consistent, equitable, and responsible for what they say and do? We are now witnessing how thanks to the politics of the religious right and the religious left, it is perfectly acceptable to be a hypocrite, to hate others for doing the very same things that you or that people “on your side” do. Since James Dobson is incontrovertibly one of these people, is his “straight camp conference” going to be effectual, or is he going to make them twice the sons of hell that they were before?
My answer to that rhetorical question is “No.” Even though they will be using Dobson’s materials, it will be the church that is running this conference, not Dobson, and yes there is a huge difference. Despite the general tone of this website (primarily dictated by the subject matter that I choose to deal with), I am a positive person, and believe that this effort by Palin’s former church will bring lost sinners into the kingdom of God, and I thank them for taking on a difficult controversial ministry that most people will not touch, either for their hatred of homosexuals or their fear of persecution. So let us pray for this church as they do this ministry, and the people that they will be ministering to as well. The work of Jesus Christ is bigger than any one person or any local church, and I have no doubt that there are people in this church that despite their flaws – and I say this as a VERY flawed person myself! – love Jesus Christ by keeping His commandments and are true and sincere believers. Did I believe this before I found out that it was running a straight camp? Yes. Should I have said so? Yes. Evidence that I myself am flawed!
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin’s church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.
“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 for about six years.
Palin’s conservative Christian views have energized that part of the GOP electorate, which was lukewarm to John McCain’s candidacy before he named her as his vice presidential choice. She is staunchly anti-abortion, opposing exceptions for rape and incest, and opposes gay marriage and spousal rights for gay couples.
Focus on the Family, a national Christian fundamentalist organization, is conducting the “Love Won Out” Conference in Anchorage, about 30 miles from Wasilla. (Focus On the Family is NOT fundamentalist.)
Palin, campaigning with McCain in the Midwest on Friday, has not publicly expressed a view on the so-called “pray away the gay” movement. Larry Kroon, senior pastor at Palin’s church, was not available to discuss the matter Friday, said a church worker who declined to give her name.
Gay activists in Alaska said Palin has not worked actively against their interests, but early in her administration she supported a bill to overrule a court decision to block state benefits for gay partners of public employees. At the time, less than one-half of 1 percent of state employees had applied for the benefits, which were ordered by a 2005 ruling by the Alaska Supreme Court. (The state is not the church, so I fully support Palin not using the the power of the state to impose her views on people.)
Palin reversed her position and vetoed the bill after the state attorney general said it was unconstitutional. But her reluctant support didn’t win fans among Alaska’s gay population, said Scott Turner, a gay activist in Anchorage. (Still say that she did the right thing in this matter. The state is not the church.)
“Less than 1 percent of state employees would even apply for benefits, so why make a big deal out of such a small number?” he said.
“I think gay Republicans are going to run away” if Palin supports efforts like the prayers to convert gays, said Wayne Besen, founder of the New York-based Truth Wins Out, a gay rights advocacy group. Besen called on Palin to publicly express her views now that she’s a vice presidential nominee. (I would trade the entire Republican Party for one born again Christian in half a heartbeat.)
“People are looking at Sarah Palin as someone who might feasibly be in the White House,” he said.