Palin church promotes conversion of gays

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    Sep 06, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    Palin church promotes conversion of gays
    VP candidate hasn't expressed views on 'pray away the gay' movement

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26567170

    updated 6:08 p.m. PT, Fri., Sept. 5, 2008
    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 since she was a child.

    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, has scheduled the "Love Won Out" Conference for Sept. 13 in Anchorage, about 30 miles from Wasilla.

    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.

    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.

    "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.

    "People are looking at Sarah Palin as someone who might feasibly be in the White House," he said.


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    Sep 06, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    she will help you see the light ..

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/us/politics/06church.html?em
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    Sep 06, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    Yeah, I posted about this in the thread about Palin opposing gay marriage. Here is an excerpt of my post:

    “You’ll be encouraged by the power of God’s love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality,” said an insert in the bulletin of the Wasilla Bible Church, where Palin has prayed since she was a child"

    I am living proof that "reparative therapy," "divine deliverance," and "praying the gay away" are miserable failures. When all of these variants of exorcism fail to work, it leaves subjects feeling even more disillusioned and hopeless than they were when the intervention began. Many learn to suppress (repress?) their instincts for a time, only to find that it comes back like a raging bull after a cow in heat, their "demons" coming back seven fold.


    And here are some juicy nuggets from the NY Times article that ActiveAndFit posted:

    “Just be amazed at the umbrella of this church here, where God is going to send you from this church,” Ms. Palin told the gathering in June of young graduates of a ministry program at the Assembly of God Church, a video of which has been posted on YouTube.

    “Believe me,” she said, “I know what I am saying — where God has sent me, from underneath the umbrella of this church, throughout the state.”
    ...
    “The churches that Sarah has attended all believe in a literal translation of the Bible,” Ms. Kincaid said. “Her principal ethical and moral beliefs stem from this.”
    ...
    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.
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    Sep 06, 2008 6:35 PM GMT
    Palin's making me pray...pray that America has the sense to vote against her.