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Say It Ain’t So, Sarah! October 13, 2008

Posted by sociallyacceptableinsanity in Atheism.
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Oh that Sarah Palin…bless her heart!  She proudly proclaims her high ethical standards, her accountability, her “not business as usual” maverick stance.  The only thing wrong with all of this posturing is that it’s a lie. 

In a recent Associated Press article, writer Garance Burke reports that Palin, who has vowed not to let her personal beliefs influence her decisions as an elected official, has billed the State of Alaska for travel to and time spent at various religious meetings.

Writes Burke, “Palin and her family billed the state $3,022 for the cost of attending Christian gatherings exclusively, including visits to the Assembly of God here and to the congregation they attend in Juneau, according to expense reports reviewed by the AP.”

In the article, Burke also states:

“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.”

That doesn’t sound like much of a separation of church and state, does it?  Nor does it sound very ethical, but then Troopergate and her recent, clutching-at-straws attacks on Barack Obama, claiming that he “pals around with terrorists,” have proven that ethics are not her strong suit, no matter what she may claim.

According to Burke, when Palin was Mayor of Wasilla, she attempted to “organize a day of prayer at city hall,” and “also joined a grass-roots, faith-based movement to stop the local hospital from performing abortions.”

I’ve asked it before and I am asking it again:  are we really supposed to believe that this woman will be able to keep her religious life and her political life separate?  Are we to believe that she will even try?  It is obvious that she has an agenda, an agenda dictated by her Evangelical Christian faith, and that she will do everything in her power to further that agenda.  And apparently she feels that it is perfectly OK to use the taxpayer’s money to do this.

Well, Sarah, it is not OK. 

It’s bad enough that she’s been doing this as the Governor of Alaska – it’s up to all of us to make sure that she does not get the chance to further her religious agenda as the Vice President of the United States.

Vote Obama.