This news kills any small hopes - which I harbored initially myself - that Sarah Palin does not represent a triumph of the most hardcore Christianist elements in her party:
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 worshipped 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, even in cases of 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.
If Log Cabin is endorsing a candidate who is a supporter of the pray-the-gay-away movement, they need to reassess. And those many gay men who loved Hillary Clinton surely cannot back a candidate who favors the reparative therapy movement. I'd say that's non-negotiable. Of course, they could always try to ask Palin what her position is on this - but no one is allowed near her except Schlafly and AIPAC, it seems.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.