With Kirk Johnson and Kim Severson’s piece on Sarah Palin’s religion in today’s New York Times, the subject is officially on the front burner. The following excerpt does not dampen my interest in learning why Palin left the Pentecostal church where she was baptized as a teenager in the year she ran for lieutenant governor:
One of the musical directors at the church, Adele Morgan, who has known Ms. Palin since the third grade, said the Palins moved to the nondenominational Wasilla Bible Church in 2002, in part because its ministry is less “extreme” than Pentecostal churches like the Assemblies of God, which practice speaking in tongues and miraculous healings.
“A lot of churches are about music and media and having a big profile,” Ms. Morgan said. “We are against that. That is why it is so attractive to politicians because they can just sit there and be safe.”
“We’ve gotten a lot of their people when the other churches get too extreme,” Ms. Morgan continued. However, she added, “If you lift your hands when we’re singing, we’re not going to shoot you down.”
How safe this politician can be is an open question, however.
For the moment, the McCain campaign seems to have raptured her back to Alaska, so she can sit out the tribulation the elite media have in store. The idea, I guess, is that the great battle will turn out all right, and John McCain will be enthroned in glory with Sarah at his right hand, and the Final Reform will go forward.