Well,  The Rachel Maddow Show began yesterday, covering a story that’s something I’m concerned about — do we have any more conservative “Christians” running for national office this season in the mold of President Bush? Apparently we do, in Gov. Palin. First The Rachel Maddow Show intro that was on Countdown:

Did you note the issue of “praying the gay away” that arose in that video above at about five minutes into the video?

Then here is the segment from the new The Rachel Maddow Show covering the same issue:

I get worried about “Christians” tell mixing their conservative, fundamentalist faith with politics. Gov. Palin’s home church, the Wasilla Bible Church is going to be a sponsor of Focus on the Family‘s Anchorage, Alaska Love Won Out conference. This is the pray the gay away event that was mentioned in the two videos above.

You can read Focus On The Family‘s take on the CitizenLink article Media Pounce on Palin over Focus on the Family Conference:

To hear the media tell it, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is supporting an “anti-gay conference that preach(es) an anti-gospel doctrine.”

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

When Focus on the Family’s Love Won Out conference travels to Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, it will bring a biblical and experiential perspective on the issue of homosexuality.

“We exist to help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome,” said Melissa Fryrear, director of Focus on the Family’s gender and sexuality department. “It is not easy, but it is possible, as evidenced by the thousands of men and women — like me — who have walked this difficult road successfully.”

Well that almost reassures me.

Gov. Palin’s beliefs really should be that political What the f***? moment for progressives. With Sen. McCain being 72 and having had some serious health issues, is a concern that this VP candidate would have a fair chance of actually becoming president in the next four years if the McCain-Palin ticket is the winner this November.

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen