02 September 2008

Palin's Prayer

Here's the governor of Alaska talking during a commencement speech at a Christian school in her home stomping ground of Wasilia, back in June:

"I can do my part in doing things like working really, really hard to get a natural gas pipeline, a $30 billion dollar project that's going to create a lot of jobs for people in Alaska, and we're going to have a lot of energy flowing through here -- and pray about that also -- I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that ... but I can do my job there, in developing our natural resources, and doing things like getting the roads paved, and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms, their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded. But really, all that stuff doesn't do any good if the people of Alaska's heart isn't right with God."

Read more about it here, but to me it starts to sound as if Palin's plan for an economic recovery, if she even thinks one necessary, is pretty much the "Prosperity Gospel." I'm surprised that she didn't ask for campaign donations as proof that "the people's heart [is] right with God." At least she believes in a quid-pro-quo, unlike the "Prayer of Jabez" types who think that all you have to do is ask and God will get 'er done.

Partisans should recall that Senator Obama is hardly better on this score. He wears his religion on his sleeve when it's convenient for him, but I don't know whether he's said anything as tasteless as this bit from Palin.

1 comment:

crhymethinc said...

Seems to me there aren't enough people in Alaska to warrant that kind of cash outlay from the Feds. If the damn oil companies want that pipeline, let them pay for it. Let them hire all those Alaskans and give them jobs. If it isn't the government's job to control corporations, it shouldn't be the government's job to shell out $$$ to them either.