Palin’s Pastor Urges Flock to Pray for the Press
“It’s been an interesting week,” laughed Kroon, pastor at the Wasilla Bible Church, as he welcomed attendees. The nondenominational congregation where Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her family worship was carrying on services as usual this Sunday, but with a few extra guests.
In just more than a week since presidential candidate John McCain picked Alaska’s governor to be his running mate, Palin’s hometown of 9,000 has been inundated with journalists from around the world. For days now the media have delved into her terms as city council member and mayor here, and questioned residents and questioned them again for background on the state’s most famous politician.
Kroon began services asking any reporters who might be in the crowd to respect church members’ opportunity to worship.
“This isn’t the place to be fishing for interviews,” he said.
He then asked the 300 congregants at the first of two morning services to pray for all of the candidates for president and vice president, and to be thankful that all four are willing to provide the nation with their public service.
He urged churchgoers to “pray for the press.” Kroon said the media are to be “cherished and respected,” citing 19th century philosopher Alexander de Tocqueville’s works describing a free press and freedom of religion as essential pillars of democracy. MORE
The liberal media and the left wing bloggers have been viciously attacking Sarah Palin’s faith, trying to ‘dig out some dirt’ on her to make her look bad. It’s funny — the more I read and hear about how her pastor and her church react and respond to the media and to the criticism, the more I admire her and them. The Catholic Kinight has an interesting take on this.