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Palin's Wasilla Church Torched By Arsonist; AP Links Gays


Sarah Palin's Wasilla church burned over the weekend in an attack by arsonists. Central Mat-Su Fire Chief James Steele said "We have no information on intent or motive."

Yet the arson attack, which occurred while a small number of people were inside, was linked by news media to "undeserved negative attention" the church received during Palin's campaign from groups disapproving of the church's links to "ex-gay" ministries:

"Palin, who was not at the church at the time of the fire, stopped by Saturday. Her spokesman, Bill McAllister, said in a statement that Palin told an assistant pastor she was sorry if the fire was connected to the 'undeserved negative attention' the church has received since she became the vice presidential candidate Aug. 29. 'Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good,' McAllister said. The 1,000-member evangelical church was the subject of intense scrutiny after Palin was named John McCain's running mate. Early in Palin's campaign, the church was criticized for promoting in a Sunday bulletin a Focus on the Family 'Love Won Out Conference' in Anchorage. The conference promised to 'help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome.' The fire was set at the entrance of the church and moved inward as a small group of women were working on crafts, Steele said. The group was alerted to the blaze by a fire alarm."

No doubt the NoMobVeto group and other members of the religious right will take this unwarranted connection and run with it.

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  1. Has arson been proven? Early reports quote the fire chief stating that it was "suspected arson".

    Posted by: raybob | Dec 15, 2008 10:45:22 AM

  2. It was probably the Russians.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Dec 15, 2008 10:55:34 AM

  3. Whatever... a lot of speculation there. Yet another story trying to say how "evil" gay people are to justify taking away our rights and liberties. If arson, more than likely some wingnut trying to implicate gays. Remember the nut who cut their face to try to say some Obama supporter did it? And what's with the press with all these "gay's are out of control stories".

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 15, 2008 10:57:29 AM

  4. Raybob

    suspected arson = arson for sure when it can get you national press and show you as a martyr for the base against those evil gays

    Heck, I'd bet $10 she, her husband, or a staffer set the fire themself to help keep her in the national spotlight and in the base's memories. her entire life shows someone willing to use anyone / anything to get what she wants.

    She will not quietly exit the stage

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Dec 15, 2008 10:58:30 AM

  5. one of wasilla's famed meth labs, perhaps?

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 15, 2008 11:45:25 AM

  6. Maybe the church needed new paint and carpet, and this was the easiest way to get it done. A little (to coin a racist phrase): "Christian lightning"

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Dec 15, 2008 11:58:14 AM

  7. "...while a small number of persons were inside the church..."? WTF? No one smelled smoke?

    I have to agree with the general consensus; this sounds like a squeaky wheel trying to get some more grease, let's light a match then bash the Liberals with it while we are at it. There has been NOTHING of any ethical substance that has come out of that core of radicals.

    Posted by: Rad | Dec 15, 2008 12:20:32 PM

  8. Hmm...maybe Palin did it herself. The press *has* been kind of ignoring her lately.

    What better way to get back into the spotlight?

    Those Republicans will eat their own, ya know.

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 15, 2008 12:33:52 PM

  9. It was The Gays! It was the same Gays that started Katrina, and the Tsunami, and hypnotized the hijackers to run planes into the WTC. The Gays are all powerful.

    Posted by: Gay Power Living | Dec 15, 2008 12:46:04 PM

  10. In related news, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying, "I CAN SEE THE FIRE FROM MY HOUSE!"

    Posted by: Marc | Dec 15, 2008 1:03:41 PM

  11. Well, we can joke all we want, but the truth is if there is even an iota of a chance that gays were involved, you can bet the NoMobVeto group is going to run with this. This is dirty stuff. I doubt any gay group or persons were involved. This is a set-up to be sure, but the religious right are desperate because public opinion is running against them. I believe the evangio-fundies will do ANYTHING to turn the public against us. And that includes their side committing murder, arson, physical attacks on so-called "innocent christians", etc., and then blame it on gay people. This fight will get nastier. We need to be prepared. Again, the religious right will stop at nothing and will do anything to make sure that gays and lesbians are never treated respectfully as equals with full marriage rights in American society.

    Posted by: mike | Dec 15, 2008 2:58:28 PM

  12. There is no such thing a a gay terrorist, silly. Lesbians?--that's another story. Don't make them angry.

    There have been some ruthless homos in history, but "openly gay" terrorists? Well, times--they are a changin'.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 15, 2008 3:12:08 PM

  13. @Mike: So you want to beat the NoMobVote crowd to the punch? Organize a conspicuously gay group and fund the reconstruction of the church, emphasizing that WE value EVERYONE, regardless of their faith or sexual orientation and anyone who would cause such despicable harm is not welcome in OUR community.

    Use their own words and prevent them from gaining any moral authority.

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 16, 2008 4:52:08 AM

  14. Ups to Dave! Excellent idea!

    Ok, A-list gays, now's your chance to show you're about more than putting on your tuxes once a year for the local HRC Gala!

    Helping these people would go a long way towards building our image up before the next round of fights.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 17, 2008 1:34:13 AM

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