Daily Kos (via LGF, I don’t read this crap normally) opines on Palin’s church.
A look at the home website of Palin’s church tends to be revealing. Among other things, a particular Assemblies buzzword associated frequently with Hillsong A/G and New Zealand Assemblies churches shows up (“Destiny”, here, is a buzzword for “Joel’s Army”, and is being preferred even as the phrase “Joel’s Army” is getting enough negative spin that even the Assemblies is now having to do some rather massive spin control); cell churches are promoted (of the same sort that are linked to short-term and longterm psychological damage and are among the most coercive tactics ever documented in spiritually abusive groups). The church, like a number of other large Assemblies churches, is the center of a dominionist broadcast TV center whose programming is carried across multiple channels in Alaska.
I had a quick look at the site. There’s a link that uses the word “destiny”. That’s about all.
Frankly I can’t be bothered with all the links above. My experience tells me that I’ll spend upward of 30 min reading those links, and will have to do hours more reading to get the background to that. Once I’ve sifted through all the claims they’ll all boil down to stuff that you’ll only be upset by if you have the “right” biases to start with.
What it boils down to is that some people think that a church that actually preaches to the converted should be shut down and the members thrown in jail (in the name of protecting religious freedom usually), and they’ll exaggerate their case through lengthy (mostly meaningless) essays until they make their case.
Like I say, I can’t be bothered with this when we’ve spent months listening to the left telling us that Wright (a guy who tells his congreation that the goverment has a secret plan to kill black people) is no reason to oppose Oama.
So I guess churches are only important if you’re Republician, if you’re democrat they’re just for show.