The Palin candidacy does pose real church-state questions, as well as many opportunities for hysterical overreaction. Here's a guide to what is and isn't scary, about Palin's mixing of faith and politics.
Palin is sending a strange message on abstinence-only sex education; it clearly didn't work for her daughter. Indeed a lot of women are angry about that message and panicked over the enthusiasm Palin seems to be inspiring. Let me offer four reasons to calm down.
As Americans debate family values and experience levels, Israelis have also been focused on the vice presidential candidates. They have been sizing up Biden and Palin according to their foreign policy stances and political affiliations.
For the first time in two decades, the born-again vote (a key segment of the evangelical vote) is moving toward Democrats instead of Republicans. These Americans give Obama a 12-point lead, 43 percent to 31 percent.
Pastor Rick Warren's forum with McCain and Obama tomorrow could be the most exciting event of the political season. Why? Because the pastor of Saddleback Church isn't a member of the press, and maybe he won't act like one.
The idea of demeaning another religion by encouraging conversion offends us. It's playing dirty pool. Imperialism of the worst kind. Isn't that strange? Dropping Bibles seems more offensive than dropping bombs.
Neither McCain nor Obama is the good guy in this election. If they were, we'd have real reason to be afraid. Jesus is a good guy, and he would be a disastrous president. Dangerous even. Don't vote for him.
How does a transvestite go to the toilet? I don't mean anatomically. I mean locationally, as in to which bathroom? I never thought about it until Focus on the Family began battling Colorado's new anti-discrimination bill.