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You remember how the U.S. media was all over Barack Obama for his connection to the iffy preacher, Jeremiah Wright? Media Matters wrote at the time about how the mainstream media was ignoring John McCain’s connection to Rod Parsley, who, despite saying that the purpose of the United States of America’s existence is to destroy the faith of Islam, has been described by McCain a “spiritual guide”.
Well, Sarah Palin has connections which are even more kooky. And it is obvious that McCain, a maverick conservative with no deep attachment to evangelical Christianity of his own, drew on Palin precisely because she was the nominee of the Christian right, who believe in ‘rapture’, ‘end times’ and other such scary things. Again, for the American media, this is a story they don’t seem to be covering…
Does Sarah Palin believe in the Anti-Christ? Does she believe true Christians will be whisked up to heaven sometime in the near future? Does she expect Jesus to come back to earth in our lifetimes and battle the armies of Satan? Would biblical prophecies about Armageddon influence her foreign policy positions on Israel and Russia? These are urgent questions the media have failed to ask. According to Chip Berlet, a leading expert on the Christian right, mainstream reporters tend to view apocalyptic fundamentalists as a “silly little side show” in American political life, when, in fact, one of their own may soon be a heartbeat away from the most powerful office in the world.