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Sarah Palin – You Betcha: Inside the Palins’ Assemblies of God church

by | 28th, December 2011

SARAH Palin… Do you belive in her? What does Sarah Palin believe in? Nick Broomfield’s  Sarah Palin – You Betcha! investigates life inside Palin’s Assemblies of God church.

Near the start of the programme, Palin’s parents explain to Broomfield that the family had left Roman Catholicism and been re-baptised into the Assemblies of God while Sarah was a child. The reason they did this is not given (and Broomfield doesn’t ask), although it seems likely that social pressure played a role: in Alexandria, Egypt, a former classmate named Yvonne Bashelier claimed that Palin and her friends have a “spiritual bond” through the Assemblies of God:

To go against Sarah would be to go against your church, whether you agree with her or not, and going against your church and your community is a pretty powerful thing…

As for non-evangelicals:

A lot of it was unspoken pressure. You just got left out of the group. People wouldn’t speak to you, Sarah would encourage other people not to talk to you.

This sets the tone for a brief overview of evangelical beliefs that follows: Bashelier recalls being warned by Palin about how non-believers would “burn in hell”; Phil Munger recounts that Palin had “disclosed” to him that she was a Young Earth Creationist; and Howard Bess a local retired Baptist pastor who has clashed with Palin warned that Palin’s religion is that of “apocalyptic  Christians” and that she would have “no bad conscience about triggering a nuclear war”. Palin’s beliefs are also illustrated by  the famous footage of her being prayed over by Pastor Thomas Muthee (although not named) and some generic fundamentalist videos (sources are not given).

Broomfield goes on to explain how Palin’s beliefs and church association allegedly played out in her political life:

Sarah supported evangelical groups who disapproved of books on homosexuality being available at the  library. While members of the church burnt and destroyed the books, Sarah tried to have them removed.

This is illustrated by some (again unsourced) footage of an unidentified man burning some unidentifiable books as part of a bonfire, and

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