James Dobson and Sarah Palin talk faith

James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family and one of the leaders of the “religious right,” did an interview the other day with Sarah Palin that you can hear here.

They speak very directly about Palin’s faith and about her commitment as a (in her words) “hard-core pro-lifer.”

Dobson says that it is “risky” to politicize Palin’s prayer life. But he tells her that many Christians are praying for her and that “God’s perfect will will be done on Nov. 4.”

Palin says she feels the intercession.

2208d92f33114f81b653205cfe977375.jpg“I can feel it, too, Dr. Dobson,” she says. “I can feel the power of prayer.”

Asked if her faith is a big part of who she is, she answers: “It is my foundation, yes, my Christian faith is.”

They talk a bit about Palin’s infant, Trig, who has Down syndrome.

Palin: “To be honest with you, it scared me, though…I had to really be on my knees for the entire rest of the pregnancy asking that God would prepare my heart.”

Palin praises Dobson several times for the work that he does: “Your reward is going to be in heaven. I know that you take a lot of shots, also.”

Much of the interview focuses on the mainstream media and what Palin and Dobson agree has been unfair coverage of her campaign.

“I have never seen such hatred,” Dobson says.

“Even Joe the plumber is being carpet-bombed by the press,” he says.

Palin says: “This is when my faith becomes even more important to me. I have to have faith that my words will get out there to the American people despite the filter of the mainstream media.”

Dobson concludes that: “We’re on the same team. I’m just trying to serve the Lord, like you are…”

Can the GOP hold evangelicals and Catholics?

Will Sarah Palin nail down the evangelical vote for the GOP?

Analysts from the Pew Forum say it’s not clear. Evangelicals like Palin, for sure, but identify less with the GOP than in the past…

f15a362add1e4df89bec505341897da4.jpg“Evangelical voters have displayed a great deal of dissatisfaction with the current state of things, including the Republican Party,” said John Greene, senior fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Scott Keeter, director of survey research at the Washington-based Pew Research Center, said that McCain’s post-convention bounce may not last:

“In (economic) conditions like this, we typically don’t see the incumbent party winning elections,” Keeter said.

Greene also said: “The white Catholic community is evenly divided between Obama and McCain — quite a difference from 2004.”

And from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes…

hp8-29-08d.jpgSo, it’s Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate.

I found a profile from the Anchorage Daily News from way back in 2006, when Palin was a largely unknown candidate for governor of Alaska.

It included this:

Palin’s parents say they are not political and don’t know how she decided to turn her ambition and work ethic toward politics. Her Christian faith, they say, came from her mother, who took her children to area Bible churches as they were growing up (Sarah is the third of four siblings). They say her faith has been steady since high school, when she led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and grew stronger as she sought out believers in her college years.

Palin doesn’t brandish her religion on the campaign trail, but that doesn’t prevent others from doing so. After she was first elected mayor, her predecessor, John Stein, objected that a Valley cable TV program had hailed her as Wasilla’s first “Christian mayor.” In a column for the local newspaper, he named eight previous mayors and added that he, too, was a Christian, despite a name that led some voters to suspect “I must be a non-Christian, have non-Christian blood or at least have sympathized with a non-Christian sometime in my career.”

We will certainly hear a lot about her strong pro-life record — and about her fifth child, who has Down Syndrome.

In April, LifeNews.com reported:

As many as 80 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome become victims of abortion, but Alaska Gov, Sarah Palin didn’t let her child become a statistic. Palin, who has deeply-felt pro-life views, gave birth to her fifth child this week and the baby was diagnosed with the condition.

On Tuesday, Palin confirmed her baby, named Trig Paxson, has Down syndrome.

“Trig is beautiful and already adored by us,” Palin said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.