On the evening news I learned Gov. Sarah Palin, the fundamentalist Christian governor of Alaska and John McCain's choice to be his backup president, opposed comprehensive sex education in public schools and supported abstinence-only instruction. I also learned her 17-year-old unmarried daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant.
Bristol was instructed in her mother's religious world view from the get-go. Fundamental to this world view is the belief God sees and knows everything. The implication of this belief for Bristol's behavior is that she believed God was present while she and her boyfriend were having sexual intercourse. The question is: Why didn't this belief in God's omnipresence inhibit her from doing what her mother and father (and God) disapproved of?
The answer to this question was supplied by McCain during the news report of Bristol's pregnancy. He said of Palin - while enumerating her many excellent qualifications to be the president of the United States in the event of his untimely death - that she puts her country first; which means she puts governing - wielding political power - before her children.
Palin has five children, the youngest of which is 4 months old. Bristol is five months pregnant, which means that after she learned her mother was pregnant, she got herself pregnant.
What do children do when one or both parents put them second or third or fourth in their priorities? They get revenge.
We are told Palin puts governing first in her priorities; and it is possible she puts God second; so I think her children are at least third in her priorities.
Palin said she unconditionally loves Bristol and supports her decision to not have an abortion. Would she have supported her daughter if she had wanted an abortion? If not then, Palin unconditionally loves Bristol only if she does what she wants her to do.
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