I have some advice for John McCain and Sarah Palin, and I promise them I am right on this.
Do NOT get trapped into a discussion of the DETAILS of your religious beliefs. That means: Answer NO questions about the details of your religion. NONE. NADA. Tell the person answering the question that it is none of his or her business (maybe nicer than that). ATTACK the media on this, as you did on the other smears. Say that it is a terrible thing to smear people over their religion. Yes, you can say that it is wrong to try to smear Obama witht he false charge he is a Muslim, although you think that there might be a problem with supporting a church that spreds hate. That is different from attacking a church for its alleged religious practices that are purely religious.
Whether you go as far as the above, you--Sarah Palin--need to AVOID givning in to what the mainstream media is trying to do here. As usual, they are going to say there are QUESTIONS that need ANSWERS. There aren't. You need to attack the religious BIGOTRY impllied here, and the attempt to make the DETAILS of religion a political issue. There are no "questions" that need to be answered. The very ASKIJNG of the questions leads us down the road to the Spanish Inquisition, because it implies that the ANSERS MATTER. They don't.
Are there exceptions, as to SPECIFIC statements? Sure. If you are asked whether you agree with a specific, NON-RELIGIOUS statement of a pastor, or church speaker, such as an implication that Israel will/should be punished by God for rejecting Christ, answer specific questions with implications on secular POLICY.
But if you are asked questions about the Bible, "speaking in tongues", of the End of Days, do NOT answer them. Simply say that theose are purely religioous matters, and not the kind of thing that should be in politics.
Yes, you can say what your FAITH means to you. Obama and Clinton did. You can say taht you rely on God for guidance, and believe in prayer, but don't take the political position that you KNOW what God wants, and that other people should follow you for that reason. In the political arena, you stand up for your positions without invoking God, except as Obama does; as the kind of inspiration that a person should have.
If you are aksed whether you literally believe in the Bible, you need to do what the Rebpublican candidates did NOT do. You need to say that is a personal, religious matter, and that theology is NOT appropriate for politics. If you want to, feel free to use my suggestion that making the detalis of a person's religion, on matters of religious doctrine, as a fit subject of POLITICAL war is an EVIL thig--the very core of the Spanish Inquisition Again, however, it does not matter wther you go that far. You need to AVOID a discussion of the DETAILS of your religious beliefs, and say that you would not criticize the solely religious practices of oterh religions. You expect others to give you the same courtesy, and the same privacy. You need to keep ATTACK ING the media as being interested only in PERSONAL ATTACKS instead of the real issues.
Above all, give NO speech on yur religion The ONLY thing you should say is that you belong to a perfectly ordinary Christian religion, in the evangelical tradition. If asked why you left the Assembly of God, you should again say that is a private matter. You should say that it is not your place to start talking about why you feel one religion is better than antoher, or one pastor is better than another. Some places you are more comfortable than others, or you feel fit you more than others. You may be inspired. You may not like something in one church, although others may like it perfectly well. Therese are PESONAL matters of religion.
Only intolerant people and biogts think that the DETAISL of a religion, which do not directly relate to secular matters or something like racial hatred, are matters for political discussion.
In short, you need to be firm that plitiics and THEOLOGY should NOT mix. That does not mean leaving faith out of public life. It does mean leaving theological ARGUMENTS out of public life. It does mean not being INTOLERANT, and ridiculing harmless reiligions beliefs, out of onctext, jsut because you think they are eccentrie.
As usual, I maintain my position that the true BIGOTS in the country are mainly in the mainstream media, like Anderson Cooper within CNN, and NOT among "rednecks". The mainstream media, and leftsts, are the MAIN advocates of INTOLERANCE in the country today, for POLITICAL reasons.
Palin, if questioned about her religion, might legitimately ask: "Are you speaking for Senator Obama? Are you saying that the way to 'unite' us is to turn one religion against another; to turn one faith against another? Are you sure Senator Obama wants that? Are you sure YOU want that?"
I repeat: People like the evil, bigoted people at CNN are trying to do exactly what I sussgest in the words I put in Palin's mouth in the previoius paragraph. They are trying to pit one religion against anoter; to encourage religious HATRED. There is no excuse for it, and Palin should not give in to any "pressure" to agree that this turning of one religion against another is something we want to allow in American politics.
Note how CNN, and the left in general, has been put in a position of FAVORING both SEXISM and religious divisiveness and intolerance. Amazing, isn't it.