Sarah Palin on Praying Away the Gay

Timothy Kincaid

September 30th, 2008

From the CBS transcript of Katie Couric’s interview of Sarah Palin

The governor told us though she’s not a member of any church, she visits a couple of them regularly when she’s home. She took issue with news reports that one of them, The Wasilla Bible Church, sponsored a conference where gays could be made straight through prayer.

Palin: Well, it matters though, Katie, when the media gets it wrong. It frustrates Americans who are just trying to get the facts and … be able to make up their mind on, about a person’s values. So it does matter.

But what you’re talking about, I think, value here, what my position is on homosexuality and you can pray it away, because I think that was the title that was listed on that bulletin. And you know, I don’t know what prayers are worthy of being prayed. I don’t know what’s prayers are going to be asked and answered. But as for homosexuality, I am not going to judge Americans and the decisions that they make in their adult personal relationships. I have one of my absolute best friends for the last 30 years happens to be gay, and I love her dearly. And she is not my “gay friend,” she is one of my best friends, who happens to have made a choice that isn’t a choice that I have made. But I am not going to judge people.

Let’s hope her best friend tells Sarah about what part of one’s life is chosen and what part comes naturally.

Stefano A

September 30th, 2008

But as for homosexuality, I am not going to judge Americans and the decisions that they make in their adult personal relationships.

eye rolls

. . . Nah, she just tries to block benefits, marriage, etc., except when her lawyer tells here she legally can’t.


September 30th, 2008

Eh, considering her religious backround this actually ain’t half bad. Quite liberal in some respects from that perspective. Frankly I don’t care what she prays, just how well she can act as Veep. Of course the most important is the top slot, so Palin or Biden would be fine in their roles IMO.

David Malcolm

September 30th, 2008

I think Palin would do an awful job… doesn’t seem too bright. Though honestly this isn’t the worst of what I’ve heard her say. This actually sounds like she’s half tolerant.


September 30th, 2008

I would hope that she would sit down her friend who “happens to be gay” and listen to what her friend has to say. I would like the media would ask more questions instead of giving her a pop quiz on naming some Supreme Court Decisions.

Emily K

September 30th, 2008

In terms of her “liberalness” or “tolerance,” yes I agree with John and David that it sounds definitely much more on “our” side than expected. But she STILL tries use her power to make legal life hell for us.

Emily K

October 1st, 2008

How do the Log Cabins like this?

Ben in Oakland

October 1st, 2008

Emily– have you ever heard the expression “I love you but i hate your sin?” that’s all the explanation you need.


October 1st, 2008

Of course it sounds tolerant. This is the kind of garbage all politicians have to spew this time of year. I really can’t believe anyone would take this at face value. Her actions speak louder than her seal-trained words. Look at Palin’s record on LGBT issues in Alaska, and then watch this clip again.

Timothy Kincaid

October 1st, 2008


Ben does not speak for Log Cabin. Nor have I ever heard a Log Cabin member use the term he ascribes to them.

Log Cabin has issued a response to Palin’s comments. And unlike many partisans in our community, they did not read “my friend made a choice” to be equal to “homosexuality is a choice”. And unlike many in the community, they read the rest of the words other than “choice” and found them to be encouraging and to express opinions that are very different from those that many of our community have imagined to be Palin’s.

Perhaps that explains some of the hate going her direction. When you make up motivations and attitudes and ascribe them to another, it can be quite frustrating when they deny those motivations and attitudes. THen you have to either admit you were hasty or latch onto a word to, well, make more assumptions and accusations.


October 2nd, 2008

I wish it were true that “the most important is the top slot, so Palin or Biden would be fine in their roles,” but McCain “has only a 38% chance of surviving past 2010” according to “Dr. Clark Newhall, MD/JD of Salt Lake City, UT, one of over 2,700 doctors from around the country who signed an open letter calling on John McCain to release his medical records.”

If he succumbs, then guess who is President! It does make a difference.


October 2nd, 2008

Who the hell is Dr. Clark Newhall and what makes his prognistications on McCain’s survival so bloody special?

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