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Posts for May, 2011

Maybe It Was The Line “Galileo Figaro”

Jim Burroway

May 13th, 2011

Dateline Wasilla:

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reports today that the principal of Wasilla High School told members of the school’s symphonic jazz choir that they would not be allowed to perform the 1975 Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody” because Freddy Mercury, who wrote it, was gay.

In the face of student protests, and fearing ACLU involvement, the principal backed down–to a point.

The choir will be allowed to perform the song, but only in a censored version, without lyrics the principal deems objectionable.

In a lame face-saving move, principal Dwight Probasco decided to compromise by banning the lyrics about the singer having “just killed a man.” No word on whether “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” are allowed at hockey games. Joe McGinniss is having a field day on his blog, including a “separated at birth” photo of Probasco alongside Elton John that you absolutely have to see. His commenters are also getting in the spirit, including one Sandra Tompkins who re-wrote the lyrics of “Bohemian Rhapsody” just for Wasilla and its favorite daughter. It totally needs to go viral:

Click here to sing along to "Wasillian Rhapsody."

Lou Engle’s TheCall Announced for Wasilla, Detroit

Jim Burroway

April 20th, 2011
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Lou Engle is taking his dominionist craziness of TheCall Crisis to the capital of crazy, Wasilla, Alaska. Why? “We believe that Alaska is key to the future of this nation,” he explains. Citing Oil, earthquakes, and apparently Johnny Cash, all signs point to Alaska as “a place of refuge for our nation.” Engle’s TheCall is part of a larger 2-day conference set for June 3-4.

Engle, who is transfixed by key numbers when they repeat themselves on the calendar, has also announced a gathering slated for Detroit on “11.11.11.” He is also a stealth supporter of Uganda’s “Kill-the-gays” bill.

Arson Suspected At Sarah Palin’s Church, Gays Blamed

Jim Burroway

December 16th, 2008

The Wasilla Bible Church in Wasilla, Alaska, burned Friday night. Investigators have discovered that an accelerant was poured at several locations around the church, including the exits, and set afire. The fact that the fire was set at the church’s exits is particularly disturbing because five members of the congregation were inside at the time. No one was injured, but the fire caused more than $1 million in damage.

Wasilla Bible Church became famous when one of its members, Alaska governor Sarah Palin, became the GOP vice-presidential candidate. The church became embroiled in controversy when it was learned that it was promoting a Love Won Out ex-gay conference in nearby Anchorage.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which is leading the arson investigation, issued a statement saying, “There is no information that the fire was politically motivated.”

Which of course, explains why anti-gay extremists are putting the accusation out there that “radical homosexual activists” are responsible (“we don’t know if this arson and attempted murder was perpetrated by advocates of homosexual marriage…”). I mean, who else could it be? Certainly not bored teenagers, a disgruntled church or community member, someone with a personal ax to grind against a particular church member, or perhaps someone with a mental illness. No siree, it couldn’t be any of those.

I know what it is to be the victim of an arson fire based on firsthand experience. It’s very unsettling, to say the very least.  The people of Wasilla Bible Church will most certainly rebuild the charred walls of their church. I hope they will also be able to quickly rebuild the sense of safety they found within those walls. And I hope the perpetrators are caught and brought to justice, whoever they are. Even if they are “radical homosexual activists.”

Palin’s Church Supports Ex-Gay Therapy

Jim Burroway

September 3rd, 2008

This comes from Time magazine:

“We like to call this the Bible Belt of Alaska,” says Cheryl Metiva, head of the local chamber of commerce. Churches proliferate in Wasilla today, and among the largest and most influential is the Wasilla Bible Church, where the Palins worship.

At the 11:15 am Sunday service, hundreds sit in folding chairs, sing along with alt-rock praise songs, and listen to a 20-minute sermon about the book of Malachi. The only sign of culture warring in the whole production is an insert in the day’s program advertising an upcoming Focus on the Family conference on homosexuality in Anchorage called Love Won Out. The group promises to teach attendees how to “respond to misinformation in our culture” and help them “overcome” homosexuality.

Does the latest addition to the “straight talk express” buy into Love Won Out’s doublespeak?