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Posted on 09/29/2008 1:33 PM EST
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Doug Marshall-Steele
The media served us well in exposing Barack Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, as preaching such extremism as accusing the government of creating HIV to wage genocide against African Americans. Voters are helped whenever candidates’ affiliations are revealed and in this case, even the candidate was helped to see things clearly and he severed ties.

So why the relative silence surrounding Sarah Palin’s church?

The Wasilla Bible Church actually promoted an event in September designed to pray away the gay, that is, to change gay people into straight. The program was presented by James Dobson’s fanatically anti-gay and politically active group, Focus on the Family. Palin has refused to answer whether she agrees with her church’s belief in this matter.

The best science tells us that sexual orientation probably begins in utero and is certainly in place as early as 2 and 3 years of age. Peer-reviewed, mainstream scientific reports have found “ex-gay ministries” not only without scientific basis, but potentially harmful. (Confer studies by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.)

We should know whether these candidates are as anti-scientific and homophobic as the Bush administration has been.

Toward equality,

Douglas Marshall-Steele

Milton, DE

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