Never one to shy away from media spotlight opportunities, Sarah Palin is currently doing a press circuit in support of her new book Good Tidings And Great Joy, which is subtitled “Protecting The Heart Of Christmas.” During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Palin openly discussed her faith, describing herself as a “born-again” Christian.
“My faith is everything,” she explained, after describing an experience she had at around the age of 12 in which she found faith in God after recognizing a higher power’s influence over the natural beauty of Alaska.
Although Palin was initially raised Roman Catholic, her family later joined the Pentecostal church Wasilla Assembly of God, according to the Huffington Post. She also attends the Juneau Christian Center. Still, Jake Tapper raised the issue of the new Catholic leader Pope Francis, who has made headlines around the world for his comments on LGBT issues. Pope Francis has been attempting to redirect the focus away from its socially conservative political preaching and back towards the actual religion and its dedication to God, a decision that has made him a divisive, but overall appreciated, leader in Vatican City.
In her interview with Tapper, Palin did not sound like she appreciates the new Pope’s comments.
When asked about him, Palin somewhat awkwardly responded, “He’s had some statements that do kind of sound liberal, and it’s taken me aback, it has kind of surprised me. But there again, unless I really dig deep into what his messaging is, and do my own homework, I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media.”
The former vice-presidential nominee was likely referring to the media’s portrayal that Pope Francis is accepting of homosexuality, and Palin’s response further proves her inability to understand anything outside of her conservative Christian norm, which makes sense considering her new book is a screed about the war on Christmas.