AP report: Palin blurs church-state lines

Garance Burke reports:

The camera closes in on Sarah Palin speaking to young missionaries, vowing from the pulpit to do her part to implement God’s will from the governor’s office.

What she didn’t tell worshippers gathered at the Wasilla Assembly of God church in her hometown was that her appearance that day came courtesy of Alaskan taxpayers, who picked up the $639.50 tab for her airplane tickets and per diem fees.

An Associated Press review of the Republican vice presidential candidate’s record as mayor and governor reveals her use of elected office to promote religious causes, sometimes at taxpayer expense and in ways that blur the line between church and state.

Meanwhile, a rally for John McCain in Davenport, Iowa, opened with a peculiar invocation from a local minister, which the McCain campaign later disavowed. And Joe Biden was back in Scranton yesterday with Bill and Hillary Clinton. They drew a crowd of 6,000 people, which no doubt irked the local Catholic bishop in the heavily Catholic city.

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