Thursday, 5 March 2009
Oil or life?
Sarah Palin picked an Anchorage judge to fill the latest vacancy on the Alaska Supreme Court despite efforts by a conservative Christian group to convince her to do otherwise.
Superior Court Judge Morgan Christen, of Anchorage, was chosen over Superior Court Judge Eric Smith, of Palmer.
What's going on? How come Sarah didn't go for the judge in her neighbourhood? Eric Smith was the favourite of the Alaska Family Council - a Christian pro-family, anti-abortion group.
Morgan Christen was on the board of Planned Parenthood in the mid-1990s. Planned Parenthood is on the opposite side of a Palin-supported bill to require girls under 17 to get parental consent for an abortion.
Eric Smith was executive director of the public interest environmental law firm, Trustees for Alaska. The group currently is on the opposite side of Palin over the listing of Cook Inlet beluga whales as endangered.
Sarah's pro-life credentials are well known, she opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Her anti-environment credentials are also well known, with two lawsuits against the government over the listing of polar bears and beluga whales as endangered species. She took her governor's hat off to support the controversial dumping of toxic waste from Pebble Mine into the waters of Bristol Bay. Let's not forget that she wants to drill for oil and gas in ANWR.
What does the selection of a pro-choice judge to the Supreme Court over a judge presumably pro-life, pro-environment say about Sarah Palin?
The way I see it, Sarah is more pro-oil than she is pro-life.