ABC newsman Charles Gibson grilled vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on a controversial statement she made in an Alaska church. The statement, which suggested that Jesus Christ was on a mission from God, has raised eyebrows in certain Democratic circles and on news programs like "The View."
Gibson asked Palin if she really believed that Jesus was on a mission from God, and if so, does that mean that we can "read" God's thoughts in that He had some kind of special "purpose" for Jesus. Palin's answer that she believed that God has a special purpose for all of us seemed not to please Gibson, as he looked toward backstage and made that "crazy" sign by pointing to his own head and spinning his index finger.
Gibson also questioned Palin on "The Bush Doctrine," "The Cheney Manifesto," and Condoleezza Rice's recipe for Chicken Parmigiana, none of which Palin seemed immediately familiar with. Gibson then looked toward the sidestage and made that "big eyed surprized" look to indicate his shock at her unfamiliarity with such common knowledge.
Later on, political commentators on "The View" pointed out that Jesus was "some kind of religious figure," they thought, and Palin's mention of him "probably violated the laws against church and state being talked about together at the same time."
Theologian Joy Behar added that she "personally had nothing against Jesus, but didn't want someone using Him to make important decisions."