Evangelicals Applaud Palins

Daughter's pregnancy makes Palin even more popular among religious right
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2008 3:45 AM CDT
Bristol Palin, 17, holds brother Trig during the rally where John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his running mate last week.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – Evangelical groups are standing squarely behind Sarah Palin and her family following the news that her teenage daughter Bristol is pregnant, CNN reports. Pro-life leaders hailed Bristol's decision to keep her baby with her family's support and dismissed any suggestion that her pregnancy is at odds with Palin's promotion of teen abstinence.

"Being a Christian does not mean you're perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect," said James Dobson, founder of ultra-conservative Focus on the Family and a key figure in the pro-life movement. Conservatives have been outraged at speculation about the Palins on liberal blogs, and any Democratic comments critical of the family are likely to meet a fierce response.