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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Wasilla Bible Church fire remains unsolved

Here is the original article regarding the fire four years ago today.

Gov. Sarah Palin's home church was badly damaged by arson, leading the governor to apologize if the fire was connected to "undeserved negative attention" from her failed campaign as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Damage to the Wasilla Bible Church was estimated at $1 million, authorities said Saturday. The fire was set Friday night while a handful of people, including two children, were inside, according to Central Mat-Su Fire Chief James Steele. No one was injured.

He said the blaze was being investigated as arson but didn't know of any recent threats to the church. Authorities didn't know whether Palin's connection to the church was related to the apparent arson or not, Steele said.

"It's hard to say at this point. Everything is just speculation," he said. "We have no information on intent or motive."

Steele would not comment on the means used to set the fire.

Pastor Larry Kroon declined to say whether the church had received any recent threats.

"There are so many variables," he said. "I don't want to comment in that direction."

Palin, who was not at the church at the time of the fire, stopped by Saturday. Her spokesman, Bill McAllister, said in a statement that Palin told an assistant pastor she was sorry if the fire was connected to the "undeserved negative attention" the church has received since she became the vice presidential candidate Aug. 29.

"Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good," McAllister said.

The 1,000-member evangelical church was the subject of intense scrutiny after Palin was named John McCain's running mate. Early in Palin's campaign, the church was criticized for promoting in a Sunday bulletin a Focus on the Family "Love Won Out Conference" in Anchorage. The conference promised to "help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome."

The fire was set at the entrance of the church and moved inward as a small group of women were working on crafts, Steele said. The group was alerted to the blaze by a fire alarm.

Outside temperatures were minus 20 as firefighters battled the blaze.

Steele said a multi-agency task force was being assembled to investigate the fire.

Wasilla, the governor's hometown, is 40 miles north of Anchorage.

So who committed this heinous crime?  It's being stonewalled because most of Palin's lackeys are still in positions of higher up, like Sean Parnell.  And most people in Wasilla are too afraid of the Palins to speak out.


  1. The last I recall was that the FBI would be keeping everyone updated. Instead they had a black out. Some RW blogs made a point of the arson being attempted murder, they sounded like they would demand answers. Why did they also black out? This was not handled like an ordinary investigation. The agencies involved need an internal investigation to find out who they are covering up.

  2. If the press doesn't keep it in the news, people forget. If people forget, they're not going to push for it to be solved. If it's not in the news and people aren't contacting agencies to find out what's going on, the agencies won't publish any information, and newer crimes move to the forefront.

    And I have no faith that a "multi-agency taskforce" composed of Alaskan agencies can find their way to their own bathrooms, let alone find an arsonist. The more I read about Alaska- and I've read a lot in the last four years- the less impressed I have. Vast region of breathtaking beauty and incredible natural resources, some wonderful, kindhearted people who don't care enough to run for office and start forcing a change in their corrupt government or institutions- and it sucks away $1.84 for every $1 it pays in taxes.


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