An Evangelical is ANY KIND OF PROTESTANT. It is not exclusively synonymous with Pentecostal or Fundy or Baptist, and you might want to check out the Time Magazine telephone interview where she, herself, asserts she was Baptised Catholic as a baby ~ http://onelacatholic.blogspot.com/2008/08/sarah-palin-was-baptized-catholic-as.html
Not that it’s always (or even ever) correct, Wikipedia defines Evangelicalism: a Protestant Christian movement. It began in the 17th century and became an organized movement with the emergence around 1730 of the Methodists in England and the Pietists among Lutherans in Germany and Scandinavia. The movement became even more importantdrawing far more members than in Europein the United States during the series of Great Awakenings of the 18th and 19th century. It continues to draw adherents globally in the 21st century, especially in the poor nations of the Third World.
It is a religious movement that de-emphasizes ritual and emphasizes the pietism of the individual, requiring him or her to meet certain active commitments, including:
The need for personal conversion (or being “born again”);
A high regard for biblical authority;
An emphasis on teachings that proclaim the saving death and resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus Christ;
Actively expressing and sharing the gospel.
John McCain, I repeat, was/is not an Evangelical Christian.
And Sarah Palin, baptized a Catholic or not, never had the opportunity to “lapse.” (My sisters baptized our Jewish neighbors’ children, too; and they’re certainly not lapsed Catholics because they continued to practice Judaism.) Surely you don’t believe God is so vengeful and authoritarian as to hold children responsible for the acts of others.
Yes, I know Falwell’s dead.