Authorities Investigate Arson at Palin's Church

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Governor Sarah Palin's home church in
Wasilla, Alaska, has been badly damaged in an arson fire, forcing
the congregation to move its Sunday worship to a local school.

Authorities estimate the damages to the Wasilla Bible Church at $1 million.

No one was injured in the fire Friday night, which was intentionally set while people were inside.

Pastor Larry Kroon declined to say if the attack was politically based or directed at Palin. He also declined to say whether the church has received any recent threats.

The governor stopped by the church Saturday. Her spokesman, Bill
McAllister, says Palin told an assistant pastor that she's sorry if the fire was connected to attention the church received after she became the GOP vice presidential candidate. He added that "the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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