David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University in Atlanta, wrote an opinion piece for USA Today (Sept. 15, 2008) about the status of women leaders among evangelicals and Palin's potential as the vice-President and later as President of America. Her most rigorous supporters are evangelicals, but Gushee asks whether they have thought through their own theology when supporting her? He asks the following questions. Evangelical, want to give them a go?:
• Is it now your view that God can call a woman to serve as president of the United States? Are you prepared to renounce publicly any further claim that God's plan is for men rather than women to exercise leadership in society, the workplace and public life? Do you acknowledge having become full-fledged egalitarians in this sphere at least?
• Would Palin be acceptable as vice president because she would still be under the ultimate authority of McCain as president, like the structure of authority that occurs in some of your churches? Have you fully come to grips with the fact that if after his election McCain were to die, Palin would be in authority over every male in the USA as president?
• If you agree that God can call a woman to serve as president, does this have any implications for your views on women's leadership in church life? Would you be willing to vote for a qualified woman to serve as pastor of your church? If not, why not?
• Do you believe that Palin is under the authority of her husband as head of the family? If so, would this authority spill over into her role as vice president?
• Do you believe that women carry primary responsibility for the care of children in the home? If so, does this affect your support for Palin? If not, are you willing to change your position and instead argue for flexibility in the distribution of child care responsibilities according to the needs of the family?