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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

With the Palin selection, Camp Grandpa has also lost Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue
Posted by Jill | 5:57 PM
Praise the Lord and pass the popcorn. You thought Jeremiah Wright was going to be a problem for Barack Obama this fall? Let them just try. Then we will take on the Wasilla, Alaksa Assembly of God:

Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

Religion, however, was not strictly a thread in Palin's foreign policy. It was part of her energy proposals as well. Just prior to discussing Iraq, Alaska's governor asked the audience to pray for another matter -- a $30 billion national gas pipeline project that she wanted built in the state. "I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she said.


A review of recorded sermons by Ed Kalnins, the senior pastor of Wasilla Assembly of God since 1999, offers a provocative and, for some, eyebrow-raising sketch of Palin's longtime spiritual home.


Pastor Kalnins has also preached that critics of President Bush will be banished to hell; questioned whether people who voted for Sen. John Kerry in 2004 would be accepted to heaven; charged that the 9/11 terrorist attacks and war in Iraq were part of a war "contending for your faith;" and said that Jesus "operated from that position of war mode."

It is impossible to determine how much Wasilla Assembly of God has shaped Palin's thinking. She was baptized there at the age of 12 and attended the church for most of her adult life. When Palin was inaugurated as governor, the founding pastor of the church delivered the invocation. In 2002, Palin moved her family to a nondenominational church, but she continues to worship at a related Assembly of God church in Juneau.

Moreover, she "has maintained a friendship with Wasilla Assembly of God and has attended various conferences and special meetings here," Kalnins' office said in a statement. "As for her personal beliefs," the statement added, "Governor Palin is well able to speak for herself on those issues."

Clearly, however, Palin views the church as the source of an important, if sometimes politically explosive, message. "Having grown up here, and having little kids grow up here also, this is such a special, special place," she told the congregation in June. "What comes from this church I think has great destiny."

More about the lunatic Pastor Kalnins here.

I'm almost starting to think we want this nutball on the ticket after all. She's neutralizing everything that Camp Curmudgeon had hoped to throw at Barack Obama.

UPDATE: It just keeps getting better:

An illustration of that gap came just two weeks ago, when Palin’s church, the Wasilla Bible Church, gave its pulpit over to a figure viewed with deep hostility by many Jewish organizations: David Brickner, the founder of Jews for Jesus.

Palin’s pastor, Larry Kroon, introduced Brickner on Aug. 17, according to a transcript of the sermon on the church’s website.

“He’s a leader of Jews for Jesus, a ministry that is out on the leading edge in a pressing, demanding area of witnessing and evangelism,” Kroon said.

Brickner then explained that Jesus and his disciples were themselves Jewish.

“The Jewish community, in particular, has a difficult time understanding this reality,” he said.
Brickner’s mission has drawn wide criticism from the organized Jewish community, and the Anti-Defamation League accused them in a report of “targeting Jews for conversion with subterfuge and deception.”

Brickner also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity.

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it."

Palin was in church that day, Kroon said, though he cautioned against attributing Brickner’s views to her.

Sorry, guys. If you're going to hold Barack Obama responsible for the lunatic ravings of Jeremiah Wright even when he wasn't there, then YOU guys laid the groundwork for us to question Palin's views about Jews who are actual Jews, not trying to finesse it and have it both ways, when she was right there in the pews when the bile was spewed. Payback's a bitch, bitchez.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
It's worse than that. This church believes in (among other things) "speaking in tongues," separate parts of the Bible for Jews, literal interpretation (of what's left), "rapture" apocalyptic theology and miracle healing. They are extremely out of the mainstream, even by Fundamentalist standards. And that's more than mere religious quibbling.

Sarah Palin attends another Assembly of God church in Juneau. The AoG "fundamental tenets" are the same on the national denominational website as they are on the Wasilla AoG site.

It's a worldview comparable with one of those headlines "Child dies after parents refuse treatment for religious reasons."

And, remember, "Rev. Wright" was made fair game, so what's sauce for the goose ...

Some context (from 46 hours ago): "God Swill"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

AoG is just the "Christian" [I use that term advisedly, but know of nothing else suitable] version of "Jihadist".

The Muslims have their fanatics. We Christians have ours. I'm sure there are equally "rabid" Jewish equivalents.

I don't accept the "blame" for those folks any more than I suspect many of the more moderate Muslims accept their radicals.

Blogger Batocchio said...
Palin energizes their previously unenthused base, though, and they'd love to bring up Wright again, because they're beating conjuring images of a scary black man will help them more than the image of a religious nutcase praying for corporations will hurt them. You make good points as always, and in a rational world McCain-Palin would already be toast. But authoritarian conservatives aren't rational, and vote out of spite and a desire for power over others. Meanwhile, Rick Davis and the rest are counting they can sucker enough of the other 70% or so of Americans. The GOP can be beat of course, but the Dems shouldn't take anything for granted. Personally, I want to see some tough but smart attacks, and more discussion of Obama's great speech...

Blogger Batocchio said...
Err, "betting."

If only the far right religious crazies would stick to self-flagellation...

Blogger Ol Cranky said...
wow, we don't just have McSame to continue the Bush policies, we actually have Bushie's ideological twin as his co-pilot.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
http://wasillabible.org/sermons.htm where to find mre of the sermons