Pastor of Palin’s Wasilia Church: “critics of President Bush will be banished to hell”

(We were really hoping for snakes – promoted by Colorado Pols)

Palin, a devout Pentacostal (known most famously for speaking in tongues and exorcism), attended the same church since she was 12 years old until 2002. The church’s pastor says fun things like this.

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.”

She gave the graduation speech for its commission (?) students 3 months ago

Her speech in June provides as much insight into her policy leanings as anything uncovered since she was asked to be John McCain’s running mate.

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.

I am terrified by any person who sees foriegn policy in “left behind” terms.…

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  1. GeoGreg says:

    Well, I am not so worried about what her preacher says as what she says, and some of those quotes in the HuffPost article would concern me.  She seems to say that the Iraq War is a task from God.  She asks people to pray that a pipeline gets built.  I am not really sure that’s what God is supposed to be for…

  2. Whiskey Lima Juliet says:

    I guess I am on my way to hell.  it would appear the party is better down there.

    I will miss ice cream though, I really love ice cream.

    Wow, is this what America is becoming.  Be afraid, be very afraid. Add this to destroying books and creationism and I have to ask,

    “Is the Black guy really all that scary to the middle of America, when the alternative appears to be the second rising of the Crusades?”

  3. Go Blue says:

    And I thought only a few fringy people thought Jesus was a machine gun wielding confederate/republican. Apparently it’s a widely held belief that Jesus was a greedy republican who likes to kill people.

  4. BlueCat says:

    any more than it was to assume such a thing about Obama, it is completely fair to ask her what her views are and whether or not she agrees with her pastor, as was asked of Obama.  That ought to be interesting.  Hard to see her, the darling of the religious right, rejecting these statements as decisively as Obama rejected his pastor’s most offensive words.  

    Maybe Obama can win Florida after all.  Jewish seniors will not be at all comfortable with this.  And there will never be another butterfly ballot in Broward County.  They’ll know exactly who they’re voting for this time.    

  5. Ray Springfield says:

    I’m not a Christian, but I find anyone that claims Jesus taught violence to not be a Christian neither.  

    • I’m a Christian, but not a Dominionist / Joel’s Army Christian.  From what I can gather, most of these churches preach a combination of Old Testament and some variation of Revelation, and Jesus returning bearing a sword.

      • redstateblues says:

        Have these people even read the Bible? Jesus Christ was probably the least violent figure in human history.

        Turn the other cheek? Do unto others? Either of those ring a bell?

        • A lot of these preachers expound on this or that sign from the Book of Revelation, then go on and on about the literal word of the Bible.  But historically, the admonition at the end of Revelation to neither add nor take away words from the book was applied by the author specifically to the book of Revelation, not to the entire Bible (which didn’t exist as a collection at the time)!

          Many of the more traditional churches won’t touch the Revelation with a 20-foot pole.  The most you’d ever get from it were readings – no sermons, no Bible studies…  No interpretation.

          Amazing how everything is turned around 180В°.

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