Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sarah Palin: Iraq is a 'Task from God'

Another day, another revelation about John McCain's Vice-Presidential running mate. Today, we learn that she's a Evangelical wackjob.

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.

Turns out that the church's pastor, Ed Kalnins, is a bit of a character himself.

During the 2004 election season, he praised President Bush's performance during a debate with Sen. John Kerry, then offered a not-so-subtle message about his personal candidate preferences. "I'm not going tell you who to vote for, but if you vote for this particular person, I question your salvation. I'm sorry." Kalnins added: "If every Christian will vote righteously, it would be a landslide every time."

Here's his views on Bush's critics during Hurricane Katrina:

Months after hinting at possible damnation for Kerry supporters, Kalnins bristled at the treatment President Bush was receiving over the federal government's handling of Hurricane Katrina. "I hate criticisms towards the President," he said, "because it's like criticisms towards the pastor -- it's almost like, it's not going to get you anywhere, you know, except for hell. That's what it'll get you."

And here's Kalnins asking his fellow worshipers to fight and die for the Iraq war:

What you see in a terrorist -- that's called the invisible enemy. There has always been an invisible enemy. What you see in Iraq, basically, is a manifestation of what's going on in this unseen world called the spirit world. ... We need to think like Jesus thinks. We are in a time and a season of war, and we need to think like that. We need to develop that instinct. We need to develop as believers the instinct that we are at war, and that war is contending for your faith. ... Jesus called us to die. You're worried about getting hurt? He's called us to die. Listen, you know we can't even follow him unless you are willing to give up your life. ... I believe that Jesus himself operated from that position of war mode. Everyone say "war mode." Now you say, wait a minute Ed, he's like the good shepherd, he's loving all the time and he's kind all the time. Oh yes he is -- but I also believe that he had a part of his thoughts that knew that he was in a war.

Tune in tomorrow with another embarrassing revelation from Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin!

3 comments:

Count Istvan said...

It's getting about time for me to print the lyrics to "The Vacant chair" again isn't?

godzilla104 said...

Oh, I get it. She knows she has no idea about foreign policy or the war, so if she gets down on her knees in front of people and claims its all God's will, they'll buy it when she says she's got executive experience.

Executive Experience=Talks to God.


Didn't they used to throw a net over your head for going around and saying that?

et said...

Our Miz Sarah has her own "Reverend Wright" moment, it seems. Recent and close to home. Politico reports that Palin was in attendance when...

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


Is it just me, or shouldn't most of us be sick and tired of politicians who think God tells them what to do? This whole wear-your-faith-on-your-sleeve thing is at best stale, and there is no doubt it insults the intelligence of the electorate and the whole political process. Let me borrow shamelessly from Obama: ENOUGH!

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