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Wednesday, September 3

Meet Sarah Palin's Rev. Wright

Remember a few months ago when Barack Obama's crazy-ass preacher was exposed as an anti-Semitic, anti-American, media hungry loon? He's not alone! Everyone's favorite gun-toting, moose-eating, snow mobile-riding governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, has a kooky pastor problem too. His name is Ed Kalnins, and he's the senior pastor at the Wasilla Assembly of God, the church Palin attended for most of her adult life. Kalnins is not likely to gain the type of attention Wright did, because though he may be controversial, it's in a less scary (ie., lighter-hued) vein.
He spouts less of the anti-American rhetoric and, predictably, isn't as outspoken when it comes to being black. Instead, he's crazy in a hardcore evangelical/questioning the salvation of Democrats kind of way. And while Wright scared conservatives (He's black! He hates America! He wears dashikis!) by just saying the same stupid stuff evangelicals have been saying forever, Kalnins is more likely to be mocked than feared. See for yourself:
On John Kerry supporters: "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."
On post Katrina criticisms of President Bush: "I hate criticisms towards the President 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."
On Alaska's role in the end of times: "I believe Alaska is one of the refuge states in the last days, and hundreds of thousands of people are going to come to the state to seek refuge and the church has to be ready to minister to them."
On the other states that will have a big role in the end of times: "Every state has its prophetic calling ... from the Lord. Some states are stronger than others. I believe Alaska is going to be one of the sources of refuge ... just like California, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey."
On how God is calling on Christians to die fighting terrorists: "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.... 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."
On how God speaks to him about the lives of golf partners: "I said, I'm a minister from Alaska and I want you to know that your wife left you—you know that your wife left you and that the Lord is gonna defend you in a very short time, and it wasn't your fault. And the man drops his clubs, he literally was about to tee off and he dropped his clubs, and he says, 'Who the blank are you?' And I says, 'well, I'm a minister.' He says, 'how do you know about my life? What do you know?' And I started giving him more of the word of knowledge to his life and he was freaked out."

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