Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Introducing Sarah Palin's former pastor...

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What is it with troublesome pastors and the US election? Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sarah Palin's former pastor, Ed Kalnins of the Wasilla Assembly of God Church, turns out to be the nuttiest of the lot, as this excellent report in today's Times shows:

"He declined to set an exact date for the Rapture, or the 'End of Days' – the belief in a time when Jesus will return, raising up believers to Heaven and leaving the wicked to be ruled by the Antichrist – but hopes it will be in his lifetime. 'I’m looking out the window and I can see it’s going to rain,” he said. “I’m just looking at the turmoil of the world, Iraq, other places – everywhere people are fighting against Christ.'"

Palin left the Assembly of God in 2002, having attended for 26 years, but did speak there in June this year, telling the congregation that the Iraq war is "a task that is from God", as well as attributing His hand to a project firmly grounded in human action – “I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built.”

There's more good stuff in the article. I wonder if the residents of Wasilla, Alaska are enjoying this influx of journalists from around the world?

The Times is proving very good on Palin – see Ruth Gledhill's analysis on what we can deduce about her beliefs.


Tom Davies said...

Palin didn't actually say that fighting in Iraq was a task from God, she said that she prays that it is: