Tuesday, September 9, 2008

To Hell With You: Sarah Palin's Religious Views

We are all damned to hell! Voters, conservative and liberal alike, should be really alarmed about Sarah Palin’s religious background.

Sarah Palin is a conservative, Christian fundamentalist who believes in a supposed “literal translation” of the Bible. This is fine, except that she also believes that it is completely appropriate for her religious views to shape her political actions. “Among other things, she encouraged a group of young church leaders to pray that ‘God’s will’ be done in bringing about the construction of a big pipeline in the state. She also suggested her work as governor would be hampered ‘if the people of Alaska’s heart isn’t right with God’.” Let's remember, too, her position on teaching Creationism in public schools.

Sarah Palin’s former pastor and current adviser, Pastor Kalnins, has 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’:"

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.

Pastor Kalnins has preached against gays, Catholics and the state of Israel. He also teaches that
to defy President Bush is like defying your pastor and that defying your pastor is a sin. JFK was questioned as a Catholic about his allegiance to the "papacy." When will Palin face questions about her allegiance to a fundamentalist pastor who is little more than a bizarro version of bin Laden?

Are you scared yet? If not, let's read a bit of fundamentalist literature as offered by Jack Chick, the author and publisher of Chick Tracts and the Crusader comics.

Theme: Evolution

Crusaders Comic Volume 6

Frank Connelly is the producer of a television series based on evolution...but his meeting with the Crusaders and their friend, Dr. Lind, will change his opinion on what he's producing.

Dr. Lind spends time with the producer discussing various "facts" of evolution.

With proof presented to him, Frank Connelly is convinced evolution is not the truth.

This comic proves that the "science" of evolution can only be labeled as misleading theory. Many are being brainwashed in the schools and through the media into believing the Bible is false and that evolution is a scientific fact. Now it's time they are told the truth!

Theme: God and the War in Iraq

...Did you note the appreciation for diversity and intellectualism?

The double-standards of Republicans never cease to amaze me. They are rallying around Palin, rebuffing even the tiniest bit of scrutiny. With Barack Obama, they dug up every bit of information they could find about his religious background -- and it was all fair play. Not only was Obama expected to distance himself from the musings of Rev. Wright, he was expected to denounce them. Conservative voters used Obama’s affiliation with the Trinity United Church of Christ to say that he was suspect and biased, that he “just can’t be trusted.” Palin’s association with the Wasilla Assembly of God, however, should raise even larger concerns – for gays, for Catholics, for Jews, for scientists, for non-theocrats ...


Werner Herzog's Bear said...

I like how the second comic makes the chaplain who's tolerant of other faiths out to be the hateful one, and the guy who believes that those who don't accept Jesus will suffer eternal torment to be the loving one. I used to have stuff like this handed to me on the street in Chicago.

Zora said...

Yes, I actually grew up in an evangelical church like Palin's. People should know how anti-Catholic, anti-intellectual and intolerant the Christian fundamentalist worldview is. I am shocked that the media isn't digging deeper.