Palin’s Jeremiah Wright?
Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Lisa Murkowski receive a blessing from Pastor Ed Kalnins in June 2008.
Many Republicans are salivating at the thought of continuing their guilt-by-association games all the way through the November 4 election. Rush Limbaugh spoke for a lot of them when he said recently, “Folks, about October this country is going to be saturated with Jeremiah Wright video and audio. Oh, you know it will resurface. We’ve already got it on our calendar here.”
But before right-wingers relaunch that smear campaign, perhaps they should take a close look at Sarah Palin’s own former religious leader, Pastor Ed Kalnins.
According to The Huffington Post today, Pastor Kalnins…
• 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.”
Wright got in a lot of trouble for saying “G-D America.” Palin’s pastor seems to have said almost the same thing – only he was nice enough to limit it to just the Democrats in America:
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.”
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.”
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