This is shocking, but unfortunately not surprising. There is, in our mostly wonderful nation, the vestigial remnants of absolute ignorance. The GOP wants to play it down, but Al-Jazeera reporters have exposed the racism that is out in the open at a Sarah Palin rally in Ohio.
If it was hard to understand was some of the individuals said, here are some of the shocking statements:
“I’m afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over. He’s not a Christian! This is a Christian nation! What is our country gonna end up like?”
“When you got a Nigger running for president, you need a first stringer. He’s definitely a second stringer.”
“He seems like a sheep – or a wolf in sheep’s clothing to be honest with you. And I believe Palin – she’s filled with the Holy Spirit, and I believe she’s gonna bring honesty and integrity to the White House.”
“He’s related to a known terrorist, for one.”
“He is friends with a terrorist of this country!”
“He must support terrorists! You know, uh, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. And that to me is Obama.”
“Just the whole, Muslim thing, and everything, and everybody’s still kinda – a lot of people have forgotten about 9/11, but… I dunno, it’s just kinda… a little unnerving.”
“Obama and his wife, I’m concerned that they could be anti-white. That he might hide that.”
“I don’t like the fact that he thinks us white people are trash… because we’re not!”
But she’s not one heartbeat (of a 72 year old former smoker with a 40 percent chance of dying in office) away from the most important job in the world. Now, the following video would be funny if it weren’t concerning the possible future VP:
Add to her lack of foreign policy experience a religious, fundamentalist worldview. She stood in front of her church, Wasilla Assembly of God, and described the Iraq War as a messianic effort with the United States acting out the will of God. She believes in teaching creationism in schools. She sought to ban books from the local library.
She believes in abstinence-only, as opposed to sex education, for teenagers. Not to draw too fine a point on this, but maybe if she had talked to her daughter about condoms, Bristol wouldn’t be an unwed, pregnant teenager.
She believes you can “Pray the Gay Away.” Her church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer. “You’ll be encouraged by the power of God’s love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality,” announced the Wasilla church’s bulletin.
Palin’s pastor, Ed Kalnins, the senior pastor of Wasilla Assembly of God since 1999, has made some amazing statements:
“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.”
Kalnins repeatedly preaches about the “end times” —an apocalyptic prophesy laid out in the Book of Relevations. You may have heard this…Satan takes over the Earth, 666 and the mark of the beast, everyone dies except those who are faithful and saved by Jesus. During his appearance with Palin in June, he declared, “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.”
Sarah’s Witch Doctor
This video from Palin’s hometown church Web site shows her being blessed by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for her protection from “witchcraft.”
Bishop Thomas Muthee is seen in the pulpit of the Wasilla Assembly of God church, holding her hands open as he asked Jesus Christ to keep her safe from “every form of witchcraft.”
“Come on, talk to God about this woman. We declare, save her from Satan,” Muthee said as two attendants placed their hands on Palin’s shoulders at the Pentacostal church. “Make her way my God. Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus.
The upside of Palin’s affiliation with Muthee and his ability to practice “spiritual warfare” is that instead of invading Russia, he can create a voodo doll and stab it with a hat pin.