Archive for the ‘Church’ Category

Sarah Wants to Make Criticism of Her a Constitutional Wrong

November 1, 2008

My head hurts. Sarah Palin says that the free press questioning her intentions and statements violates her first amendment rights as an American. The problem is that the First Amendment states that the government (and this includes people in government seeking higher positions within it) needs to allow free, peaceful exchange of thoughts, associations, and grievances. And the government needs to stay clear of religion.

Maybe Palin’s confusing us with a religious state? Or maybe she read the first amendment upside down.

Read about it in the Huffington Post.

Read about the First Amendment here at Salon and here at Find Law.

Max Blumenthal’s Coverage of Pastor Thomas Muthee at Wasilla Assembly of God, September 2008.

October 10, 2008

Video from hidden cameras and tape recorders and video from Wasilla, Alaska. It includes interviews with Rev. Howard Bess, author of “Pastor, I am Gay”, a book that Palin and others successfully fought to get banned from the Mat-Su Valley bookstores and that she sought to get banned from the public library. And an interview with Peggy Brown, executive director the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault who talks about the huge number of cases of rape and incest that occur in the region. And an attempted interview with McCain-Palin campaign representatives in Wasilla. There is also coverage of an anti-abortion really in Wasilla (I guess these are pretty common occurances). The speaker makes the argument that using birth control pills amounts to murder.

And Max’s web site.

Is this why there are no snakes in Alaska?

Top Ten Methods the McCain-Palin Ticket Employs to Incite Mob Violence

October 9, 2008
  1. Informs American women that facial hair removal will not be included in the Obama-Biden health care plan.
  2. Starts a smear campaign associating Barack Obama with Pontius Pilate, Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, Lee Harvey Oswald, Marcus Junius Brutus, Darth Vader, Judas Iscariot, Adolph Hitler, and Todd and Sarah Palin.
  3. Tells us that we are all prisoners of evil forces that feed us a simulated reality called the FoxMatrix.
  4. Sends Sarah and Todd Palin to Flint, Michigan where they stand on a street corner and say, “The economy is fundamentally strong.”
  5. Instead of handing out those six-packs, has Sarah Palin play the extended, dance version of “The Homecoming” on her flute as the warm-up to their political rallies.
  6. Gives Brad Hanson Sarah Palin’s new cell phone number so they can catch up on old times.
  7. Goes to a crowded  movie theater and yells, “Hussein! Black man! Fire!“.
  8. Puts the White House up for sale on EBay and sells it at a loss.
  9. Tells all those people fleeing to Alaska for the End Times and Rapture that they will not qualify for rebate checks.
  10. John will put on some heels, take off his gloves, and do a strip tease with his old “Flame of Florida” at a VFW event.

Sarah Palin is “Palling Around with Terrorists”

October 6, 2008

I’m ecstatic to see Sarah Palin out on parole for good behavior after her debate with Joe Biden. I’m hoping to hear more from her: She’s been hiding from us for too long.

And what better way to celebrate coming out than making a speech in San Francisco (okay south of it in Burlingame, but close enough). Sarah cited a New York Times article to support her claim that Barack Obama “palled around with terrorists”. I was amazed on a couple of levels:

First, Sarah Palin reads the New York Times? Cool! I read it, too. But wait, if you read the article you don’t get the impression that Barack Obama actually “pals around” with Bill Ayers. Rather Obama is quoted again as calling Bill Ayers, now a college professor, “somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.” And they both live in Chicago and are involved in politics so their paths have crossed several times. So, no, we still have no idea what newspapers Sarah Palin reads. Or if she read anything that doesn’t fit on an index card.

Second, Sarah Palin is saying loud and clear that we should look closely at the people with whom politicians running for elected office “pal around with”. Well, that seems prudent. So let’s look at the terrorists that Sarah Palin pals around with.

  • Pastor Thomas Muthee. A Kenyan pastor whose claim to fame is denouncing people as witches in the name of Christianity. He’s also an anti-Semite who encourages devout Christians to take a page out of “Israelites” playbook and dominate education, politics, and business. And be believes in using violence to help achieve goals faster. Sarah more than “pals around” with Thomas Muthee: She names him as the person responsible for praying her into the office of governor of Alaska.
  • The Wasilla Assembly of God and pastor Ed Kalins. Sarah, along with her entire family, was re-baptized into the church when she was twelve. She has regularly attended the church from 1974  until 2002 when she was running for lieutenant governor of Alaska. The church and its pastor are  part of The Third Wave of the Holy Spirit or the New Apostolic Reformation. In addition to preparing for and helping along the end of the world, the movement is training a young “Joel’s Army” to take dominion over the United States and the world. Basically, they’re tent revivalists with the goal of achieving world domination and ridding the universe of demons through violence. And Alaska is the place where anyone left standing after the holy war flees to when the end of the world happens — not for those rebate checks — but for salvation.
  • The Juneau Christian Church and Pastor Mike Rose. Another of Sarah Palin’s churches and a member of the Third Wave. In particular, this church has integrated “Holy Laughter” into its services. Think of a crowd of people convulsing in an uncontrolled manner. Then think of a pastor kicking in the head of someone who gets too out of control. Ouch.
  • Church on the Rock, Wasilla and Senior Pastor David Pepper. Another church that is part of the Third Wave and Joel’s Army. Sorry, I know this is getting repetitive. But Sarah is very deliberate and specific in her religious associations.
  • Wasilla Bible Church and Pastor Larry Kroon. I’m throwing them in mostly for being supporters of David Bricker, the international leader of “Jews for Jesus”. Pastor Kroon is mentioned in their promotional materials and Pastor Kroon has had David Bricker over to preach. Jews for Jesus are terrorists? Well, if you’re Jewish you tend to think this way particularly when their goal is to convert  Jews to accept Jesus as their Savior. All I’m saying is if you go to a seder, DON’T bring these people up in conversation. Oh, and the Wasilla Bible Church also supports the ex-gay movement to make gay people go straight. So if you’re gay you tend to think these people are terrorists, too. All I’m saying is if you’re planning on having any gay friends, DON’T suggest that you drop-in on one of their meetings before you catch a Barbra Streisand concert.
  • Todd Palin and the Alaska Independence Party. Todd’s more than her pal — he’s Sarah’s husband! And he was registered with the Alaska Independence Party from 1995 until 2002, the year that Sarah Palin ran for lieutenant governor in Alaska. (Boy, big changes for Sarah in 2002 when she started grabbing for more power and visibility.) I’m not sure if wanting to break up the United States of America makes you a terrorist. It’s at least un-American and un-patriotic. And we did go to war over secession in the mid-19th century. But maybe they just want Alaska (and ideally Hawaii) to break off to give the people in the lower 48 states a simpler country map to draw? It’ll mean having two fewer neighboring countries: Russia and Afghanistan.

But wait: Isn’t this unfair to call into question someone’s credentials to run for public office based on a person’s associations with others? Isn’t this smearing someone and employing Swift Boat Tactics? Nah, Sarah Palin says it’s fair game. And after all this silence on Sarah’s part I am looking forward to hearing her discuss her past and present associations with her terrorist pals!

Update: October 6: And now Sarah Palin’s playing the Rev. Wright card. But I wonder if John McCain is all that eager to hear about it, too. After all, McCain stopped Rev. Wright ads in April 2008.

Update October 7: Sarah’s hitting a few more television outlets, heavy on Fox News, with her stump speech. And she’s integrated Tina Fey to her chatter. But no print media. Sarah: Whatever you do, DON’T play a flute duet with Tina Fey on SNL. And try to find something new to talk about: that stump speech is on YouTube and everyone’s already seen it.

Update October 8: OMG. She speaks! And she’s still talking about getting on TV with Tina Fey. And now she has nothing to hide from Troopergate. And she’s still sore at McCain about Michigan.

Sarah Palin the Creationist is a Modern Day Flintstone

September 28, 2008

As a creationist, Sarah Palin believes that dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time as humans. Does that make Sarah Palin a T-Rex in Lipstick?

It’s a startling realization that the person asking to be a heart-beat away from the presidency could consider the “Flintstones” a biographical cartoon. I know scientists, I know Christians, and I know scientists who are Christians. And I can say with absolute certainty that I know no scientist who is a praticing Christian who believes the earth is 6,000 years old.

Read it in the Los Angeles Times or Progressive Alaska.