Muckraker: Grist on Politics

The Huffington Post did some digging on the church that Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin spent most of her life attending. Apparently the church films and posts all of its services.

In June, Palin gave a speech to the graduating class of commission students at her former church, Wasilla Assembly of God. In the video, she weaves together religion and her energy plans, asking the audience to pray for the natural-gas pipeline project she’s been pushing. “I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that,” she said.

Ed Kalnins, the senior pastor of Wasilla Assembly of God, reportedly believes that the “End Times” are upon us. On the day Palin appeared at his church in June, he told the crowd, “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.”

Some “End Times” believers tell folks that they should welcome the storms and droughts that result from climate change as signs of the Second Coming. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, for instance, advises Christians to respond to climate change by “look[ing] inwardly” and making sure they are “spiritually prepared to meet the End Times.”

Perhaps not so surprising, then, that Palin isn’t convinced about anthropogenic climate change?