Palin Might Also Have Pastor Problems

Wasilla church leader Kalnins says Bush critics will go to hell
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2008 4:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – It turns out Sarah Palin has a controversial preacher of her own: Ed Kalnins, senior pastor at the Wasilla Assembly of God, which the Alaska governor has attended much of her adult life. Radar compiles some of his greatest hits:

  • On the Bush Administration and Katrina: "I hate criticisms towards the President 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."

  • On John Kerry: "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."
  • On his home state vis-à-vis the apocalypse: "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."