While not necessarily true, the reports are leaking out: Sarah Palin is a little more, uh, fundamentalist, than her “pit bull in lipstick” image would have us imagine. A
history of recorded sermons at Gov. Palin’s church gives a curious and frightening taste of some of the social and religious views to which they subscribe. Edit: the Wasilla Assembly of God church site was shut down, ostensibly because of excess bandwidth.
And two weeks ago, David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, delivered the sermon. It doesn’t make her a missionary or a militia member, as some commentators are now proposing, but it does indicate a certain agenda that she keeps in close quarters — for instance, when Brickner advocates that the violence in the Middle East is a direct result of the Jews’ refusal to accept You-Know-Who as their savior.
“Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It’s very real. When [Brickner’s son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment â€” you can’t miss it.”
The pastor at Palin’s church, who invited Brickner to speak, reminded press that Palin’s views on converting Jews are not necessarily the same as Brickner’s. However, given her bewildering statement that building the Alaska pipeline was God’s will, it indicates something we maybe should be watching. And, after the right played up Obama’s membership in the church of Jeremiah Wright, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Gov. Palin’s church harbors more than a lingering interest in an organization whose purported goal is to convert as many Jews to Christianity as possible.