The Right-wingers over at Red County and Flash Report just couldn’t get enough of flap the Obama campaign faced over his pastor Jeremiah Wright’s statements in Church. As I recall the media played the clip over and over again of Wright shouting “God Damn America!”
In a Total Buzz post in March 2008, Dan Chmielewski was quoted “If presidential candidates are going to be held accountable for statements made by pastors, why isn’t Sen. (John) McCain being held accountable for anti-Catholic statements made by Pastor John Hagee or anti-Muslim statements made by Pastor Rod Parsley?” Jubal (A.K.A. Matt Cunningham at RedCounty.com) responded; “To answer Dan’s question, maybe it’s because McCain isn’t a member of Hagee’s church, whereas Wright has been Obama’s pastor for 20 years. The difference is pretty obvious.” Â
Really? So that’s the standard?
I found this post by Max Blumenthal over at The Nation Blog, and believe our readers deserve the opportunity to witness the story here without having to Google it like the McCain Campaign should have done during their abbreviated vetting process. So what oracle has delivered to us this massive gift of hateful irony?
God’s message was delivered by none other than the guiding hand of the Senior Pastor of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s home church, Larry Kroon of Wasilla Bible Church. On July 20, 2008 Kroon, delivered a sermon called “Sin Is Personal To God,” warning God “is gonna strike out his hand against” America.
“That great day of the Lord, when God will finally bring closure to human history… a day of wrath.” According to Kroon, “all things and all people” are going to bear the brunt of God’s “intense anger.” “There’s anger with God,” he proclaimed. “He takes sin personal.”
“And if Zephaniah were here today,” Kroon bellowed, “he’d be saying, â€˜Listen, [God] is gonna deal with all the inhabitants of the earth. He is gonna strike out His hand against, yes, Wasilla; and Alaska; and the United States of America. There’s no exceptions here — there’s none. It’s all.”
“It’s so very possible that God, instead of responding by granting spiritual renewal and sustained prosperity,” Kroon said in a sermon on July 13, 2008, “could just as easily…it’s conceivable that He could just as easily, for example, raise up a revived, prosperous and powerful Communist Russia with a web of alliances across the Middle East. And our gas pumps would go dry. The dollar would collapse. And the markets would crash. The kayak could go upside down. And it could happen in a matter of weeks. That could happen. It could happen by this fall.”
So why are we only hearing crickets from the right about her attendance at a church whose pastor preaches that God “is gonna strike out his hand against” America. When will Sarah Palin be asked to repudiate the comments of her pastor? When will we hear the sound-bites of his sermons played over and over on the 24 hour news channels?
They probably never will. I don’t think the rightosphere/media would play or comment on video of Sarah Palin pulling rattle snakes out of a bag while speaking in tongues if we found one.