Sarah Palin’s Religious Bellicosity

Our constitution may separate church and state, but the political game’s increasingly influenced by religious winds. Who could forget the upsets Barack Obama and John McCain faced over their respective pious pals, Jeremiah Wright and John Hagee?

Well, it seems Sarah Palin, whom McCain’s picked as his running mate, faces some of her own holy problems.

Nico Pitney and Sam Stein offer readers a view into Palin’s chosen church, where Ed Kalnins preaches with a fearsome fist. For example, Kalnins once declared that President Bush’s detractors should be sent to hell and equated the war on terror as “contending for your faith.”

It’s unclear whether Kalnins and Palin share identical faiths, but the politico’s certainly got a bit of Biblical fire in her belly:

Speaking before [a] Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

“Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she exhorted the congregants. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

Wait – does that make Dick Cheney God? Scary!