Monday, September 08, 2008

Palin's Israeli flag

The Power Line boyz are squealing with delight over the fact that Sarah Palin has an Israeli flag in her office.

Golly, Spotty, we didn't know that Alaska had its own foreign policy!

Actually, grasshopper it doesn't. But that flag does say a lot about Sarah Palin's view of foreign policy, and unlike the Power Line boyz, Spot doesn't think it's good.

The Strib had an article yesterday that examined Sarah Palin's record as an evalgelista:

Later [at a graduation ceremony at the church], senior pastor Ed Kalnin -- with Palin standing at his side -- spoke about tapping into Alaska's natural resource wealth to fulfill the state's destiny of serving as a shelter for Christians at the end of the world.

"I believe that Alaska is one of the 'refuge states' -- come on, you guys -- in the Last Days," Kalnin said, raising his arm to underscore his point. "And hundreds of thousands of people are going to come to this state to seek refuge. And the church has to be ready to minister to them."

The Jews have a role in this, of course, hence Palin's enthusiasm for Israel:

Christian Zionists see the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 and the capture of Jerusalem in 1967 as highly significant, signalling the end of 2000 years exile, and the end of the 'Times of the Gentiles'. Hal Lindsey is regarded as the 'Father of the Modern-Day Bible Prophecy movement'27 and a leading representative of Christian Zionists. He insists the Temple Mount is 'the most disputed 35 acres on the Planet,'28 and the fate of the earth will be determined by its contested ownership.29

    Obstacle or no obstacle, it is certain that the Temple will be rebuilt. Prophecy demands it... With the Jewish nation reborn in the land of Palestine, ancient Jerusalem once again under total Jewish control for the first time in 2600 years, and talk of rebuilding the great Temple, the most important sign of Jesus Christ's soon coming is before us... It is like the key piece of a jigsaw puzzle being found... For all those who trust in Jesus Christ, it is a time of electrifying excitement.30
    Since the 1960's, I have been writing and saying that the single most important key to prophecies yet to be fulfilled involve rebuilding the Temple. Twenty-five years ago, the whole idea of Jews actually rebuilding their holy Temple seemed quaint-even far fetched. Today, nobody's laughing about the notion.31

In order to build the temple, however, the third holiest place in Islam, The Dome of the Rock, will have to be razed. If this seems like a recipe for bloodshed to you, boys and girls, you are not alone.

Spot just hopes that some journalist, interviewer, or candidate asks Pain about her millennialist beliefs before our end-of-the-world friend has a chance to make it so.

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