Ed Kalnins is the blabbering maniac in charge of the Wasilla Assembly of God, and would have been completely obscure were it not for the fact that this was Sarah Palin’s church until 2002.
Kalnins has preached that critics of President Bush will be banished to hell. He has also been skeptical of whether people who voted for Sen. Kerry would be accepted into heaven, and preached that 9/11 and the war in Iraq were part of a world war over Christianity. He is also famous for claiming that "I believe that Alaska is one of the refuge states... in the Last Days, and hundreds of thousands of people are going to come to this state to seek refuge. And the church has to ready to minister to them.” That kind of guy. The Assembly has also invited Thomas Muthee as a guest speaker, but that’s a topic for a different entry.
Diagnosis: Pretty insane kook with a militant wingnut bent. He is probably not particularly influential, but his connection with Palin may be interesting to delve into.