The founder of the Christianist extremist Assemblies of God ministry Minnesota Teen Challenge (which was the beneficiary of a a $500,000 earmark request from Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar), David Wilkerson, has cut loose with some serious batsh*ttery over at WingNutDaily.

David Wilkerson, author of “The Cross and the Switchblade,” a book about his ministry to troubled New York street kids that was later made into a movie starring Pat Boone, tells readers of his blog this weekend that he is “compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message” about his prediction.

“An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen,” he writes. “It is going to be so frightening, we are all going to tremble – even the godliest among us.”

Wilkerson’s vision is of fires raging through New York City.

It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires – such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago,” he explains. “There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting – including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

What do you think is going to be the cause of the violence and chaos — the fallout from eight years of Bush economic policies? The greed of the banks? Nope. It’s secular America’s SIN, and you better start buying up canned goods before Satan leaves you high and dry.

“God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations,” claims Wilkerson. “He is destroying the secular foundations.” Wilkerson urges everyone to stockpile a 30-day supply of food and other necessities to deal with the catastrophe he foresees.

Ken Avidor blogged about this nut over at DKos, and asks the question — why would an elected official ask for $500K of your tax dollars for this Halloween-hating, organization, that offers pray-away-the-gay counseling? Its Student Handbook includes this in its Conduct section: “Students must conduct themselves in a manner pleasing to God.  There shall be no smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use, or homosexual behavior.” The application also asks: “Have you ever engaged in homosexual activity?

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding