Monday, October 6, 2008

Anti-Semitic sermon at Palin's church. By the way, she did not get up and leave.

You may have heard that Republican candidate for Vice President Sarah Palin participated in a religious service at her church which was conducted by a self-proclaimed witch-hunter named Rev. Thomas Muthee. The Christian Science Monitor wrote in 1999 that Muthee believes in something he calls "spiritual mapping" via which he discerns the presence of good and evil in geographical terms. He first gained fame as a witch-hunter by using "spiritual mapping" to identify a woman in Kiambu, an impoverished village near Nairobi, as a witch because she was ran a "divination clinic" and lived near an intersection where there were repeated traffic accidents. Here's how the Christian Science Monitor recounts it:

Pondering the message of Eph.6:12 ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world..."), they prayed to identify the source of Kiambu's spiritual oppression, Mr. Muthee says. Their answer: the spirit of witchcraft.

Their research into the community revealed that a woman called "Mama Jane" ran a "divination clinic" frequented by the town's most powerful people. After months of prayer, Muthee held a crusade that "brought about 200 people to Christ." Their church in the basement of a grocery store was dubbed "The Prayer Cave," as members set up round-the-clock intercession. Mama Jane counterattacked, he says, but eventually "the demonic influence - the 'principality' over Kiambu - was broken," and she left town.

That unfortunate woman was forced to leave the village through what Muthee describes as a combination of prayer and "community action". That sounds a bit like a lynch mob, doesn't it?

There's a very interesting blog post with more background about this here. It sites a book called The Twilight Labyrinth which quotes Muthee as to his witch-hunting technique. Here's a quote from Muthee:

After several months of prayer and research, we discovered that many of the things going on in Kiambu were linked to a powerful woman named Mama Jane. As we sought the Lord for understanding, He revealed to us that Mama Jane was a witch. Although she tried to pretend she was a Christian, even going so far as to call her divination house ‘Emmanuel Clinic,’ her business was pure witchcraft.

Would it surprise you that a person who would accuse and persecute purported "witches" would also preach against Jews? Of course not. Now would it surprise you if he did so in the presence of Sarah Palin who went on to participate in the service? Here's what Muthee said:

"The second area whereby God wants us, wants to penetrate in our society is in the economic area. The Bible says that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. It's high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers, you know, who are men and women of integrity running the economics of our nations. That's what we are waiting for. That's part and parcel of transformation. If you look at the -- you know -- if you look at the Israelites, that's how they work. And that's how they are, even today."

Muthee makes that classic anti-Semitic utterance at 1:20 of the YouTube video. Sarah Palin makes her appearance to receive Muthee's blessing and de-witchification at about 7:00.

Republicans up in arms about Obama's associations, feel free to comment as to why this doesn't bother you.

source: Daily Kos: Preacher Problem!

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