Update: Palin’s Anti-Pagan Coreligionists

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  September 18, 2008 — 5 Comments

Since I first posted about Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin’s troubling co-religionists, the mainstream press and several major blogs have homed in on the blessing Palin received from the African Bishop Thomas Muthee.

“Palin describes the visit of Pastor Thomas Muthee to the Wasilla Assembly of God in 2005. “As I was mayor and Pastor Muthee was here and he was praying over me, and you know how he speaks and he’s so bold. And he was praying ‘Lord make a way, Lord make a way,'” Palin remarked. “And I’m thinking, this guy’s really bold, he doesn’t even know what I’m going to do, he doesn’t know what my plans are,” she continued. “And he’s praying not ‘oh Lord if it be your will may she become governor,’ no, he just prayed for it. He said, ‘Lord make a way and let her do this next step. And that’s exactly what happened.'” “So, again, very very powerful, coming from this church,” she added.”

Muthee is feted by fellow Christians in America and in Africa for driving out the “spirit of witchcraft” that resided in the village of Kiambu, Kenya. Now it seems this wasn’t purely spiritual warfare on the part of Muthee, but involved stirring up mobs and driving a local fortune-teller out of town.

“According to the Christian Science Monitor, six months of fervent prayer and research identified the source of the witchcraft as a local woman called Mama Jane, who ran a “divination” centre called the Emmanuel Clinic … after Pastor Muthee declared Mama Jane a witch, the townspeople became suspicious and began to turn on her, demanding that she be stoned. Public outrage eventually led the police to raid her home, where they fired gunshots, killing a pet python which they believed to be a demon. After Mama Jane was questioned by police – and released – she decided it was time to leave town, the account says.”

As I pointed out previously, this isn’t some isolated third-world preacher, Muthee has toured America, received mainstream press coverage, and gave 10 consecutive sermons at Wasilla Assembly of God (Palin’s former church). He is a strong proponent of the spiritual warfare tactics endorsed by “Third Wave” Christian churches. Knowing that she was willingly blessed by an anti-witch fanatic, someone who has helped stir up the kind of mobs responsible for the horrific deaths of innocent men and women in Kenya, makes me reiterate my previous closing statement on this matter.

“What Pagans need to know, especially those who are considering voting Republican, is if Palin condemns or rejects the spiritual warfare teachings of the Third Wave movement. A movement that essentially espouses malicious Christian magic. Pagans have seen first hand that the religious opinions of Presidents have been used in the past by government agencies to deny us our legal rights. What would happen if our vice president thought we should be supernaturally eradicated?”

Does Palin still credit Muthee (via the power of “Jesus”) with “making a way” to power for her? Does she know and approve of Muthee’s spiritual war against “witches”? I think it would be important to know these things before election day.

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  • And Little Fishes

    I know this is a late response; sorry about that! Something I haven’t seen in media related to the Palin/AoG story is this: Teen Challenge (start at Wikipedia) is a faith-based funding recipient, spun off from the Assembly of God. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, among others, have noted that one aspect of this Jesus Boot Camp Rehab outfit is that it “completes” Jews. That means converts them to Christianity, in the course of helping with their substance abuse issues, with tax-payer dollars. It’s another face of the intolerant, Christo-centric Assembly of God that Palin is steeped in.

  • Aron R.

    You're new to this, aren't you?

  • Jason Pitzl-Waters

    Also, if you think Palin would respect our beliefs, you obviously haven't visited her church.

  • Hygeia

    Paganism isn't a religion really. The word pagan was coined by Christians. Wicca is a religion, so is Asatru and Roman Reconstructionism and Druidism. We call ourselves "pagans" to take back the word. But I personally don't call myself pagan anymore, do to all the negative use of the term. Like the person said above, it is more of an umbrella for a culture, so we can find each other online, more than saying paganism is our actual religion.

    It scares me though. I am a kind, moral person and Christians grouping us into things they perceive as negative doesn't help us. It is sort of funny though when I say I am Roman Reconstructionist, people take it like I just said I am Greek Orthodox. :)

  • Hygeia

    I would also like to point out that some people do use Neo-Pagan as a religious term. I guess Wikipedia states it best, "Neopaganism, sometimes referred to simply as Paganism,[1] is an umbrella term used to identify a wide variety of modern religious movements, particularly those influenced by the pre-Christian pagan beliefs of Europe." I don't tend to use it myself, probably because I've been in a Roman Reconstructionist groups and an Asatru one and feel those descriptions are more apt and less used by people, less tarnished by opinion by outsiders who want to call anything that isn't Christianity witchcraft, which it isn't. And even that is witchcraft from their own eyes…so Hindus and Shintos, even Buddhists, are seen as not doing the Christian Gods work (whatever that is, I thought it was just being good to each other, silly me). I have relatives that are missionaries (yes I know, weird) and they think they are helping people by forcing them, in a way, to be Christian, or else they won't build houses or feed them. It isn't like the 1700s where people would travel to another land and just use native for target practice because they were pagan animals, but it isn't too far off. It does scare me. I feel I can't be out there with my religion like I thought I could be in the past. Being Strega as well, we do live with almost a Catholic tie, since some of our kin use Catholic saints much like Voudoun workers do…wait, those type of Christians probably believe that the Haiti earthquake was Haiti's fault and that the Japanese are to blame for practicing Shintoism or Buddhism. So what happens once the big one hits here…oh, wait Southern California is full of pagans too, so I guess they are bringing to themselves as well…even though there are more Christians here than anything else…but to their eyes, they are probably not real Christians, whatever that is.

    Can't people just be Christian? Like "do onto others like you would like to be done to you" Christians? I don't know why witches or pagans should even be brought into the conversation in the first place. I'd never gone to a Neo-pagan ritual where Christianity was even mentioned. We don't want to do harm to others and harm includes telling someone what they believe in their heart as religion is wrong. We want people to be free and happy, as much as they can. I should note this doesn't mean being unlawful, just mentally free, like Freedom of Speech and other rights we have in the US are. It doesn't mean only the majority gets to have rights. As a minority religion member, I feel very upset any time I read something like this, especially if it involves someone in office. American is melting pot, not something to mold so that all people are only one faith or one lifestyle or of one political party. Ugh, it is hard to think about.