On May 17th a run-off election will be held for a City Council seat in Jacksonville, Florida. One of the candidates is part of the radical New Apostolic Reformation, has drawn the ire of LGBT advocacy groups, and commonly makes rather critical statements about President Barack Obama. Oh, and that’s the Democrat in this race.
The people of Jacksonville need a fresh breath. They need to know who they are voting for. I am not going to play the political games of pretending to be someone or something else to get elected and then having to spend four years living a lie. Everyone seems to be afraid of the word change because of the promises of other politicians who put a bad taste in the mouths of the people. Well, I must say that without change…things will stay the same! We just need the right kind of change. Before our cities can change, the hearts of men must change. When my heart was changed, everything around me fell into place. A lot of people talk about change, but my life is an example of it. By voting for me you will get a leader that is relevant, holds a high standard of morality and integrity is a shaker and mover that can make things happen in this city and does have a heart and mind to work FOR THE PEOPLE.”
But when Democratic candidate Kimberly Daniels says she’ll work “for the people,” does she mean the non-Christian people? Daniels has made a truly dizzying amount of anti-Pagan (and anti-any-religion that isn’t her brand of Christianity) public statements.
“At Spoken Word Ministries, we have church members who have had sex changes, participated in high-level occult rituals, witnessed shape-shifting (the changing of human beings into animals), and many other sinful problems.” - Kim Daniels, page 11, Delivered To Destiny (Charisma House, 2005)
“We have experienced much success in one-session deliverances [exorcisms]… However, there have been times when I have personally walked homosexuals, ex-witches and drug addicts through sessions that took place over a couple of years.” - Kim Daniels, page 151-152, Clean House, Strong House, 2003, Charisma House
“Lord, expose the work of every witch, sorcerer, spiritualist or person from the dark side operating through [Barack Obama's] cabinet members or through anyone else closely associated with him. We block the power of the influence of the Yoruba religion and all other groups of black people who worship their ancestors, in Jesus’ name. We put barriers around the Unites States that will bind and block the witchcraft coming from Kenya to influence our president in Jesus’ name. Let the power of every dedication of his past be broken, in Jesus’ name” - Kim Daniels, Charisma magazine, A Prayer For Barack Obama, January 19, 2009
I’m not exaggerating when I say that is only a sample of the rhetoric Daniels uses on a regular basis. She even takes a page out of good-ol’ Jack T. Chick and gives us the cursed candy Satanic Halloween narrative.
“The key word in discussing Halloween is “dedicated.” It is dedicated to darkness and is an accursed season. During Halloween, time-released curses are always loosed. A time-released curse is a period that has been set aside to release demonic activity and to ensnare souls in great measure. [...] Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by going door to door or by purchasing it from the local grocery store. The demons cannot tell the difference. [...] During this season witches are celebrating the changing of the seasons from summer to fall. They give praise to the gods for the demonic harvest. They pray to the gods of the elements (air, fire, water and earth). [...] While the lukewarm and ignorant think of these customs as “just harmless fun,” the vortexes of hell are releasing new assignments against souls. Witches take pride in laughing at the ignorance of natural men (those who ignore the spirit realm).“
So when Kimberly Daniels talks about binding, exorcising, and waging spiritual warfare against “witches” she isn’t being metaphorical, she means us. How would you like Daniels representing your interests in Jacksonville? A lot of commentary and response has been focused on her anti-gay remarks, and what appears to be an anti-Semitic comment about Jews “owning everything,” but even if we somehow contextualize all the statements that are currently getting press, it doesn’t erase her blatantly obvious opposition to modern Paganism. Does anyone honestly think she’ll erect some illusory theological firewall when making policy decisions? Kimberly Daniels isn’t getting any real heat for her anti-Pagan slurs (“sacrificing babies to shed innocent blood”, “orgies between animals and humans”), but it is there where the depth of her extremism is truly laid bare.