Thursday, September 25, 2008

Well, Glad We Don't Have THAT to Worry About...


Alaska Politics Blog : Palin blessed three years ago to be free from 'witchcraft' (Updated)
Palin once blessed to be free from 'witchcraft'
By GARANCE BURKE
Associated Press Writer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A grainy YouTube video surfaced Wednesday showing Sarah Palin being blessed in her hometown church three years ago by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for her protection from "witchcraft" as she prepared to seek higher office.

The video shows Palin standing before Bishop Thomas Muthee in the pulpit of the Wasilla Assembly of God church, holding her hands open as he asked Jesus Christ to keep her safe from "every form of witchcraft."

"Come on, talk to God about this woman. We declare, save her from Satan," Muthee said as two attendants placed their hands on Palin's shoulders. "Make her way my God. Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus. ... Use her to turn this nation the other way around.
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I bet the Republicans are going to be glad they spent so much time making sure that a candidate's preacher was a legitimate campaign issue. Now that the press is actually beginning to grow a spine regarding JMWWAPOW and Caribou Barbie, maybe some intrepid reporter will ask the Governor if she feels that she's safe from witches now. That should be entertaining.


17 comments:

Celine said...

Sadly, I've already seen the spin on this one. It runs: "Oh yeah, like someone who's been to her church three times is equivalent to listening to an anti-white bigot for 20 years."

JD Rhoades said...

The answer to that is to keep pressing the main question: does a candidate for national office believe she needed protection from witchcraft? Does she feel the reverend's words were effective and she now no longer has to worry about being turned into a newt?

Bill Cameron said...

She's NOT a newt?

eviljwinter said...

Hey, wait! When I was a kid, I prayed to God to keep me safe from vampires.

Yeah, I was five at the time, but I don't see why that shouldn't count.

Jim Winter: Lives near Canada, safe from vampires.

Yeah. I'm ready to lead on Day 1!

JD Rhoades said...

She's NOT a newt?

She got better.

pattinase (abbott) said...

We need to be blessed to be free of her witchcraft.

Gerard said...

I would post a response but I keep sounding like a Palin apologist and I don't even like her.

John Dishon said...

So what if she does believe it? There shall be no religious test, remember?

Anyway, there much more pressing matters at stake then someone's religious beliefs. It's a shame that we as a country can't focus on anything besides scandal.

JD Rhoades said...

John: There's a difference between an official religious test and my own opinion as to whether or not a potential Chief Executive has a belief that they need protection from witchcraft. A belief like that impacts a President's feeling on a wide number of policy questions and indicates a contempt for rationality, and I for one want to know about it.

We've seen eight years of magical irrational thinking in the Oval Office, I don't want to see even one more.

Gerard said...

I'm assuming she was participating and appearing as a political figure. But I don't know and I'm still trying to not sound like an apologist.

Indiana Joe said...

Maybe she should have asked for protection from the National Enquirer instead.

Gerard said...

Since the Enquirer pays money for stories, could a story pay them money to leave them alone?

Tom said...

"There shall be no religious test, remember?"

Gee . . . you mean there are rules for decent campaigning?

So, then what's all the fuss about Obama's pastor and his purported secret Islamicism? Or do only Democrats have to be polite?

I don't want a veep or president who thinks The Flintstones is historically accurate. Do you?

David said...

"No religious test" only means that belonging or not belonging to <religion>, or having or not having <belief> can't be an official requirement for holding office. It doesn't mean that we as individuals can't consider how a candidate's religious beliefs might affect what they would do if elected, or what they might say about the kind of person he or she is. Nor does it say that it's never appropriate to consider it.

On a personal level, Palin's beliefs are her own business. How those

Fran said...

It's when she thinks that her religious beliefs need to be encoded into law that we need to worry, and as a newly married lesbian, I assure you, her religious beliefs are of concern to me.

Evangelical Christians who devoutly believe in The Rapture don't seem to have any long-term concern about the rest of the world. After all, they won't have to worry about it, right?

That kind of thinking has been at the helm of this country for eight years. I'm sorry, David, but I disagree with you. When it affects how a person is going to behave as an elected official, I do believe it matters a great deal. I'd be just as concerned about any religious radical being in charge.

David said...

First, I apologize for the edit-error in my last comment. It was late, and while I knew what I wanted to say in that paragraph, I couldn't figure out how to finish saying it without the words getting tangled up. I meant to edit it out, and thought I had. Baa!

Fran, you said what I was trying to say and couldn't figure out how to phrase at the time.

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