It often seems that Sarah Palin thinks that she’s living in the 1600s in Salem, Massachusetts, not in the 21st century. According to a statement that she made this June at the Wasilla Assembly of God church in which she grew up, Palin seems to believe in two political ideas that, for most people, lost credibility after the year 1800:
1. Secret covens of witches are to blame for political problems
2. God chooses the people who will become the leaders of nations
Pastor Thomas Muthee’s claim to fame is that he used his supernatural power to banish witches from the town of Kiambu, in Kenya. It was upon the basis of this anti-witch crusade that Muthee came to preach at Sarah Palin’s church in Wasilla in 2005, as Palin was preparing to campaign for Governor of Alaska, and then again in 2008.
When Muthee first visited Alaska, Sarah Palin, hearing of Muthee’s witch-fighting prowess, asked Muthee to pray over her to give her the power to become Governor of Alaska. To this day, Palin believes that Muthee’s ability to gain the favor of God is what enabled her to become Governor of Alaska. It wasn’t the voters, you see. Palin believes that, because of the supernatural powers of Muthee, God himself appointed her to be Governor.
Listen to Sarah Palin’s own words from just a few weeks ago, in text and in the video below, in which she credits Muthee and God for giving the governorship of Alaska to her.
“We forgot to talk about Pastor Muthee. As I was mayor, and Pastor Muthee was here, and he was praying over me, you know he speaks, and he’s so bold. He’s praying, ‘Lord, make a way. Lord, make a way.’
I’m thinking this guy is really bold. He doesn’t know what I’m going to do. He doesn’t know what my plans are, and he’s praying not, ‘Oh Lord, if it be your will, may she become Governor.’ No. He just prayed for it. ‘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, so that was awesome about Pastor Muthee.”
Does Sarah Palin believe now that she has been appointed by God to become Vice President? If Sarah Palin thinks that it’s God who puts people in positions of political leadership, why would she even try to be accountable to the voters?
A particularly sinister reminder about the violence of Sarah Palin’s archaic beliefs about political power comes with the news that, where Thomas Muthee comes from, anti-witch crusades still sometimes take on the murderous form that famously occurred long ago in Salem, Massachusetts. “In May, at least 11 people alleged to be witches were burnt to death in Kenya. Those who masterminded this heinous act said they had ‘evidence’ that they were witches.”
They burn witches. It’s kind of like that that lake of fire that Palin’s Wasilla Assembly of God church is looking forward to so much.