Since the raw video is a bit long (and Muthee a bit long-winded), I’ve made a recut version highlighting the central themes of Muthee’s sermon and adding written commentary for emphasis. If you are concerned with issues of the separation of church and state generally and the mystery of Sarah Palin’s agenda particularly, I encourage you — please! — to share this video by e-mail or blog, along with the full transcript for those who need to know Muthee is not being taken out of context.
Here is that condensed, excerpted video:
In the video you can see that Thomas Muthee has moved on from a movement that hounded women out of town for the sin of creating supernatural car crashes. His new target: Sarah Palin.
On October 16, 2005, Thomas Muthee delivered a sermon at the Wasilla Assemblies of God, the subject of which was “Why Palin?” Why Elect Sarah Palin Governor of Alaska? Ignore for the moment that church electioneering is against federal tax law. Let’s focus on Thomas Muthee’s reasons to vote for Sarah Palin.
#1. Vote for Sarah Palin because she is one way for “God’s Kingdom” to “invade,” “infiltrate” and “influence” society.
#2. Vote for Sarah Palin to install the Christian God and the Ten Commandments in control of the Public Schools.
#3. Vote for Sarah Palin to combat and rebuke the forces of witchcraft.
#4. Vote for Sarah Palin to end the separation of church and state in the United States of America.
I have to admit I was at first concerned that discussion of the Thomas Muthee affair might be ill-advised since the U.S. Constitution nixes religious tests for public office. But then came the emergence of this video of Muthee’s sermon explaining the role of Palin’s candidacy in intertwining religious proselytization with political domination, along with Sarah Palin’s presence in the audience, and most of all her decision to come up on stage and take part in public prayer for Muthee’s vision to become reality. These make it clear to me that there is a substantive policy issue here, which is the tension between those who support the constitutional separation of church and state on the one hand, and those who foment for theocracy on the other hand.
Theocracy: Thomas Muthee spoke unmistakably in favor of it. Sarah Palin watched him advocate it in the audience. Then she took to the stage, Thomas Muthee laid hands on her, she bowed her head, and together they prayed for it.
Is that what YOU want for America?