It’s simple to make the headline what the Associated Press article, belatedly published today, did: Palin once blessed to be free from ‘witchcraft’. That’s fair. That’s part of the story, after all, and important one: Sarah Palin appears to have positioned herself in support of the violent persecution of witches, and seems to believe that her political career depends upon protection from magic spells, seeking protection from “all forms of witchcraft”.
However, if you read the transcript of Muthee’s political endorsement of Sarah Palin given in the Wasilla Assembly of God church before Muthee bestowed supernatural protection from witchcraft, you’ll see that there was a discussion of a great deal of specific political policies. Muthee said these policies were the reasons people in that church ought to vote for Sarah Palin for Governor.
Among those political policies: Sarah Palin’s economic policy. According to Muthee, Sarah Palin would help God “penetrate our society… in the economic area”. For those Americans who are worried that America’s economy is falling apart, this will provide a rare insight into the economic leadership Sarah Palin would have as President of the United States – because it’s not as if Palin is giving many specifics elsewhere.
Witch hunter Thomas Muthee told the audience to vote for Sarah Palin because “It is high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers… That’s what we are waiting for. That’s part and parcel of transformation.” That’s the economic plan coming out of the Wasilla Assembly of God church: Just convert bankers to Christianity, or replace non-Christian bankers with Christians, and everything will turn out right. Sarah Palin listened to this religious-economic plan, and approved, and prayed that it would be put into action.
This is an economic plan that is based upon religious discrimination. The plan is to favor bankers and business people because of their religion, even if there are more capable non-Christians. Thomas Muthee’s assumption is that Christians are more capable and have more integrity than non-Christians, and he’d like to see people in government who share that assumption. That’s why Thomas Muthee endorsed Sarah Palin – because Muthee says that Sarah Palin shares this vision of economics through religious discrimination. Given Sarah Palin’s approving actions and words for Thomas Muthee, it’s fair to assume that she does share Muthee’s vision of the reform of economic institutions into Christian organizations.
Is there a word to describe this political philosophy of rule by wealthy Christians? Theoligarchy?
Besides the incompatibility of this plan with the Constitution of the United States of America, there’s a theological problem. The theoligcarchic Muthee-Palin plan for the economy ignores the doctrines of Christianity itself. The character of Jesus, who is supposed to be the absolute model of what it means to be a Christian, is described in the Bible as distinguishing between the realm of God and the realm of money, and emphasizing the importance of keeping them separate. Jesus said that what is Caesar’s and what is God’s must be separated – and that money was Caesar’s, not God’s.
Jesus kicked the money changers out of the temple. He didn’t exhort the money changers to be his followers. He didn’t tell his followers to go infiltrate the ranks of the money changers to help the economy of Israel.
Jesus told his followers to be like lilies of the field. He told them that it would be more difficult for a rich man to fit through the eye of a needle than to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus didn’t say “blessed are the money changers”.
Thomas Muthee and Sarah Palin can’t even get their own religion right. How can we entrust Sarah Palin to reform the economy through faith-based banking?