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It's the Theocracy, Stupid: Fargen Misses the Point on Sarah Palin and Thomas Muthee

Jessica Fargen of the Boston Herald follows the journalistic trend in her article on Thomas Muthee’s 2005 sermon. Like the AP and ABC News, Fargen misses the point by focusing on one word, “witchcraft”:

The video of a Kenyan bishop asking Jesus to protect Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin from “witchcraft” has turned into a political witch hunt, says one Harvard expert who found “nothing unusual” about the blessing.

“He was giving an African prayer to an American Christian,” said Jacob K. Olupona, a Harvard African studies professor. “His prayer reflects his own background and his own training and his own world view. America may not believe in witchcraft, but witcraft is a reality (in Africa).”…

He said Muthee’s blessing has been kicked around in a game of political football.

“People should not be demonized on the basis of their faith simply because you are looking for votes,” he said. “I do not know how a Christian nation like America became so negative responding to people’s deep spirituality.”

Hint: you can tell this Harvard source has an agenda beyond the expression of “deep spirituality” when he refers to America as “a Christian nation.”

Now, if Muthee only wanted to express his deep spirituality, I don’t think many people would care. The whole point is that Muthee wants to do much more than express himself… and that after listening to Muthee’s very practical plans Sarah Palin joined Muthee in praying for Muthee’s vision to come to pass.

Don’t just watch the last two minutes. Watch the first six:

Muthee’s sermon (the theme of which is “Why Sarah Palin?”) provides a series of pronouncements that Sarah Palin should be used as a tool for fundamentalist Christianity to “invade” and “infiltrate” government and initiate policies that place the Christian God in charge of public schools, the Christian God in charge of state government, the Christian God in charge of federal government — and used to exclude members of other religions, such as Muslims, Buddhists and Wiccans.

That’s not merely an expression of “deep spirituality.” It’s a political program. Thomas Muthee delivered a political sermon of electioneering for Sarah Palin (a violation of federal tax law, by the way) that proposed the complete demolition of the separation of Church and State and the installation of an American Christian theocracy.

And here’s the kicker: finally, after Muthee laid his theocratic reasoning for Palin’s candidacy on the table, Sarah Palin joined him on stage to pray for it.

That is a substantive political story, since it places Sarah Palin in the midst of a movement to undercut the Constitution of the United States of America at the very time that she tries to put herself a heartbeat away from being the most powerful protector of it.

Why does the Boston Herald have to stop at the word “witchcraft”? Why isn’t the Boston Herald reporting the constitutional threat?

7 comments to It's the Theocracy, Stupid: Fargen Misses the Point on Sarah Palin and Thomas Muthee

  • peter

    may we contrast these two minutes with twenty years of attendance at reverend wright’s sermons?

  • Jim

    Nine minutes, Peter. You’re ignoring the first seven. The bit about Sarah Palin “invading” and “infiltrating” government on behalf of a theocratic agenda.

    Compare and contrast? Sure we can, Peter. Did Barack Obama stand before his congregation and have Reverend Wright place his hands on him so that the two of them could pray to God for the unconstitutional institution of a Christian theocracy?

    If you want to criticize Barack Obama, criticize him for pompously declaring himself to be an instrument of God’s will.

  • Laura

    I still continue each day to send this to major newpapers, internet sites, and medias around the country and point out the Constitutional issues, not just the witchcraft.

    I’ve found websites from the Netherlands, the UK, and Canada where they point out that the issues in the video are contrary to the U.S. Constitution. They wonder why they see it and the U.S. doesn’t seem to.

    I’ve seen them also point out in other countries that the U.S. media jumped all over Obama about his pastor, but the response to Palin with this is very muted. I get the impression from what I’ve read that even a number of them are a little uneasy of McCain and Palin getting in the White House in light of this.

    Isn’t that scary for this country in itself? Europeans and Canadians can see the issues, but so few people here can. Is it any wonder the low standards of insight or even foresight here though — look what kind of administration we’ve had leading the U.S. right down into the toilet for the last eight years.

  • XDARKXENERGYX

    Peter,

    The Wasilla Assembly of God, which is the church Sarah Palin attended for most of her life, and Bishop Muthee, whose incantations Palin credits her electoral success to, strictly adhere to the same doctrine. WAoG and Muthee have had religious and financial ties for years.

    DE

  • Laura

    Over this past weekend CNN.com aired a video that was about churches around the country violating the tax laws and separation of church and state issues. Not only was Palin’s church not even mentioned, but it also included a thinly veiled plug for McCain under preachers citing ‘freedom of speech.’

    If the press is “liberal” then I’m married to the Pope.

  • Vox

    I just read on Politico.com that the McCain camp is going totally negative for the next month to try to change the focus off of economics and attack Obama’s personal & business associations. However, they claim they won’t bring up the Rev. Wright issue, because (supposedly) McCain “forbade” his people from using that. I’m sure it’s because they don’t want Obama to pull out more details on Palin’s ties to Muthee and his activities. It’s almost like two countries both holding onto nuclear (“new-clear”) weapons for each to keep the other one in check.

    Is it Nov. 4 yet? It’s going to be a long damn month.

  • WB

    It’s also the murders carried out by guys like Muthee in the name of religion. All of which is for their own profit. They mostly target women and children. In Muthee’s case he targeted a woman called Mama Jane. Nobody knows for sure what became of her, but people in Africa are routinely murdered over witchcraft accusations.

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