Thursday, September 25, 2008


There's been a lot of blog attention devoted to Max Blumenthal's story about a witch-fighting Kenyan preacher (and that's meant literally) named Thomas Muthee, who stood over Sarah Palin at the Wasilla Assembly of God church in 2002 and called down a blessing on her during a series of sermons.

Blumenthal attended the services and says that Muthee warned those attending about "the spirit of witchcraft" and "the python spirit" of unbelievers. Blumenthal filmed these sermons; his films haven't survived, but another video, showing Muthee asking God to guard Palin against "every form of witchcraft" (at 8:36) while blessing her, is here:

I don't really care about "python spirits" -- just about every statue of the Virgin Mary I remember growing up as a Catholic kid in an Italian neighborhood in Boston showed Mary crushing a snake (Satan) underfoot. Please don't imagine that that will upset East Coast Catholic voters.

But there are voters in America who'll be upset by what Kagro X notices on the video -- this part of Muthee's sermon, starting at about 1:20:

The second area whereby God wants us, wants to penetrate in our society is in the economic area. The Bible says that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. It's high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers, you know, who are men and women of integrity running the economics of our nations. That's what we are waiting for. That's part and parcel of transformation. If you look at the -- you know -- if you look at the Israelites, that's how they work. And that's how they are, even today.


That's Kagro's transcription. I hear the end as "if you look at the Israelites, that's how they were. And that's how they are, even today" -- but the essential meaning is the same: The Jews sure know how to make money. We Christians should be more like those money-making Jews.

If Barack Obama had been blessed by Muthee, a video of that part of the sermon would be on TV as an attack ad every twenty minutes.

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