Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Well, she's turned me into a newt!"

Jonathan Schwarz has the goods so we'll start with him:

Here's witch-hunting preacher Thomas Muthee praying over Sarah Palin in 2005 (video below, starting about 7:30):

MUTHEE: When we talk about transformation of a community, we are talking about God invading seven areas in our society...When we talk about transformation of a society, a community, it’s where we see God’s Kingdom infiltrate, influence seven areas in our society.

Number one is the spiritual aspect of our society...

[T]he second area whereby God wants to penetrate in our society is in the economic area....It is high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers...If you look at the Israelites, you know, that’s how they won. And that’s how they are, even today...

[T]he third area, it’s in the area of politics...I’m asking you today, we are asking you as the body of Christ in this valley, make a way for Sara...Make her way my God. Bring finances her way, even in the campaign in the name of Jesus...We want righteousness in this state. We want righteousness in this nation....We come in the hindrance of the enemy, standing in her way to there. In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus! Every form of witchcraft, it will be rebuked in the name of Jesus.

Here's the video if you wish to view for yourself.

Suffice it to say, I'm not surprised that there are still folks out there who actually believe that there are witches - or who still think practices such as exorcism are good ideas. Nor am I all that surprised that there are plenty of right-wingers who are glad to act as apologists for anyone selling that particular brand of snake oil. On the one hand, I can't help but find something farcical about both the video clip above and Bill Donohue's lunatic ravings:

Unfortunately, for those who end up targeted by witch hunters, the results are anything but humorous - quite potentially deadly, as it turns out. So what's next? Shall the Malleus Maleficarum come back in vogue in the US, with the potential future Veep's blessing? I guess a few good old-fashioned Salem-style witch hunts would get everyone's minds off the empire's imminent collapse, while the elites continue to loot what's left of the treasure, and would undoubtedly play to our culture's continued hostility toward and fear of women (it's amazing how often "witches" end up being women).

Oh and about the title - not to worry: I got better. And the chorus chants "burn her any way!"

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