25 September 2008

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Anne, from The Gods are Bored, has tagged me to do something I've been pondering for a while now: blog about the dangerous Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate, Sarah Palin. To do that, I'd like to start with a tale from Aesop.

Aesop tells us that once upon a time a wolf dressed in sheep's clothing to gain better access to a meal. The wolf stayed among the sheep all day and was then locked in the barn with the sheep for the night by the unsuspecting shepherd.

If you haven't figured it out by now, Sarah Palin is the wolf. She uses the trickery of her all-American good looks and bright cover girl smile to fool the public into thinking she is a nice, sweet, smart woman with no skeletons in the closet.

This is patently false. To put it bluntly, she supports witch hunts. Yes, actual, factual witch hunts wherein pets are murdered and people are run out of their homes, smeared in the public eye and blamed, in true backwards thinking fashion, for the flaws and tragedies inherent within every society.

If you haven't heard of him yet then hears this now: Thomas Muthee. He is a charismatic, powerful preacher from Kenya. From The Huffington Post:
Muthee gained fame within Pentecostal circles by claiming that he defeated a local witch, Mama Jane, in a great spiritual battle, thus liberating his town from sin and opening its people to the spirit of Jesus.

Muthee's mounting stardom took him to Wasilla Assembly of God in May, 2005, where he prayed over Palin and called upon Jesus to propel her into the governor's mansion -- and beyond. Muthee also implored Jesus to protect Palin from "the spirit of witchcraft." The video archive of that startling sermon was scrubbed from Wasilla Assembly of God's website, but now it has reappeared.

I highly suggest you visit the above article and view the video; it is eye-opening and disturbing to say the least. Muthee is a witch hunter and proud of it. He publicizes it, he's coasting to fame on it. Which means he'll probably do it again and encourage others to do the same. This man is scary. And Palin adores him.

From Wikipedia:
Muthee and his wife returned home to Kenya from Scotland, where he had finished his graduate studies, in 1988. They soon felt that they were "called by God to Kiambu" and after six months of prayer, research, and "spiritual mapping," they came to believe that a witch known as "Mama Jane" was the cause of crime and spiritual oppression in the area. Muthee alleged that "top government and business leaders [were] afraid to do anything without her approval," that at least one person per month would die in a car accident in front of her "divination house" (otherwise known as Emmanuel Clinic), and that she harassed his congregation. According to Muthee, soon after his followers began to pray that God would either save or oust Mama Jane three young people died in another apparent accident in front of Mama Jane's clinic. The angry townsfolk wanted to stone her in retaliation, and when the police entered Mama Jane's home to intervene, they were apparently startled by what they believed to be a demon and shot her pet python to death. Mama Jane was then questioned by police, after which she left town. Since then, Muthee has frequently referred to his witch-hunt as an example of successful spiritual warfare.

The event was depicted in two videos by George Otis, Jr., in which Muthee claimed that the crime rate in Kiambu dropped drastically after Mama Jane left. However, Workgroup "Back to the Bible," headed by Pastor Rien van de Kraats of Kamperland, Netherlands, found no police reports or any other sources that backed up this claim.

If you don't believe this visit the Wikipedia page and view the sources for all this information. This woman was forced out of her home, her pet snake was shot to death, her rights were trampled upon and all because she practiced divination. THIS IS REAL. This really happened. And it's obvious that Palin is perfectly okay with this. I don't think it's much of a stretch to think she would support more witch hunts abroad or here in the States.

Don't just sit there and shake your head in disgust. REGISTER TO VOTE. You still have time. The deadlines differ by state so if you aren't sure, visit Rock the Vote. Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day; remember it folks. Decide your future: VOTE.

And maybe, just maybe, if enough freethinkers get out and vote this tale of a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing will end somewhat similarly to Aesop's Fable. When the shepherd went to the barn to pick a sheep to butcher he grabbed the wolf in disguise.


Griffin said...

Well as a Brit, I mistrust Palin on two counts.

1) this is a woman who thinks it's great that she kills mooses, not exactly a dangerous animal unless bothered. It's a bit like shooting the local farmer's cow.

2) She reminds me a little of Maggie Thatcher in that she knows how to be aggressive, but that is not the same as being strong.

As a live-and-let-live atheist, I won't comment on her religious beliefs, but to hate people who don't think like you is to be both unethical and without compassion. Is that the sort of person you want as President if McCain dies of a heart attack at the shock of winning?!

Anne Johnson said...

Fabulous commentary! Thank you!

Maebius said...

cross-commented, jsut to give my vocal (textual?) support to all you bloggers.
I’m still scared, not worried, but deeply and unspeakable-scared since I saw that Palin church video. Even if it wasn’t about witches, or pagans, or jews, or islamic fundamentalists, or even Lutheren Ministers…
The thought of anyone being SO convicted, vindictive, and Zealous about ANY group “opposed” to their beliefs is NOT the type of person that should be ruling the country.
Disagreeing with them is one thing, I personally don't count myself among her type of Christian, but there's no way in hell (pun intended) I'd denounce her beliefs with such vitriol!

Livia Indica said...

Griffin, you're right, it's hard to trust anyone who so easily and joyfully kills any animal for the fun of it. At least it is for me; I think calling hunting a sport is ridiculous. Can't say about Thatcher, don't know much about her but I will say I for one definitely don't want her near the White House.

Anne, thanks. That means a lot coming from you.

Maebius, I agree. It's one thing to have a different religion, but to spew pure hate speech about someone else's doesn't do any good. It only spreads more hate.

Griffin said...

"but to spew pure hate speech about someone else's doesn't do any good. It only spreads more hate."

Maebius, Livia, I'm with you. More free and deep thinking is needed, not less.

Evn said...

Muthee also implored Jesus to protect Palin from "the spirit of witchcraft."

And yet, Anne got all these Pagans to blog about Palin and her dangerous religious affliliations.

It's official: Anne Johnson is more powerful than Thomas Muthee!

Livia Indica said...

Yay for Anne!

::::wifemothermaniac:::: said...

she is a very scary woman.

But griffin, moose are not harmless like cows. I'm canadian, we have Moose in my province, they are more dangerous than bears are, believe it or not. google moose dangerous and read for yourself. Common docile cow, they are not.

Like Palin.

Livia Indica said...

I'm not sure I knew that moose were dangerous. But you're right, Palin is super scary.

Lilith Sativa said...

I cannot find the words to write about this issue. It makes me so sick in the heart. I made a brief post about getting a Obama/Biden yard sign, but not about the fear I feel in exposing myself to my neighbors in such a way.

It bothers me, since usually nothing scares me. I want to write more about this feeling but I can't seem to find the right words. So I am glad that you were able to do what I could not.

I want to "see you soon" but don't know when considering how upside down busy my life has been.
What are you doing Sunday morning? Feel like coming into town?
(and yes I just co-opted your comment space for personal talk LOL)

Livia Indica said...

Lilith, HI! I think everyone is a little scared of this freaky situation our country is in right now. I'd love to come into town Sunday AM, that would be awesome!

Lilith Sativa said...

Hey can we move that to Monday late morning/ early afternoon? I am overwhelmed with the old School work and forgot I have a study session on Sunday.(for the maths, evil, evil, maths.)sorry to once again co opt your comment thread : )

Livia Indica said...

Sure thing. Monday about noon would be fine. No problemo.