Bishop Thomas Muthee: Mama Jane Speaks!
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Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 06:16:47 PM EST
Much of the discussion over Sarah Palin's "anointing" by witch-hunting Pastor Thomas Muthee has focused on what this tells us about the VP candidate; however, the resulting scrutiny also now has had unhappy consequences for the Kenyan evangelist, as journalist Zoe Alsop, writing for Womensenews, tracks down Mama Jane Njengu, the supposed "witch" whom Muthee boasts of having run out of town. It seems Muthee's account is disputed by his victim; and his fellow-pastors are not impressed.
Alsop explains:
Muthee claimed that police rescued Mama Jane from a lynch mob at the time, and then whisked her away for good after gunning down a pet python they mistook for a demon.

But some residents of Kiambu were somewhat skeptical of Muthee's claims.

Not least among them is the herbalist Jane W. Njenga, a pastor with the African Mission of Holy Ghost Church, who is best known as Mama Jane.

She says she didn't own a pet python and she's never left her compound, located about a half-mile from Muthee's immense new church...Robust and topping six feet in the trademark shiny white robes of her church, Njenga is undeniably still in town.


Njenga also claims that Muthee "took a loudspeaker into the street and he told people to pray for seven days that I would die".

The story has been picked up (without acknowledging Alsop's work) by the UK Daily Telegraph, under the headline "False claims exposed of Kenyan pastor who protected Sarah Palin from witches". It includes this detail:

...Rival pastors in Kiambu now denounce Muthee for his treatment of Mama Jane.

"You cannot make personal gain on crucifying a woman," said an ally of Mama Jane, Pastor Gideon Maina. "As a man of God, you don't make your name by stepping on other people's names."

Muthee has been endorsed by C. Peter Wagner, leader of the Charismatic "New Apostolic Reformation". A couple of months ago one evangelist for whom Wagner prophesized a glorious future withdrew from public ministry following an affair.




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I'd heard tell that Mama Jane has spoken.

The propagandistic nature of the "Transformations" videos seems almost total. It's hard to discern any hard facts that can be verified.

by Bruce Wilson on Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 07:46:14 PM EST

I've seen the Transformations video, and I must agree with you very much. I've moved to Kenya since seeing the video several years ago, and it has been interesting to personally see that the one story concerning Kiambu is not true, Kiambu is no different than many other Kenyan villages.

Recently, in the news there have been stories of accidents along the road to Meru, north of Mt Kenya. Some blame the accidents on speeding, poor drivers, and so forth, while others blame the accidents on witchcraft.

However, to be honest none of this has much impact upon my view of Sarah Palin. There are plenty of reasons for me not to want her as VP of the USA, but her relationship to a Kenyan pastor and her Pentecostal beliefs are not among them.

by chipmunk on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 12:48:35 PM EST
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Normally I would agree.  An anointing by a Kenyan pastor would not usually be a big deal. But in this case, it is a very big deal.  Muthee is part of a larger international "Transformations" movement and a leader in the rapidly growing New Apostolic Reformation.

You were not taken in by the phony stories on the video but millions are.  They have impacted policy in the U.S. and many other countries and are part of the driving force bringing demonology and spiritual warfare into American social policy, juvenile rehab, emergency response, and more. The work of the people who produced the Transformations and the hundreds of related ministries, organizations, and businesses are having a huge impact in places like Uganda, Brazil, Argentina, and Guatemala.  Palin's association with Muthee is actually very important.  

I have just posted a front page article on the NAR's belief that they helped kill Mother Theresa.  This article touches upon the issue of the significance of the Transformations series but I will also be posting a much more detailed paper in the diaries section sometime in the next 24 hours. This article details some of the impact that the "Transformations" franchise has had internationally and here in the U.S.


by Rachel Tabachnick on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 09:04:56 PM EST
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