Discussion of Palin's Beliefs Goes Mainstream
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Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 02:17:24 PM EST
Laurie Goodstein, a reporter for The New York Times today raised the fair question of what Sarah Palin believes, given her long history of involvement with churches and with individuals of the New Apostolic Reformation movement.  The question goes largely unanswered, since Palin and the McCain campaigns refused to talk about it, as did others -- at the direction of the McCain campaign. What's more, in an interview with David Brody of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, intended to clear up what she believes in light of the controversies, Palin spoke only in generalities.

The article focuses on two videos, (one of them taken last June), that surfaced on You Tube (and havee been much discussed here at Talk to Action) showing her involvment with NAR Bishop Muthee. In one case, she is being "annointed" by Muthee and in the other she is praising the Kenyan religious leader who has repeatedly found his way halfway around the world to a church in a small town in Alaska -- in at least one instance to perform a ritual that featured Sarah Palin. It is obviously more than a coincidence -- and just as obviously epitomizes a profound series of relationships that the media and the political world seem to be mostly loathe to explore.  Excerpts from Goodstein's article on the flip.

The first [video] showed a visiting preacher from Kenya praying fervently over Ms. Palin in a gravelly voice and asking God to favor her campaign for governor and protect her from "every form of witchcraft."

The second showed Ms. Palin at an event in June praising the African preacher's prayer as "awesome" and "very, very powerful." She is also seen nodding as her former pastor from Wasilla prays over her and declares that Alaska is "one of the refuge states in the Last Days," a piece of prophecy popular in some prayer networks that predicts that as the "end times" approach, people will flock to Alaska for its abundant open space and natural resources.

What is known, however, is that Ms. Palin has had long associations with religious leaders who practice a particularly assertive and urgent brand of Pentecostalism known as "spiritual warfare."

Its adherents believe that demonic forces can colonize specific geographic areas and individuals, and that "spiritual warriors" must "battle" them to assert God's control, using prayer and evangelism. The movement's fixation on demons, its aggressiveness and its leaders' claims to exalted spiritual authority have troubled even some Pentecostal Christians.

Ms. Palin has retained friendly relations with the pastor at the Wasilla Assembly of God church, Ed Kalnins. In June, she and other politicians were blessed by Mr. Kalnins in front of thousands at "One Lord Sunday," a multichurch-sponsored event at the Wasilla sports complex.

The governor's relationships with practitioners of spiritual warfare appear to go back many years. Mary Glazier, an Alaska Native who helped bring together the prayer warrior networks in the state, told a prayer conference in June that Ms. Palin "became a part of our prayer group out in Wasilla" when she was 24, and that "God began to speak" to her about entering politics.

Critics say the goal of the spiritual warfare movement is to create a theocracy. Bruce Wilson, a researcher for Talk2Action, a Web site that tracks religious groups, said: "One of the imperatives of the movement is to achieve worldly power, including political control. Then you can more effectively drive out the demons. The ultimate goal is to purify the earth."

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One of the things that has bothered me the most about Palin and this election is that the facts about McCain and Palin seem to have been ignored by the mainstream press.

by ArchaeoBob on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 03:13:37 PM EST
...the Times article failed to address the issue of the NAR's virulent anti-Catholic teachings.

Hopefully, there will be follow up.

by Frank Cocozzelli on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 03:49:46 PM EST
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I too find it offensive that a major part of Christendom is considered non-Christian at best by her group.

It makes one wonder what they'd do to non-Christians (especially non-Abrahamic faiths) if they got into power, and how soon the persecution of anyone not like them would begin.

(Their attitude towards Roman Catholics rather reminds me of the preaching I heard when I was an AoG cult member- but their ideology is much worse than what I heard.)


by ArchaeoBob on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 04:41:35 PM EST
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I've been of the mind that her refusal to state specifically what she "believes", in public, will eventually land her in hot water with the very people she was brought on board to votebank. Nobody tears Christians apart like other Christians.

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Oh Crap, I Have A Crush on Sarah Palin
Embrace the ambivalence.
by ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 07:35:30 PM EST

We can probably take a cue from their well-documented behavior in acquiring power at the state and local level as to what they might do, win or lose at the federal level. The strategy of stealth is pretty much blown, which leaves the tactic of malicious harassment as their perennial fallback. I don't care so much what people believe as what they do, and their behavior is a public menace.

by Jay Taber on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 07:49:59 PM EST

...picks up on Max Blumenthal's research into the role which religious interests may have played in John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

xDxEx

by xDARKxENERGYx on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 09:30:10 PM EST



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