This is a picture of Sarah Palin being prayed over by Thomas Muthee, who according to Max Blumenthal and his sources, “gained fame within Pentecostal circles by claming that he defeated a local witch [in Kenya], Mama Jane, in a great spiritual battle, thus liberating his town from sin and opening its people to the spirit of Jesus.”
I have to say I was pretty surprised when he was praying for her that Muthee said, “In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, every form of witchcraft. . .”
I don’t follow religious issues much, and I’m not one that has the confidence Blumenthal does in framing personal and organized spiritual activity. But I think that it is important to know whether Palin is someone who generally believes in rationality and the Enlightenment or whether she follows a very different path.
This film clip doesn’t answer my question, but it does raise them to a higher order of concern for me.
The video of the May 2005 encounter at the Wasilla Assembly of God appears here, and the segment with Sarah Palin clicks in at about 7:30:
— Steve Clemons