On September 20 and 21, I attended services at the church Sarah Palin belonged to since she was an adolescent, the Wasilla Assembly of God. Though Palin officially left the church in 2002, she is listed on its website as “a friend,” and spoke there as recently as June 8 of this year.
I went specifically to see a pastor visiting from Kiambu, Kenya named Thomas Muthee. 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.
The Youtube version is below (Palin appears after about 7:30):
It is well known now that Sarah Palin enacted legislation that forced rape victims to pay for their own rape kits. Given that the levels of rape are unusually high in Alaska, particularly in Native communities, Palin’s policy had disastrous effects. And she may have fired her police chief because he opposed her draconian stand on rape kits. But here is something new: John McCain voted against legislation sponsored by Joseph Biden that would have prevented states and municipalities from billing rape victims for rape kits. This is a potentially explosive story.
Phil Munger has just posted a poll at Progressive Alaska that asks this question: “Should Sarah Palin be asked about the Wasilla Police Department Policy of charging rape victims for their forensic exams, during the VP debate?” One respondent has proven that the “no” button works.
I have just attended a sermon by the internationally renowned witch-hunter Thomas Muthee at Wasillla Assembly of God, one of the churches Sarah Palin frequently attends. I had planned to divulge details of the evening, but after talking to progressive Alaska radio host and blogger Shannyn Moore, I have second thoughts. After appearing on Countdown to discuss Muthee’s battle with a supposed witch in Kiambu, Kenya, and his ties to Palin, the Wasilla Assembly of God allegedly told Moore not to appear at their Saturday services. They knew what she looked like, and would immediately oust her, they supposedly warned. I had a similar experience tonight. I’m planning to see Muthee again tomorrow and the following day, so until then, I’m going to hold off from reporting on his sermonizing. But stay posted.
Right now, I’m hanging with Phil Munger, the sage of Alaska’s burgeoning progressive community. Check out his blog here and see what a longtime Alaskan political insider has to say about his former mayor.
I’m at the shadiest hostel in Anchorage (the only one with wi-fi) preparing to head to Wasilla tomorrow. I had planned this trip weeks in advance around Bishop Thomas Muthee’s appearance at the Wasilla Assembly of God. Unfortunately, the Times of London ripped off the work of Bruce Wilson to “break” the story about Muthee’s ties to Sarah Palin. Then, the story migrated to Keith Olbermann:
Michelle Goldberg recently attended Wasilla Assembly of God and was singled out by Palin’s former pastor, Ed Kalnins, as a member of the secular media. Kalnins forced her to put her reporter’s notebook away; he did the same thing to David Talbot of Salon.com, imploring his flock not to speak to the reporter in their midst. I suspect the McCain campaign has warned Kalnins off. I am going to see Muthee tomorrow but am worried that all the publicity he has garnered will create an ugly media circus. Pray for me that I may not be unceremoniously ejected before getting it all on video.
Palin's pastor, Larry Kroon, warns God "is gonna strike out his hand against" America
On July 20, 2008, the pastor of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s home church, Larry Kroon, delivered a sermon called “Sin Is Personal To God.” Kroon, the senior pastor of the non-denominational Wasilla Bible Church in Wasilla, Alaska, used the book of Zephanaiah as his reference point for discussing “that great day of the Lord when God will finally bring closure to human history… a day of wrath.” According to Kroon, “all things and all people” are going to bear the brunt of God’s “intense anger.” “There’s anger with God,” he proclaimed. “He takes sin personal.”
Kroon placed Zephaniah in a modern context, warning that the sinful habits of Americans would invite the wrath of God. “And if Zephaniah were here today,” Kroon bellowed, “he’d be saying, ‘Listen, [God] is gonna deal with all the inhabitants of the earth. He is gonna strike out His hand against, yes, Wasilla; and Alaska; and the United States of America. There’s no exceptions here — there’s none. It’s all.’”
(Kroon’s sermon can be heard here; a full transcript is here.)