Witchcraft? Sarah Palin's got her own "witch problem" - her friends hunt them.
Unlike Delaware Republican candidate for Senate Christian O'Donnell, Sarah Palin didn't "dabble in witchcraft." Rather, Palin has been friends with two avowed witch hunters who advocate that charismatic born-again Christians should "infiltrate" government and cleanse "the land" of unbelievers.
Palin's witch hunter #1
In October 2005, as she was launching her bid to be Alaska governor, Sarah Palin was prayed over and blessed by Kenyan evangelist Thomas Muthee, who called upon God [video link] to protect Palin against "every spirit of witchcraft".
Video of the event, below, shows Muthee giving a speech, at Palin's longtime church the Wasilla Assembly of God, in which he calls on charismatic Christians to "infiltrate" seven major sectors of society including government, business, media, and education. The ceremony was the culmination of Muthee's weeklong guest pastor appearance at the church.
It wasn't Muthee's first visit to the Wasilla Assembly of God, which Palin had attended for over two decades since she was born-again at the church as a teenager. In 1999 the church invited Thomas Muthee to Alaska because of his role in the first Transformations video, by George Otis, Jr., that purports to show how Christians can create mini-utopias, in which crime and addiction rates plummet and giant vegetable crops grow, by driving out witches and demon spirits.
[video, below: Thomas Muthee, an avowed witch hunter, calls upon God to protect Sarah Palin from "every spirit of witchcraft."]
In Transformations 1, released in 1999, Thomas Muthee describes [video link] driving from a Nairobi, Kenya, suburb a "spirit of witchcraft" linked to an alleged witch named "Mama Jane." As noted in an October 11, 2008 AP news story, in May 2000 while she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin wrote a thank-you note to a former pastor, for loaning Palin the first Transformations video.
On June 7, 2008, Sarah Palin used Alaska state funds to travel from Juneau to the Mat-Su Valley to attend two June 8th events hosted by the Wasilla Assembly of God. During one, at the Wasilla Sports Stadium, Palin dedicated Alaska to Jesus, and she was blessed and anointed by pastors Ed Kalnins and Phil Markwardt, the two pastors who along with Thomas Muthee had blessed and anointed Palin on October 16, 2005.
In the second June 8, 2008 ceremony, Palin spoke at the graduation [video link] of the Wasilla Assembly of God's Masters Commission program, a program for college-age students that teaches them Bible memorization, "authority," and how to talk to God. In the speech Palin warmly described her October 16, 2005 anointing by Thomas Muthee, who Palin referred to as "Bishop Muthee."
Towards the end of the event, the graduating Masters Commission students were presented with Samurai swords.
Thomas Muthee made a return visit to the Wasilla Assembly of God in late September 20, 2008, as chronicled and captured on video [see 2:35 in video] by journalist Max Blumenthal. Muthee declared,
"We come against all forms of witchcraft - all the python spirits that are released against the body of Christ."
In September 2008, as media attention fixed on the Wasilla Assembly of God as Sarah Palin's most important church, the Wasilla church purged its video and audio archives of past sermons and events, including video and audio of Muthee's guest stint at the church in October 2005.
In 2009, when the Wasilla Assembly of God briefly reposted video and audio recordings from Thomas Muthee's October 2005 appearance at the church, I had the opportunity to collect them all. Here is an audio recording of pastor Ed Kalnins introducing, on October 11, 2005, Muthee's first October 2005 sermon at the church.
see my Talk To Action article for the story of Sarah Palin's second witch hunter, Mary Glazier.