Palin Invokes Prayer Warriors In Her First Amendment Jihad

Sarah Palin Gets Blessed by Her Witch Doctor
Sarah Palin Gets Blessed by Her Witch Doctor

“But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

There is something the modern mind finds disturbing about religious fanaticism, an old hate out of a hoary and atavistic past. And religious fanatics not only belong in the past but they seem to yearn for it. The apocalyptic, hate-filled imagery strikes a discordant note in the 21st century in a nation founded on the principles of the European Enlightenment.

What sane person, after all, wants to revisit those heady days of the Spanish Inquisition?

We were supposed to be past all that. The framers of our Constitution thought we were, way back in 1787. They were looking toward an Enlightened future, not backwards a benighted past.

Unsurprisingly, Europeans look askance at the United States, rife with its Puritan hang-ups and superstitions. After all, the idea of divine right died out a long time ago, when god fled the political scene, only to be resurrected in the New World and in a new century with George W. Bush’s claim that God – not the American people – chose him to lead America. Others agreed, including, disturbingly, an Army general. Then there is the Bush crusade against terrorism, and Republican politicians like Sharron Angle and Michele Bachmann who say God told them to run for office.

YHWH hasn’t been this busy since he conducted the ethnic cleansing of Canaan.

But nobody epitomizes the spirit of the past better than former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, who campaigns as an average suburban hockey mom, an embodiment of awe-shucks, peanut butter and jelly “real” America.

But Ms. Palin does not have a lot in common with the average hockey mom. The average hockey mom, I will wager, does not attend exorcisms or have blessings against witchcraft placed on them, or believe that a very real war between heaven and hell is raging all around them.

There turns out to be a lot of things about Ms. Palin that seem out of the ordinary. And every once in a while she exposes a little of that part of herself, the part she kept carefully hidden during the 2008 presidential campaign except for an interview with Focus on the Family’s James Dobson in October of that year, which contained a mystifying mention of a group known as “Prayer Warriors.” She seemed to feel she owed them quite a lot.

All this comes down to her belief in spiritual warfare. In that interview, Ms. Palin thanked Prayer Warriors across the nation. While most of the world has abandoned the three-tiered universe as a working model, conservative Christians, feeling modern physics to be a liberal plot and reality to have a liberal bias, have retained that ancient model to better understand the workings of the unseen world – the world of spirits, demons, and yes, of Satan and his nefarious agents.

This in itself may seem bizarre enough to some. But how it relates to a politician who almost stood next-in-line for the presidency is truly frightening, especially given that person’s negative views of the Constitution. It was bad enough that George W. Bush treated it like toilet paper; Ms. Palin seems to think it supports Christian theocracy.

In a speech given to a group called “Women of Joy” in Kentucky in April of 2010, Sarah Palin not only repeated her thanks to “Prayer Warriors” but denied the existence of church-state separation:

I beg you, Women of Joy, to bring light and be involved, loving America and praying for her. Really, it is our solemn duty. Praying for true spiritual awakening to overcome deterioration. That is where God wants us to be. Lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our Founding Fathers, they were believers. And George Washington, he saw faith in God as basic to life.

All this brings to mind the cautions of people like Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine; people Republican pundits like to trot out when convenient and pose as good conservative evangelical Christians.

Jefferson, who knew far more about the nature of our system of government than Ms. Palin ever will, wrote to the Danbury Baptists in 1802 that, “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their Legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’  thus building a wall of separation between Church and State,”  and reiterated his position in 1808: “Erecting the ‘wall of separation between church and state,’ therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”

James Madison, who authored much of the Constitution (and the first Amendment now under examination) wrote in 1819 of the “total separation of the church from the state” (letter to Robert Walsh). Needless to say, the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence (Jefferson) and the man known as the father of the Constitution, favored a strong separation of Church and State, and understood the first Amendment to guarantee as much.

But perhaps these Prayer Warriors believe they can pray the First Amendment away, just as they believed they could pray-down the price of gas, or pray away health reform, or pray McCain and Palin into the White House in 2008. While their track record is abysmal, the fears inspired by these extremist Christians are horrifying to children of the Enlightenment. Their superstitious belief in demonic presence among individuals they do not approve of is exactly the sort of thing Thomas Paine railed against in his Age of Reason (1795), where he said of Christianity that it is “Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid, or produces only atheists and fanatics.”

He would seem to have been right, to judge from Sarah Palin’s devotion to exorcisms and protections from witchcraft and witch hunters who chase innocent women out of their villages in Africa (Rev. Thomas Muthee of Kenya, director of the NAR East Africa Spiritual Warfare Network).

This NAR – New Apostolic Reformation – to which Sarah Palin subscribes aims at the complete takeover of the United States and the institution by legislation of Old Testament (Mosaic) Law. For the uninformed and ill-informed alike, Mosaic Law is virtually identical with Sharia Law. The only difference, really, is that one is Jewish and one is Muslim. Neither, strictly speaking, is compatible with a modern liberal democracy.

Obviously, this is a move, and a very open move, against the Constitution which every president (and vice-president) swears to uphold.

How, we might ask, is it possible to aspire to be president while also aspiring to tear down the Constitution? Does Sarah Palin expect us to believe that the men who created the wall of separation intended no such thing?

Sarah Palin likes to quote George Washington as saying that “he saw faith in God as basic to life.” She ignores, or isn’t aware of Washington’s rejoicing in the Enlightenment, that it had banished superstition to the past. In words much more significant than those Ms. Palin likes to quote, our first President wrote,

We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition … In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States (letter to the members of the New Church in Baltimore, January 27, 1793).

This is news to religious zealots like Sarah Palin.

George Washington, who presided over the Constitutional Convention that gave birth to the First Amendment’s free exercise clause, may have been a Christian or not, but if a Christian, he was a Christian who believed in that Wall of Separation between Church and State that Ms. Palin despises. As he wrote to assure a Jewish congregation in 1790,

All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it were by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support (letter to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island).

People can believe in spirits and demons or not. They can believe in God or gods if they want. But they absolutely cannot breach the Wall of Separation voted for, agreed upon by deists and Christians alike, and ratified by every state in the Union.

We might have little to fear from treasonous prayers from a group proven ineffectual in swaying deities to their point of view, but the political clout of the proponents of theocracy are not to be downplayed. It is a serious matter when a woman considered for Vice President of the United States believes spiritual warfare to be more viable than conventional warfare, and who allows her moral compass to be set by a witch-hunting pastor.

Our Founding Fathers, Christian and Deist alike, rejoiced in the Enlightenment and in the freedoms it brought from the dark terrors of state-sponsored religion and it’s persecutions and tortures and holy wars. It is a bald-faced example of the most reprehensible dishonesty to pretend today that our Founders would have supported what they had already denounced in their lifetimes as superstitious nonsense.

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13 Replies to “Palin Invokes Prayer Warriors In Her First Amendment Jihad”

  1. And there are the Google Ads for the Christian Prayer Center, right above and below the article: “Submit your requests: thousands will pray for you”

    It’s almost as though you don’t need to sink a hook into the water; the fish jump right into the boat. Talk about miracles.

  2. And here J spent all this time blocking FreedomWorks from this article! They’re relentless (yes, I am equating).

    You did a fantastic job here, Hraf. You put the hammer to this nonsense. I hope more people get educated about this.

  3. This is a great post Hraf!
    I would like to add one thing. Impreccatory prayer. Palin’s mentor Mary Glazier brags (talk2action)that her and a couple of other “prayer warriors” Prayed Princess Di & Mother Theresa to death!
    Did ya’ll get that? Two of the most beloved women of the world! These people are a Cult and Sicko’s to boot!
    Thanks for exposing them to the LIGHT!

  4. you know I remember sometime back that there was mention that the conservative Christian right was leaning further and further away from the GOP in support. I wonder if this isn’t an attempt to get it back. George W. Bush was trying the same thing on a more moderate basis but I think that many of the religious right did not approve of having to kill thousands of people to do it.

    Sarah Palen and her little group of nitwits are trying to take it right down to bare stone. Unfortunately she is using selected sayings of the founding fathers and ignoring the realities. It doesn’t matter if the founding fathers were Christian, they didn’t write any Christianity into the Constitution. If they did it would be equated to sharia law. And quite frankly I think Sarah is trying to get her own brand of sharia law into play. And I think it’s a contest between her and the rest of the silly group of candidates for president except for Romney that is. I think she is forgetting that the religious right are grown up people and not stone age people. They may be Christians but they don’t want to go back to the fifth century

  5. As usual, there was so much I could not cram into this piece. I wish I could have squeezed in everything I found. I’m glad you brought that up, crystalwolf because as you say, that’s some pretty sick stuff. Here in town they drive around holding out their bibles and praying businesses out of business if it’s something they don’t approve of. It’s nothing to them if they ruin somebody’s life, or kill them – yet they claim witches are evil?

  6. I agree, Shiva, or the 13th – and I wrote a piece about what the 13th century would be like if they succeeded:

    Scary bunch and as you say, they’ve lost sight of the fact that centuries have passed and people aren’t living (or thinking) in the Stone Age. The base goes wild, but the rest of us shake our heads. Unfortunately, they are powerful, wealthy people with a lot of influence, even if they don’t have a lot of numbers.

  7. I cannot see how Sarah Palin could subscibe to mosiac law. I guess because she doesn’t realize that she would be required to stone Bristol to death because of Bristol presumbably has talked back to her, and that she herself would have to relenquish her power as in 1Timothy 2:11-15, woman are not to have any power over men and must be silent because Adam was before Eve, and that somehow makes him superior.

    Ignorance is bliss.

  8. Working full time, whether at home or outside the home, may leave little time for fact checking or critical thinking. I know, because I have been there. I was staunchly pro life some decades ago and I remain pro life. Sarah Palin says she is pro life. She is charismatic and fools a lot of people. She uses the pro life platform because it is politically expedient for her. It is my fervent hope that any pro life person who may be reading this post do some fact checking. Do not accept Sarah Palin on the basis of a blanket recommendation by your pro life organization. Go to palingates dot blogspot dot com Go to mercedejohnston dot com to see how the other grandmother and the aunt of Tripp are treated by “pro life” and “pro family” Palin and her daughter.

  9. How could the Republicans stand behind this choice? They’re supposed to be “law and order” Republicans but it seems like they want to destroy our laws. And why didn’t the media report on this “women of joy” thing? I don’t care what she believes, but I do care that she doesn’t seem to get that her beliefs aren’t supposed to determine our laws!

  10. It is very pleasing to know that there are many True Christians praying for the restoration, recovery and prosperity of a proud nation under God! YES, In God we trust! All others are suspect when their mouths and and posts spout off hatred rather than
    love, division instead of unity, destroying the faithe of many rather than lifting them with the Faith of God to their Heavenly Benefits! We still move in a very particular way, knowing that our weapons are not carnal of this world but mighty in the Kingdom of Gof to bring down strong holds of unbelief and heresy! >

  11. I am so happy that the ugly (inside and out) crazy old gym teacher reaped what she had sowed. She could have gotten her argument across by saying “N word” and not using the word and by not saying “don’t NAACP me” but like Michael Richards AKA “Cosmo Kramer”, she ends up the trash heap of history, a history of her own making. I am so happy that the free market AKA sponsors started to pull their ads (I guess they were exercising their free speech) and she finally realized that she was just another “run of the mill gabby” and her days were numbered. She realized that she was not as smart as she thought she was, finally! The first three times she used the word might not have been in anger but the last eight she was filled with hate, so good riddance.

    Palin was the one who got bent over the use of the word “Retard” (she wanted someone fired for using it once), Palin also said that the people have the right to build the Mosque in NY, but out of respect for the 9/11 families they shouldn’t, but I guess this same standard is not applicable to Laura Schlessinger. Do you see the hypocrisy? The problem with Palin is the same when she mistakenly referred to Ronald Reagan Eureka College, being in California and we all know its in Illinois, same thing, she does not fact check anything she is going to say. She is soooo Palin!

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