Video: Visiting pastor prays over Palin for protection from witchcraft

posted at 10:05 pm on September 25, 2008 by Allahpundit

Tapper’s got a good quickie recap to bring you up to speed. Skip ahead to 8:30 for the money bit. The left wants payback for Wright (Hagee and Parsley don’t quite suffice, evidently) so here’s their tu quoque for “God damn America,” I guess. Why prayers about witchcraft would be deemed alarmingly kooky or outre when prayers about angels, demons, or Satan are perfectly mundane and unexceptional escapes me, but then an atheist would say that, wouldn’t he? Meanwhile, Bill Donohue, as quoted by Tapper, makes a level-headed point (for once) about how different cultures understand evil. Is it really shocking that a guy who comes from a part of the world where they believe in witchcraft would pray for protection from it? Was Palin supposed to have run screaming from the altar when he mentioned it rather than have stood there politely and waited for him to finish? The One stuck with Trinity for decades; if he had stayed with them for a few years but then roused himself to quit over Wright (as Oprah appears to have done), I’d wager voters would have been a lot more forgiving.

What the pastor says about “Israelites” is dicier but, as Tapper notes, ambiguous. It could be a compliment or it could be an Ahmadinejad-esque insinuation about the shadowy people who control the banks. Judge for yourself, but then answer me this: Isn’t the current line among Palin-haters that she’s an empty vessel whom the dastardly neocons are reprogramming to do Israel’s bidding? The word “indoctrination” has been used, if I’m not mistaken. How are we supposed to impute the pastor’s sentiments to her if we’re busy pretending she’s some sort of Likudbot?


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And while there seems to be many who think they are one and the same, atheism properly and fully understood simply means no belief in God.

Which does NOT immediately lead to an antagonism toward religion.

Just like being a Christian doesn’t make me an anti-atheist (although there are Christians who think they are one and the same).

The difference really is the focus – are you more concerned about YOUR beliefs or are you more concerned about SOMEONE ELSE’S beliefs.

Religious_Zealot on September 26, 2008 at 8:01 AM

I attempted to make the same point over at Ace’s last night. I don’t know if I made any impression or not. But my premise is roughly simular to yours- just because I’m an athiest doesn’t mean I have to be a lickspittle towards someone else when they say “God bless you”. It isn’t a matter of conversion or an attempt to make me out to be a heretic- it’s merely someone wishing well of me. I never have understood why an athiest would be one of the most offended groups vis-a-vis religion, when by definition they should have no offence at all.

BillH on September 26, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Re: Witchcraft.

If you are praying you are making the assumption that good supernatural forces are at work. It stands to reason that there might be bad ones, as well, and that you would want protection from them. You can’t logically criticize prayer against witchcraft unless you are going to have the balls to criticize prayer as such. Bottom line: non-issue.

Re: Israelites

Clearly he meant the reference to be complementary. He is basically saying “God wants us to do X and that’s what the Israelites did and continue to do.” Not sure if the “even today” bit refers to Jews in general or the nation of Israel in particular, but either way he is holding them up as examples to follow. The corruption he talks about later is what the non-Israeilites get into. Only someone with an agenda can take it any other way.

JackOfClubs on September 26, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Maxx on September 25, 2008 at 10:52 PM

I was going to make a jibe like that but I decided to take the high-road.

JackOfClubs on September 26, 2008 at 5:15 PM