Following in the wake of Barack Obama's controversy over the firey sermons of Jermiah Wright videos posted on YouTube (click here) show vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin taking part in an church ceremony in Wasillia, Alaska in which a preacher praying over the Alaskan governor, calls upon God to fight "the spirit of witchcraft", The video, taken by Max Blumenthal, has been appearing across the globe under the title, "Sarah Palin's exorcism".
The preacher, Bishop Muthee, founder of the Word of Faith church who held the service in May 2005 at the Assembly of God featuring Palin, claims to have rid the Kenyan town of Kiambu of witchcraft which his follower's claimed was the work of a local witch known as Mama Jane. According to the Tranformation promotional video produced by George Otis, Muthee's intervention in the Kenyan town resulted in a dramatic fall in crime and the accidental death rate in the community (click here to see an extract on the video featured in the documentary, Sarah Palin's Churches and The Third Wave movement).
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Although Palin no longer regularly attends the Wasillia Assembly of God church she was a member for nearly 25 years she was present at a service as recently as June 8 this year as a speaker for the graduation of the controversial Master's Commission program at the Wasillia Assembly of God. The visit itself drew fire from Anchorage Daily News which claimed that Governor Plain had paid for the journey to her old church using state funds.
However, Bishop Thomas Muthee is not the only source of controversy surrounding the Assembly of God. Senior preacher, Ed Kalnin, has repeatedly been the subject of media attention over his his sermons which have included the ideas such as all supporters of John Kerry would go to hell and that the end of the world or Rapture as it is known in US evangelical parlance would happen in his lifetime.
The initial boost to the McCain campaign that Sarah Palin offered, especially amongst female voter could backfire for the Republicans in November as more and more details of Palin's past come out, gleefully pounced upon by a media deeply angered by the McCain's attempts to control access to the vice presidential candidate (click here for an ABC report).
It could just be that Palin's candidacy may be the most damaging choice of VP since George McGovern fateful decision to ask Thomas Eagleton to join his ticket in the disasterous 1972 Democratic presidential campaign.