The liberal, biased media is at it again. This time with their typical religiously clueless attacks on Gov. Sarah Palin.
So, a number of years ago (2004), Kenyan Bishop Thomas Muthee called Palin to the front of the church to lay hands on her and pray for her. I know, how shocking!
First, let me acknowledge my own “background.” I am not Pentecostal or Charismatic. That said, at least I can respect the spiritual tradition and cultural background of Bishop Muthee and Gov. Palin.
By the way, Gov. Palin has not regularly attended the church (Wasilla Assembly of God) where this service occurred for a number of years. She has been a member for seven years at Wasilla Bible Church — “a nondenominational, Evangelical church.”
This is an example of the liberal media not only blowing out of proportion the nature of this prayer service, but also of their cultural insensitivity.
“What you saw was something very basic that happens in a Pentecostal church,” said Anthea Butler, a religion professor at the University of Rochester. “You would see this in any Pentecostal church on any given Sunday.”
Yep. But clueless Keith Olbermann called the video “terrifying” and said it made Rev. Jeremiah Wright look “pretty mainstream” in comparison. And just where did Olberman receive his theology degree?
And what about cultural insensitivity? Isn’t this the great PC mantra of the liberal left?
Some of Muthee’s beliefs come from his experiences in Kenya, where he and wife, Margaret, founded a church in a violent area on the outskirts of Nairobi in 1988.
“Witchcraft [Muthee, among many other things, prayed for victory over witchcraft in his prayer for Palin] is a sad reality in many parts of Africa, resulting in scores of deaths in Kenya over the past two decades,” Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in a statement that chastised the media for its coverage of the video.
“Bishop Muthee’s blessing, then, was simply a reflection of his cultural understanding of evil. While others are not obliged to accept his interpretation, all can be expected to respect it. More than that, Muthee should be hailed for asking God to shield Palin from harmful forces, however they may be manifested,” Donohue’s statement said. “And for this he is mocked and Palin ridiculed?”
“I don’t know why they are making a big thing out of it,” Olupana said of the media reaction to the video. “Witchcraft as part of a belief system is real to the people who live there,” he said, noting that there was “nothing unusual about what happened.”
Yes, Keith Olbermann and others like him are once again clueless about the normalcy of such a prayer service for millions of Pentecostal Americans. They are also clueless and culturally insensitive (biased, judgmental, arrogant) about the spiritual values of Kenyon Bishop Muthee.
So, who really is “Legally Blonde” here? That pejorative moniker has been hung around Gov. Palin’s neck by Olbermann and his ilk. Yet, Olbermann shows just how spiritually clueless and culturally “legally blonde” he is with his uneducated, insensitive, biased, and unsophisticated rants against Gov. Palin and Bishop Muthee.