The Tragedy of The “Witch” Mama Jane: Sarah Palin, Thomas Muthee, and the Times of London Article on a Kenyan Witchhunt

In June of 2008 Sarah Palin praised Kenyan pastor Thomas Muthee before an Assembly of God congregation, recounting his powerful prayer over her as she was running for governor of Alaska.

But today, the Times of London did a fascinating profile of Muthee, and found that his ministry began with a witch hunt, in which he accused a woman named Mama Jane of casting spells and causing car wrecks.

Pastor Muthee’s demonizing of Mama Jane ultimately drove her from her home community in Kenya.

Here’s a link to further information and reflection on Mama Jane, Thomas Muthee, Sarah Palin, and the Times of London article:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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6 Responses to The Tragedy of The “Witch” Mama Jane: Sarah Palin, Thomas Muthee, and the Times of London Article on a Kenyan Witchhunt

  1. Essie Stamper says:

    Concerning the witch hunt you are talking about, thank god for people of god to cast out such demonic thngs in our society. It is about time people speak out for god. That they are not afraid to speak out for god. These kinds of peole need to be cast out. That is why god gives us the power over the enemy to cast them out. Thank god for sarah palin and her pastor.

  2. Leo R. McDevitt says:

    Essie you should be put to sleep for the good of humanity.

    There is no such thing as “demonic thngs” (sic) except in your imagination. An innocent woman [Mama Jane] has been harmed. A cruel man [Thomas Muthee] has seized power by using people’s ancient folk beliefs against them.

    The people of Africa need education, medical care, and nourishment to rise above their plight. Filling their heads with fear over nonexistent demons is only serving to keep them in poverty.

  3. The original witch hunts in Western Europe were started by certain East India Tea Company personnel in order to mimic or instigate the practice of suttee against widows who owned land they coveted. I am descended from one of the Salem Witch families and they say that the Salem trials resulted from the rebellion of young girls against arranged marriages with land-hungry older men.

    Take a look at two separate factors: foreclosure rates and relaxed restrictions on oil drilling. Factor in a third thing: many European Satanist families fled to the New World to escape possible capture and execution. They’re still here, hide in churches, and contribute enough to get job references from preachers. This bunch would love to burn a moonbat or two to hide their games.

    I suspect big witch-hunting in Alaska in the future, especially if the “demonesses” own land with mineral rights intact, near oil fields or pipelines. Check other locations as well, including the oil-rich lands in Alabama and oil-shale areas of Tennessee and

  4. Rich says:

    You have some moral basis from which you advocate that feeding and educating the poor is good. Don’t totally undermine it by even jokingly suggesting that someone be “put to sleep for the good of humanity” because their ideas seem primative. Who’s the witch hunter?

  5. Irisi says:

    Yes, because, you know, any other faith is a horrible, horrible demonizing, evil false lie, etc. etc. Essie, it’s people like you who turn people off of Christianity. That poor woman did nothing wrong.

    And I don’t understand how some Christians claim that witchcraft is a lie and fake and whatnot, yet go on witch hunts? You contradict yourself

  6. USA Witch says:

    Essie and others, it is very sad that you spew such intolerance at other’s faith just because you do not understand or, perhaps, fear it. If you were really strong in your faith, someone else’s spiritual beliefs would not bother you.

    All churches need to stop preaching hate and starting promoting acceptance and respect.

    If you truly believe that there is only one God, then don’t we all have the same faith? We just call God by a different name.

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