Sarah Palin’s Witch Hunting Kenyan Exorcist, Thomas Muthee, Given a Monty Python Retort

If the Times of London article today on Sarah Palin’s witch hunting Kenyan exorcist Thomas Muthee—and his demonizing and driving off of a “witch” named Mama Jane from her community in Kenya—is anywhere near accurate—then maybe we SHOULD expect something like the Spanish Inquisition in the 21st century.

Below is Monty Python’s classic clip, “Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition.”

It is offered as a retort to Sarah Palin and Thomas Muthee, and in memory of the tragic fate of Mama Jane:

For an update on the “witch,” Mama Jane, click here.

About Santi Tafarella

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15 Responses to Sarah Palin’s Witch Hunting Kenyan Exorcist, Thomas Muthee, Given a Monty Python Retort

  1. dummidumbwit says:

    http://dummidumbwit.wordpress.com/2008/09/17/its-the-deregulation-stupid-among-other-things/

    Her beliefs were scary but with a 500 point drop in the Stock Market they seem less problematic? I was on that angle though if you like that stuff I have plenty of post on the topic?

  2. Renee says:

    Yes, we all know about the economy, and how horrible it is right now. But, Sarah Palin and McCain have a strong evangelical base so they need to know about witch hunting pastors, again, there is no one to blame for this kind of info. coming out but John McCain! If he would have vetted this woman instead of picking her out for “reasons” that anyone with 1/2 a brain could see. If they had a full brain they wouldn’t buy anything. Sen. Obama was judged and asked about his patriotism as opposed to his pastor, I think it is very fair.

  3. VICTORIA says:

    Actually I just saw guest Shannyn Moore refer to the possibility of throwing witches on the water and seeing if they float in our future-
    and I also thought of Monty Python-
    I’m pretty sure it’s the Holy Grail where Palin (Michael) accuses the woman of being a witch- and Terry Jones, in judging the case-decides that- a witch is made of wood- and if they throw her in the water she will float. (Hence they will wisely be able to determine her witchhood)
    Which they do.

  4. christina says:

    This is not a witch hunter, just because you don’t understand, doesn’t mean you judge! God works through many and this man gave a prophetic word, and in the Bible it says if you ask you shall receive! Just because you don’t understand this type of Church doesn’t mean you have the right to turn your nose up! you may need to read your instruction book (THE BIBLE) and then you may understand! it’s all there, along with the outcome of those who deny it! I hope you like the heat!

  5. Jules says:

    Oh christina – You’ve shown me the light! I want to change my evil ways.
    I believe! I believe! In Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Great Pumpkin. But never this god character, I’m not stupid.

  6. santitafarella says:

    I would like to know more about Mama Jane, and what became of her after Thomas Muthee accused her of witchcraft and causing car wrecks by spells, and she was driven from her community.

  7. jlyndsignz05 says:

    This topic was on another blog that I responded to, who also was pro-Keith Olberman, so I’m just going to paste my response here too. If you want to know the basis of the Olberman reply, the other blog was on Mudflaps or something like that, it’s in the top blog sites. Here is my response to the witch-hunter:

    Well, obviously I’m radically outnumbered here. I think all of you are overreacting and blowing this out of proportion. I think maybe your only seeing one side of this story. Why does prayer scare you and why do you mock it? Perhaps the situation in Africa from what I read had to do with the woman “Mama Jane” being involved in witch craft and demonic rituals including voodoo. Folks, like it or not, Satan is real. If you invite him into your life and summons his powers, it will be devastating. However, true born-again believers in Jesus Christ, have the power thru the Holy Spirit to bine these demons and cast them out. That’s biblical. I know you don’t see it, but as the pastor said, we are in a spirital warfare and it will get worst. You don’t need to fear Sarah Palin, she is a good person and has the right heart and attitude. McCain pulled out an ace and ya’ll are just running scared and falling for anything negative you hear about her. Instead of taking time to do your own investigating and homework, you are too quick to believe anything you hear. You seem to let fear blindly lead you in any direction as long as it’s negative. For example, I did research on Pastor Muthee before I responded to this blog.

    As far a Keith Olberman, his show has always been slanted toward his own personal views. There is nothing fair and balanced about it. That’s exactly why he was removed and lost his timeslot. He just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. As a journalist, you won’t make it very long if that’s the way you report the news. He is entitled to his opinions, but a better place for him, would be in a commentary situation. That way he can slant it all he wants.

    Regan, this country is already split. That’s what’s wrong with it because we are no longer united as one nation under God. Half the nation has turned the other way and gone in the opposite direction away from God. The other half has been too passive and complacent for far too long.

    As far as either candidate having all the right answers, neither of them do. They cannont save this country. God is the only one who can. The problem is we spend all our time looking to people to fix our problems and they can’t. The only hope for America, is if we as a united nation get on our knees and ask God to take this country back and to forgive us for turning our backs on Him. The problem with this is, there are too many unbelievers and skeptics for us to come together on our own accord. It will truly take a Divine intervention in order for this to take place.

    Therefore, I call on the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts and lives of the Church of Jesus Christ to stand up together as one and be bold and repetitive in asking God to take this country back and make His presence known to it in Jesus’ name. To get out in the public arena and vote the Bible.

    You see folks, there is power in prayer when you pray in Jesus’ name. The only reason you would have to fear that is, if you, yourself, are not holding yourself accountable for your own actions and choices you make in your own life.

  8. dummidumbwit says:

    The definition of a persons Christianity varies however and has since even before 1776. The recent increases in the more Fundamentalist Evangelical Christian population alarms many Christians who are outside of the Fundamentalist end of the spectrum to the point that I would actually think that many of us are more afraid of fundementalist Evangelicals than Atheist or Pagans. While it’s probably safe to assume that Sarah Palin is fairly mainstream in many ways, the Assembly of God is on the edge of what is acceptable in the 21st century.Follow the enclosed link to Tony Alamo’s ministry web site and you will find views that are “Hate Speech” and it’s people like that who give all the people on the right a bad name. He calls the Pope a … right there, and it’s common in right wing evangelicals to tread very dangerous ground. I’m sorry but that facts speak for themselves, we have every right to be uncomfortable with Sarah Palin, she has to prove she is not a zealot to me and many other mainstream Christians, let alone LDS members, Jews and Catholics http://www.alamoministries.com/

  9. sagewoman says:

    hmmmm, my pastor just warned me that the pastor of one of those assembly of god type Churches here has vocally expressed from the pulpit that I am a devil worshipper and am planting trees around the town in order to send demons into the city. He was worried about my safety. I ‘m the County Democratic Chair . . . yes, it is a small town. So say what you will about this being harmless pratter . . . I think its more than that.

  10. m says:

    I’ve had some of these folks try to pray me out of business. Spiritual warfare is all the rage these days and dagerous it is. It’s heretical but it’s fashonable. Other demoninations need to sepak out against this perversio of Christianity. Muthee is very very dangerous. He believes that Christians should use violence to take over their cities.

  11. Seeker says:

    I think people’s religions should not be used as a reason to vote against them, *provided* they are clearly and strongly committed to about upholding the absolute Constitutional separation of Church and State that the Founders intended. (And yes, they *did* so intend, no matter how much the religous right tries to claim otherwise.) Some may be old enough to recall the demonization of JFK’s Catholicism during the 1960 election, and how he came out very clearly about his belief in separation of Church and State. Would it be too much to expect Sarah Palin to do likewise?

  12. jlyndsignz05 says:

    Seeker,
    Disagree, the founding fathers did NOT intend for there to be a separation between church and state and one did not exist. It was all a mis-intrepretation of a letter that Jefferson wrote. People have read that out of context which started the whole separation “idea” thing.
    This separation did not come from the Constitution itself. He was only stating a personal opinion in the letter.

    Wikipedia–
    The separation of church and state is a legal and political principle derived from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .” The phrase “separation of church and state”, which does not appear in the Constitution itself, is generally traced to an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists, where Jefferson spoke of the combined effect of the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. It has since been quoted in several opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court.

    The phrase separation of church and state is generally traced to a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to the Danbury Baptists, in which he referred to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as creating a “wall of separation” between church and state. The phrase was then quoted by the United States Supreme Court first in 1878, and then in a series of cases starting in 1947. This led to increased popular and political discussion of the concept.

    http://www.usconstitution.net/jeffwall.html
    Thomas Jefferson was a man of deep religious conviction – his conviction was that religion was a very personal matter, one which the government had no business getting involved in. He was vilified by his political opponents for his role in the passage of the 1786 Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and for his criticism of such biblical truths as the Great Flood and the theological age of the Earth. As president, he discontinued the practice started by his predecessors George Washington and John Adams of proclaiming days of fasting and thanksgiving. He was a staunch believer in the separation of church and state.

    Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 to answer a letter from them written in October 1801. A copy of the Danbury letter is available here. The Danbury Baptists were a religious minority in Connecticut, and they complained that in their state, the religious liberties they enjoyed were not seen as immutable rights, but as privileges granted by the legislature – as “favors granted.” Jefferson’s reply did not address their concerns about problems with state establishment of religion – only of establishment on the national level. The letter contains the phrase “wall of separation between church and state,” which led to the short-hand for the Establishment Clause that we use today: “Separation of church and state.”

    The letter was the subject of intense scrutiny by Jefferson, and he consulted a couple of New England politicians to assure that his words would not offend while still conveying his message: it was not the place of the Congress or the Executive to do anything that might be misconstrued as the establishment of religion.

    Note: The bracketed section in the second paragraph was been blocked off for deletion in the final draft of the letter sent to the Danbury Baptists, though it was not actually deleted in his draft of the letter. It is included here for completeness. Reflecting upon his knowledge that the letter was far from a mere personal correspondence, Jefferson deleted the block, he noted in the margin, to avoid offending members of his party in the eastern states.

  13. dummidumbwit says:

    Thomas Jefferson was a unique thinker, his positions on states right vs the more Federalist position still ring today. He was a unique thinker and is interestingly still relevant today. His ideas on the enlightenment and the positions on religion and the French Revolution are often at odds with his states rights positions in Contemporary Conservative thought, but who isn’t at odds with this or that these days? I would currently advocate a Federalist position seeing as how I think a majority can be arranged around it, but I will grant Ron Paul the intellectually enloghtened label due to the fact that if I was in the minority, I would be more likely to utilize his states rights position. As it is I grant him the respect of well thought out ideas that I am not using at this point.

  14. dummidumbwit says:

    http://dummidumbwit.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/examination-of-the-repulican-party-from-the-leftcenter/

    They lost, Palin ought to let Newt have the rabid end of the GOP, and she just might?

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