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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Do You Believe in Magic?

From the Catholic League website. (I have to go shower now)

Short version: witchcraft is real.


September 25, 2008

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments today on news reports that an African minister once asked God to protect Sarah Palin from witchcraft:

“In 2005, Sarah Palin went to church and found that a visiting minister from Kenya, Bishop Thomas Muthee, was doing the service. He offered a prayer asking Jesus to keep her free from ‘every form of witchcraft.’ Palin said nothing—she simply kept her head bowed throughout the blessing. Why this is newsworthy is one issue, but why it has quickly become the subject of scorn is another.

“For the past two decades, Americans have been lectured by educators and the chattering class that we must respect cultural, religious, racial and ethnic diversity. It seems that exceptions to the creed of multiculturalism are only made when it suits the ideological agenda of the left. Enter Keith Olbermann: He exploited this incident last night as a club to paint Palin as an extremist. Moreover, he used this single blessing to unfavorably contrast the African minister to Barack Obama’s spiritual mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The MSNBC commentator incredibly said that Wright—who spewed hate speech before Obama for 20 years—‘seems pretty mainstream’ by comparison.

“Witchcraft is a sad reality in many parts of Africa, resulting in scores of deaths in Kenya over the past two decades. 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. And for this he is mocked and Palin ridiculed?

“We know that many cultural elites have a hard time embracing religion, but is it too much to ask that they at least show some manners when discussing subjects which most Americans hold dear?”


  1. Yeah, witchcraft does cause deaths in Africa. People who are accused of being witches are often burned or hacked up with machetes. I'm supposed to respect this criminal ignorance? Ignorance and belief in supernatural bullshit. William Donohue can suck my sweaty balls.


  2. Rufus: that link...

    ... I think I'm going to be sick. I had no idea.

  3. I never understood people who get so worked up over witchcraft, as in it being some way to direct any type of invisible force to do one's bidding. It's as much nonsense as any other part of religion.

    I agree with Rufus, and I find myself doing that a lot lately, that witchcraft is dangerous only when human start killing other humans over it.

    If this comment doesn't cover what I wanted to say, it's 5 am so cut me some slack.

  4. Sadly Quasar, that is a rather common occurrence in Africa. The lucky "witches" are in major cities and only go to jail. Just google Africa and witches or witchcraft and see the articles.

    Bill Donohue is a fucking idiot that cries about anything so that he can make the news and keep himself relevant.

  5. Yes, witchcraft does indeed cause deaths in Africa, perhaps not in the way Donohue thinks.

  6. Personally, I don't see that this reflects on Palin particularly badly. It's a bit kooky, to be sure - but if I'd been in her shoes (and oh, what hawt shoes they are!), I probably would have been respectful and kept my mouth shut.

    Bill Donohue, on the other hand - I agree with Rufus, and am gonna book him an appointment with my nutsack.

    (Sorry - I hate that man)

  7. Donohue has been an asswipe since The Last Temptation of Christ, when they mock-crucified someone in protest. I thought, why don't you get on there, you fuck, and let 'em really do it, if you want to protest. South Park slayed him in a recent Easter episode.


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