Mail Online, 18 Sept. 2008, Paul Thompson
Vice presidential pick Sarah Palin is known for her strident views on religion and the power of prayer. But her credibility is once again being questioned after an African pastor she credits with helping her political career was revealed to have waged a witch-hunt against a woman who was said to cause car crashes with her “demonic spells.”
In June, Palin told how a visiting pastor from Kenya had foretold she was destined for greater things.
She told other members of the Assembly of God church in her home town of Wasilla, Alaska, that Thomas Muthee had laid his hands on her head and prayed over her when they met in 2005.
After what the 44-year-old described as his “awesome” prayer she went on to become Alaska’s first governor.
Recalling the event, Palin said “As I was mayor and Pastor Muthee was here and he was praying over me, and you know how he speaks and he’s so bold.
“And he was praying “Lord make a way, Lord make a way.
“And I’m thinking, this guy’s really bold, he doesn’t even know what I’m going to do, he doesn’t know what my plans are.
“And he’s praying not “oh Lord if it be your will may she become governor,” no, he just prayed for it.
“He said “Lord make a way and let her do this next step. And that’s exactly what happened.”
Muthee had visited her church in Alaska in his role as the founder of the Word of Faith Church, also known as the Prayer Cave.
But it has now emerged that he was once involved in driving out a woman from her home who local villagers believed was a witch.
The pastor speaks of his offensive against a demonic presence in the town of Kiambu in a trailer for a evangelical video “Transformations”, made by a Christian research and information agency.
The full Transformations video featuring Muthee’s story was on YouTube but has now been removed.
Details of what happened were reported at the time in the Christian Science Monitor, as well as on numerous evangelical websites.
According to the Monitor, six months of prayer and research identified the source of the witchcraft as a local woman called Mama Jane.
He ordered her to offer her up her soul for salvation or leave Kiambu.
“Muthee held a crusade that ‘brought about 200 people to Christ’”, the Monitor said.
They set up round-the-clock prayer intercession and eventually, says the pastor “the demonic influence was broken”, and Mama Jane fled the town.
According to accounts of the witch-hunt circulated on evangelical websites, after Mutheee spoke out against Mama Jane many villagers demanded she be stoned.
Police raided her home and shot a pet python which was believed to be a demon.
Muthee,who said he became a pastor after “God spoke” to him in 1989, has frequently referred to this witch-hunt in his sermons as an example of the power of “spiritual warfare”.