Witchgate? Another day, another Palin video …
DALLAS – Another day, another video showing Sarah Palin in church.
The latest Palin You Tube video to show up on the Internet features grainy footage of John McCain’s vice presidential running mate receiving a blessing against witchcraft in a Pentecostal church in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.
You can see the video here. Palin says nothing in it and keeps her head bowed throughout the blessing that was reportedly given by a Kenyan pastor and witch hunter.
The video, like a previous one in which Palin tells a congregation that U.S. troops in Iraq were on a “task from God,” has been widely reported and commented on. It reportedly was made in 2005 before she was elected governor of Alaska. It began circulating on the Internet this week.
Palin is an evangelical who has ignited the Republican Party’s conservative Christian base. But incidents such as this one have raised eyebrows in some quarters, especially among foreign media covering the U.S. campaign in the run-up to the Nov. 4 election between McCain/Palin and Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
The online edition of Britain’s Telegraph newspaper said the incident recalled the damaging reports that Obama faced over his links to pastor Jeremiah Wright, who made stridently anti-American sermons.
To see some domestic media criticism, click here.
Some U.S. evangelicals will see nothing strange in a Pentecostal service evoking witchcraft. And many others will no doubt say what a candidate does in a church is nobody else’s business.
Are candidates, their pastors and what they do in church fair game in this election year? Or not?
Photo credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder (Palin listens to McCain at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York on Sept. 25, 2008)