Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Your Boot on My Throat Makes Conversation Difficult

morningstar, christian, palin, republican, militant, reeducation, muthee, joyner
"When Fascism comes to America,will it come wrapped in the Flag, and carrying a cross." - Upton Sinclair

I've added Alaska to the list of places I'm never visiting, and if I do have to visit Alaska for some reason, I am draping myself in crosses and carrying at least two bibles at all times.

Last March, Sarah Palin enjoyed an extended telephone consultation and pep talk with Morningstar* Ministries founder and head Rick Joyner, who has contacts among Republicans in Congress and whose ministry is closely tied to Palin's most important Alaskan church, the Wasilla Assembly of God.

[Mr. Joyner] publicly advocates the establishment of a government regime that, in his own words, "may seem like totalitarianism" and would re-educate citizens in 'correct' decision making . . .

No wonder wingnuts spend so much time bleating about "reeducation camps"- they're afraid Obama will beat them to it.

In a "prophecy" published June 19, 2007, Rick Joyner wrote, "The kingdom of God will not be socialism, but a freedom even greater than anyone on earth knows at this time. At first it may seem like totalitarianism ... Instead of taking away liberties and becoming more domineering, the kingdom will move from a point of necessary control while people are learning truth, integrity, honor, and how to make decisions, to increasing liberty so that they can."

So . . . we'll take away your right to make decisions until such a time as you make the decisions that we want you to. Mao, Stalin and Torquemada would no doubt be proud.

But Morningstar Ministries is in fact closely tied to the [Palin's] church, whose head pastor Ed Kalnins, along with Kenyan evangelist Thomas Muthee, anointed and blessed Sarah Palin against the "spirit of witchcraft" in an October 2005 ceremony at the church, shortly before Palin launched her bid to become Alaska governor.

During that 2005 ceremony, Muthee urged his church audience to "infiltrate" key sectors of society such as business and finance, government, education, and media. Thomas Muthee became briefly notorious during the 2008 election, for his claim to have driven a "witch" from Kiambu, a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya.

Considering that witch burnings have become popular in Africa, I'd like (and not like) to know exactly how Muthee "drove a witch" from Kiambu.

Morningstar Ministries promotes the idea that a "last day army" of supernaturally equipped young Christians will conquer and cleanse all evil from the Earth, and a conference advertisement on the Morningstar website features a music track with the refrain, "There is a new generation rising up in power, there is a last day army rising up for war." Militant themes are common at the church.

One part of me says, "so you've got Sylar working for you" with a smirk, but militancy combined with extremist Christian views have not worked out well for the nonbelievers or the unpopular in the past. You know, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials.

At a revival event held during the week of August 7-13, 2008, Morningstar Executive Vice President Steve Thompson gave a frenzied exhortation to an excited crowd, "See, Jesus is waiting seated at the right hand of the Father, having all authority on Heaven and on Earth, having commissioned and empowered and deployed his disciples to go out and enforce the victory and the judgment that he won over the enemy and waiting until his people rise up and demonstrate their glory and those enemies are put under the feet of the body of Christ !"

The body of Christ is a euphamism for the chuch. He wants you and me under his boots and then he wants to forcibly reeducate us. Color me concerned.

*Wasn't Satan's name "the morningstar"? Who names a Christian ministry after Satan? That's just weird.


  1. "Wasn't Satan's name 'the morningstar'? Who names a Christian ministry after Satan? That's just weird."

    Weird, but strangely appropriate. And yes, Morningstar is one of the nicknames used for Satan - or possibly it's more of a title; I'm not sure.

    Now I'm tempted to put together a conspiracy site to point out how Morningstar Ministries is actually created and directed by Satan.

  2. *Wasn't Satan's name "the morningstar"? Who names a Christian ministry after Satan? That's just weird.

    You apparently missed that entire conversation over at Pharyngula. Morning star was also used to refer to Jesus and in some ways is a better reference to Jesus than Satan. The Isaiah passage where Satan is turned in to Lucifer is a mistranslation that's been carried forward and won't go away any time soon because of Milton.

    Interestingly enough, the vast majority of modern Christian ideas towards hell seems to come from Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost. They simply took folk ideas of what the Bible said and turned them in to setting and plot. Most of the stuff just isn't in the Bible, but you wouldn't know it from hearing...

  3. ""last day army" of supernaturally equipped young Christians will conquer and cleanse all evil from the Earth"

    But unless they find the one ring and destroy it, all their efforts will go for nought.

    It's sounds like these people take their fantasy a little too seriously.

  4. I know this is OT, but I wanted to ask if you knew you were included in T.Estes of HardTruth’s “Evil Sites” list (as, humorlessly enough, “Forever with Satan”)?

    T.Estes really is endlessly boring to the point of becoming amusing. I didn’t know such a thing was even possible, but dang it, he made it a reality.

  5. He drove the witch out by unleashing his followers to harrass the hell out of some poor woman he didn't like who had the misfortune of having a car crash in front of her business. He blamed the car crash on her witchcraft and then told his followers to drive her out of town.
    Considering witches get stoned and burned in Africa I would have left too.
    I have a deep dislike of Muthee and was really unnerved that this guy blessed Palin.

  6. I knew about the Morningstar thing from the movie Dogma.

    Now you're telling me that Dogma isn't a documentary?

    Well holy-fucking-non-existent-shit-demons, I'm disappointed.

    But yeah, Christian theocracy is a scary prospect.

  7. Booyah! I win! Although I need to get him to use the correct name.

  8. @PersonalFailure:
    While you’re asking him to correct your blog title, you could also request that he correct PZ’s (“PharyTales”), Hemant Mehta’s (“The Hateful Atheist”) and Dawkins’ (“Richie Dawkinham”) … if you get the (fairly obvious) hint.

    Sheesh … he’s not even original. Proper troll conduct is to at least try and be original when disparaging others … *sighs at how the art of trolling has been lost*

  9. I play in churches and it keeps me from getting too warm and fuzzy about the effect that it has.

    In the past year I have heard three preachers extoll the Geneva of John Calvin as how a society should be ... complete with the sweet smell of roasting heretics (in the name of "love" and "The Greater Good") and two calls for an American version of the St. Bartholomew's Day devotion as practiced in France a few centuries ago.

    Most people had no idea what they were talking about, but here and there in each congregation you could observe the head nodding in agreement, the pugnatios frown, extended lower lip, the "what I'd really like to do...") thought so plainly in view.

  10. 5 days lat (i sleep sooooo much right now)
    but i have to say

    a good HUGE chunk of the reason i voted Obama instead of 3rd party? (i wanted Edwards...) was Palin, and *this* guy.

    he sees witchcraft in every thing. what's going to do withc actual witches? i have dozens of friends who are actual witches - and the rest of us are *pagan* of SOME stripe - i've been threatened enough, thank you...


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