This was my contribution to the link swappage going on in the the southern end of the Election Day unrest thread. It’s a piece of religious right lunacy that made my jaw drop: Blood libel! Spectral evidence! Cannibalism! The stupidity that passeth all understanding! Not to mention hearsay taken as fact; viz.:
Block African witchcraft curses against McCain and Palin NOW!Yes; but when John Hodgman does it, it’s meant to be funny.
Sep 28 2008 04:12PM
THIS IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS.
Minutes ago I spoke with friend Dr. Norman G. Marvin, M.D. and he is so concerned at what he has learned about Barack Obama’s family in Kenya that he is calling a special prayer meeting in his home to pray against the witchcraft curses attempted by them against John McCain and Sarah Palin.“Spiritual warfare” is a sort of folk thaumaturgy with ambitions to theurgy. If it worked, it would be a branch of black magic. There are “spiritual warfare” adherents out there who publicly take credit for the death of Mother Teresa.
Dr. Marvin sent me the below e-mail from Flo Ellers. Flo is credentialed with the International Fellowship of Ministries which is based in Washington State. She is also a member of EndTime Handmaidens and Servants of Jasper, Arkansas.
IF YOU KNOW HOW TO DO SPIRITUAL WARFARE, PLEASE PRAY TODAY AND CONTINUALLY THAT ALL SUCH CURSES BE BROKEN AND SATAN’S PLAN FOR AMERICA BE DEFEATED, IN JESUS’ NAME. PRAY AND COVER MCCAIN AND PALIN WITH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DO SPIRITUAL WARFARE, IT IS TIME YOU LEARN!!!
______________________________________Why three in the morning? I have no idea. They never say. It’s a nice use of a single arbitrary detail to nail down an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
From Flo Ellers. Excerpt. (Emphasis supplied in bold and underlines.)
Two days ago, I listened to a 9-6-08 message by Bree Keyton, a young woman evangelist who had just traveled to Kenya and visited Obama’s home village and what she found out about his relations with his tribal people was chilling. And his “cousin” Odinga was dreadful. She said the witches, warlocks and those involved in satanism and the occult get up daily at 3 a.m. to release curses against McCain and Palin so B. Hussein Obama is elected.
Unfortunately for Ms. Keyton’s credibility, and for Jim Bramlett and Flo Ellers’s credulity, the story about Odinga being related to Barack Obama is known to be false. You could read all about it in the St. Petersburg Times clear back in April. At that time, the story was being enthusiastically spread by Celeste and Loren Davis, who claim to be Christian missionaries in Africa, but sound far too petty, spiteful, worldly, and obsessed with right-wing politics to be any kind of effective advertisement for Christianity.
Bree Keyton told the tribal “Christians” you are NOT Christian if you practice “tribalism” where they do voodoo to conjure up a goddess spirit or a “genie” and then come to church on Sunday to worship Jesus! What she discovered there is apparent in most churches around the world; namely, mixture in the church. Some renounced their devilish practices of blood covenant by killing sheep, goats, humans to be inducted into the tribe or to get a wife or to get revenge.Bree Keyton features heroically in her own stories. More about her in a bit.
She said the current president of Kenya is a Christian. However, Obama’s cousin Odinga ran aganist him and said he rigged the election and stirred up the masses to rape woman and boys, kill and burn and torture Christians, etc. until Obama contacted Condeleeza RiceWhich makes no sense whatsoever. I suspect Rice was nominated for this role solely because she’s black.
and she granted Obama the right to contact Odinga and other ruling elders and he “convinced” them to stop terrorizing the Christians. Bree Keyton said the current Christian President was forced by our government (!) to “create” an office for Odinga (to make “peace”) so he was made the Prime Minister (!) to make peace between the Christians and Odinga’s Muslim religion!Bree Keyton is way big on special revelations. She says she receives ‘em from God. But she has to be mistaken about that source—God wouldn’t have omitted to let her know what Muslims actually believe.
Bree Keyton went and visited Obama’s tribal people and she found out Obama is 75% ArabI wonder which one of his Kansas grandparents is secretly an Arab?
and his family are Muslims. Odinga is strill trying to become the President of Kenya. If he does, he will make a law forbidding all public preaching and institute Sharia Law. Bree K. said Odinga has made a pact with satan.I know, I know. Many of those words don’t belong in the same sentence with each other. Bree Keyton is a stunningly ignorant and brazen piece of work.
Bree K. also said when Obama visited his tribe in ‘06 and as late as Jan. ‘08 he went to every elder’s home which has a “shrine” inside to worship the genie and asked for their blessing. She was told Obama and Odinga were both “destined” before they were born to be president/leader of their nation. They say “he is the chosen one”. She said Obama’s grandmother sacrificed a black and a white chicken to the “goddess of the river” so both whites and blacks will vote for Obama. All Islam loves and worships Obama.I can’t believe this chit
The world is mesmerized by him. Oprah’s 200 million followers are out to elect Obama. Also, Dick Morris of Fox News was sent to Kenya to help Odinga run his campaign! I find that unbelievable.I find it unbelievable too.
The occultists are “weaving lazy 8’s around McCain’s mind to make him look confused and like an idiot”. Bree K. said we need to break these curses off of him that are being sent from Kenya.So that’s what’s doing it. Now we know.
Mind, you, the foregoing is just a sample of this document. It’s much longer and stranger.
So: Bree Keyton, who’s cited throughout as the source of this story, is a washed-up chantoosie who by her own account got shot in the head one night while opening for a rock band, and thereafter went into the god biz. Her traveling act appears to be a sort of musical (only now it’s for God, so you have to listen) post-Buffy “hot chick with long blonde hair and sword” routine. Seriously, she sells specially blessed wooden stakes—which, again, appear to be some sort of folk magic.
Keyton’s theology is a complete mess of spiritual titillation, conspiracy theory, special revelation, and “spiritual warfare” practices which, again, appear to owe more to folk magic than to mainstream Christianity. Add to that mixture a dollop each of right-wing fruitbattery, anti-Masonic sentiments, and Alexander Hislop, and you’ve got it.