LOS ANGELES (AFP) — An Internet video showing Sarah Palin being blessed by a Kenyan witch-hunter emerged Thursday in the latest online blast from the Republican vice-presidential nominee's past.
The video appeared on Youtube and several sites showing Palin taking part in a 2005 service at a Pentecostal church in Alaska where preacher Thomas Muthee calls for witches and other Palin enemies to be defeated.
In the video, Palin can be seen standing before Muthee with her head bowed as her hands are held by two members of the congregation.
In his sermon, Muthee praises Palin for her quest to become governor of Alaska and calls on other church members to seek positions of influence.
"In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, every form of witchcraft is what you rebuke. In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, father make away now," Muthee says in the video.
"Come on, talk to God about this woman. We declare, save her from Satan," he adds. "Make her way, my God. Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus. Use her to turn this nation the other way around."
In the same sermon, Muthee calls on followers to seek positions of influence in government, education and business.
"If we have that in our schools we will not have kids being taught how to worship Buddha, how to worship (Prophet) Mohammed. We will not have in the curriculum, witchcraft and sorcery," Muthee said.
There was no immediate reaction from the campaign of White House hopeful John McCain to the second Internet video to appear in recent weeks that gives an insight into Palin's devout religious beliefs.
Earlier this month, a video surfaced from a speech Palin had given in June to students at her former church in Alaska where she said United States forces in Iraq had been sent on a "task that is from God."
"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right," Palin said in the video.
"Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she said.
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