Patricia Nell Warren

YouTube Censors Exposé on Palin Churches

Filed By Patricia Nell Warren | September 22, 2008 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Politics
Tags: apocalypse, Bruce Wilson, Christian Coalition, Jerry Falwell, Sarah Palin's churches, YouTube censorship

Censorship is routine now, with stuff that voters need to see being sucked out of sight right and left. Citing "inappropriate content," YouTube has removed Bruce Wilson's revealing video about the uber-pentecostal movement that Sarah Palin's churches are part of. (Video after the jump)

YouTube, which lets us see everything from Iranian hangings to people squeezing blackheads, doesn't want you to see the 10-minute Wilson documentary of churchgoers working themselves into fits of "holy passion" as they talk about taking over Alaska and the U.S. for Jesus. The feeling of "fire" they get, that they believe is coming from God, will fuel them to take over authority all over the world.

It's important for voters to watch this Bruce Wilson video, as well as any others of that nature. More people need to listen carefully to what these people say about their aims for you and me, and for the world. They aren't keeping their aims a secret.

According to Talk to Action, Wilson's action group, YouTube has not responded to their question about what was "inappropriate" in the video -- after a stampede of over 160,000 people rushed to look at it.

Talk to Action is a blogging/activist group that was started by Wilson and others as an effort to inform Americans what the religious right is really up to. Talk to Action already had its impact on the Presidential campaign when it publicized pastor John Hagee's "God sent Hitler" sermon, compelling John McCain to reject Hagee's endorsement. Talk to Action says: "Judging from the churches Palin attends and from her public statements, we have to take very seriously the prospect of having a Vice President, a heartbeat away from the United States presidency, who holds such apocalyptic goals."

Another story that was just sucked away by the censorship vacuum cleaner was the one about African pastor Thomas Muthee, whom Palin credits with praying her to winning the governorship. Videos about Muthee and his ruthless witchcraft hunt in his native Kenya have swiftly disappeared from YouTube. Even Sarah Palin's church is nervous about the public looking at certain things now -- their website has evidently taken down a number of sermons given at the church by Muthee. European mainstream media have been quicker than U.S. major media to delve into this story.

A few days ago, I wrote about Sarah Palin as the latest figurehead for the extreme Protestant right. In fact, as I point out in my "Jerry Falwell With Lipstick" story, they have been open about their aims for over 30 years. But not enough people believed them then. Now here they are -- more numerous and stronger, with leverage at the polls... and still not enough Americans are taking them seriously.

As for "crusades" against witchcraft -- Wiccans won't be the only ones running for their lives if these folks take over. Catholics and Jews had better watch their backs. So far, the Christian Coalition and other Protestant-inspired groups have been making nice with Catholics and Jews, because they want other religions voting for their political causes. But all you have to do is read the hyper-conservatives' literature carefully, to realize that one of their big enemies is the "whore of Babylon," aka the Catholic Church, with its veneration of Mary, which super-conservative Protestants consider to be satanic goddess worship. That was the position in Luther's time, and the most conservative Protestants haven't changed their anti-Babylonism one bit. There is also a fierce anti-Semitic streak in dominionist groups. Soon enough, the velvet glove of "political ecumenism" will come off, and the time for making nice will be over.

Watching the emotional hysteria of Palin's fellow churchgoers, I'm reminded of the 14th century -- another time of widespread war and social disintegration and apocalyptic religious movements that worked themselves into a frenzy that same way. I harp on history a lot in my blog entries. But we just have to start looking at "the lessons of history"... the way these cycles of horror and oppression repeat themselves. Anybody who wants to know more can go to Amazon and find a copy of Barbara Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror." It's not a YouTube video, but it's vividly written and will really take you centuries back to a time that feels suspiciously, horribly, like our own.

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So, if YouTube takes these videos down, can we come up with an alternate distribution system? We need to keep opening holes as the powers that be close other holes.

The video is already into an alternative distribution system. It's available at the Huffington Post, Talk to Action, and other sites as well. You can follow the links in my article.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | September 23, 2008 12:03 AM

I guess it is time to visit Huff Post! I certainly hope they are casting out demons...I love that stuff! Thank you for the illumination.

Okay, I just have to point out...

The video is at the bottom of the post. There's no need to go to Huffington Post or anywhere - just read the post!

I sent links to your post to several people and put it on Digg, Reddit and other social networking sites, Patricia. I'm doing my best to get the video some exposure.

Bil -- I suggested going to the Huffington Post because of the backgrounder information that accompanies the video there. The video is also posted at Talk to Action, where there is further background. I thought that people would want to read the background. Right after my piece was posted, Alex suggested that we put the video directly into the post, and I agreed.

Yes, the video's right here in the post. I put it up here after contacting Patricia because people are more likely to watch a video that's on the same page as a post than to follow a link to watch it. But the background information is still a good reason to check out the Huffington Post.

Even though the video's up on Vimeo, it's still wrong that YouTube took it down. Of all the other video sharing services out there, YouTube is by far the most established. It has a gargantuan audience of millions, many of whom surf that site to find whatever video pops up. There are people who comment there, who vlog there, and lots of other websites (like Bilerico's You Gotta See This feature) are set up for YouTube videos and not other formats.

That means that the video will be seen by far fewer people, especially the people who should be watching it: the politically less-informed. Sure, we post this video here, DailyKos might put it up, it's on the HuffPo, and a bunch of other lefty blogs put it up. That won't convince as many other people as putting it up on YouTube would, since their audience is diverse and generally doesn't follow these issues closely.

Thanks to Bil and Alex and anybody else who tried to get the word out about this video. It is a real shocker. It reveals the strident, feverish, dogmatic attitude driving the Third Wave church people who support Sarah Palin -- the ones who are trying to put her in office. Most important it reveals how American youth are being co-opted by this movement. Alex is right -- YouTube did a really irresponsible thing to take it down.

There hasn't been much mention of this subject in the mainstream media. On MSNBC Keith O. did interview a talking head in Alaska, who was kinda walking on eggs and didn't want to look TOO critical of the Third Wave movement, but told him that there hadn't even been much airing of the Bishop Muthee witch-hunt scandal in Alaska, let alone critical discussion of the Third Wave church movement. But Keith's interview has been the only one I've seen.

The European media have been paying more attention, of course, because they're more savvy about the threat of "state religion"...which is where this whole thing is heading, if American voters don't get their eyes open and put a stop to it.