Karen Ocamb

Is Hawaii About to Be Run by the Antigay Religious Right?

Filed By Karen Ocamb | April 25, 2010 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: anti-gay, Bruce Wilson, Ed Silvoso, International Transformation Network, LGBT rights, Lou Engles

Hawaii Ed Silvosois a popular state with many LGBTs - but if the Religious Right has their way - and it looks like they might, that beautiful paradise may start turning antigay. Sound unbelievable? Well, please read Bruce Wilson's important report providing evidence that the same Religious Right underground movement that has staked out Uganda has also staked out Hawaii.

Wilson has been writing about this shadowy Christian Right movement call the International Transformation Network and its leader Ed Silvoso (pictured) for quite some time now on the Talk to Action website. While ITN sounds too out there to be taken serious, be advised that Wilson was one of the first to warn about the significance of The Call's ranting Lou Engles who threw that huge antigay pro-Prop 8 rally in San Diego. In a recent post, Wilson wrote that Prop 8 was the proving ground for what he calls the New "Rainbow" Right.

Engles is now headed for Uganda and Jim Burroway from Box Turtle Bulletin reports that Ugandans LGBTs are denouncing The Call and asking for help.

But back to Hawaii - here's what ITN head Ed Silvoso says:

It doesn't matter if the Republican or the Democratic candidate wins the governorship [of Hawaii]. Either one is already in the kingdom.

Please find Bruce Wilson's compelling report below the fold.

In Uganda and the Philippines Ed Silvoso meets with heads of state. His ministry is linked to the so-called "Kill the gays" bill looming before Uganda's parliament that threatens to execute or imprison Uganda's entire homosexual population.

In the first video shown below [see full story], Ed Silvoso suggests his movement owns both the Democratic and the Republican candidate for Hawaii governor in the 2010 race. Silvoso appears to be referring to Duke Aiona and Mufi Hannemann and he's so confident Silvoso is already planning the victory celebration, on November 9-13, 2010. [I cover activities of Silvoso's Hawaii organization in my 20-page report "Transforming Hawaii", part 1 & part 2]

In the second video, below, Ed Silvoso likens opponents of his movement to rats that will be exterminated when necessary. The following video shows Silvoso blessing and anointing Duke Aiona, in a November 7, 2009 ceremony.

In 2004 Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona, dedicated Hawaii and its public schools to Jesus.
Aiona is the ITN's main horse in the Hawaii 2010 gubernatorial race but If Aiona doesn't win there's a backup plan.

"It doesn't matter if the Republican or the Democratic candidate wins the governorship [of Hawaii]. Either one is already in the kingdom," declared International Transformation Network Founder and CEO Ed Silvoso at the March 4-6 Convergence 2010 conference in Dallas, as Silvoso was announcing the ITN's upcoming 20th Institute On Nation Transformation conference, scheduled to be held November 9-14, 2010 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village near Honolulu.

The Silvoso electoral strategy

What is Silvoso talking about ? Well, the Hawaii chapter of his International Transformation Network has put together a sizable church-based voter turnout machine in the Aloha State, and that machine will vote for Aiona in the general election.

Now, Former Democratic Congressman Neil Abercrombie has declared he's running for the governor's seat but Honolulu's Mayor Mufi Hannemann, also a Democrat, is expected to declare and challenge Abercrombie. Hannemann has raised more money than either of the three and is popular.

Because Hawaii has open primaries, Silvoso's voter turnout machine can throw its weight behind Hannemann in the Democratic primary.

Silvoso appears to think it's all sewn up.

Mufi Hannemann and the International Transformation Network

While my Hawaii sources suggest it's unlikely that Mufi Hannemann is the true believer Duke Aiona seems to be the Honolulu Mayor, a Mormon, is at least along for the ride.

Hannemann attended the International Transformation Network's first big Hawaii conference according to Richard Borreca of the Honolulu Star Bulletin and on 9:00 AM on January 21, 2008 Duke Aiona and Mufi Hannemann shared a stage at the opening ceremonies for a Transformation Hawaii / International Transformation Network "Catch the Wave" two-day conference at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Lt. Governor Aiona and Mayor Hannemann could also be found together at a January 18, 2010 Honolulu rally against same sex marriage that was organized by the Hawaii Family Forum.

The Hawaii Family Forum was founded by International Transformation Network Chairman Francis Oda, who also chairs the board of the Hawaii Family Forum. Ed Silvoso is ITN's CEO.

In several Internet notices advertising International Transformation conferences, one under Ed Silvoso's name, International Transformation Network Council Member Cal Chinen is described as "shepherding" Lt. Governor Aiona, Honolulu's mayor Mufi Hannemann, and several members of the Hawaiian Congress.

The Coronation

At the ITN's 19th world conference, on November 7, 2009 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hawaii's current Republican Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona, running in 2010 to be Hawaii's next governor, repeatedly jabbed his finger at the podium, for emphasis, as he told conference attendees,

We're one body of Christ, we're one church and we're all here to disciple the nations, here in Hawaii and everywhere else, and I want you all to know that... May God's grace be with the participants of the International Transformation Network Global conference. Aloha, from myself, Lt. Governor Duke Aiona to all of you but in particular to pastor Ed [Silvoso.]

Introducing Duke Aiona's speech, at the 2009 International Transformation Network conference, ITN Chairman, Transformation Hawaii cofounder, and noted Hawaii architect Francis Oda declared, "God is transforming Hawaii... we are the tip of his spear."

After Aiona's speech Francis Oda, his wife Caroline, and Transformation Hawaii cofounder and ITN Council member Cal Chinen, laid hands on Duke Aiona while Ed Silvoso pronounced, "We are breaking every weapon of the enemy, we are canceling every curse... we are declaring there is an even greater future for the Lt. Governor and his wife."

Then Silvoso called upon God to bless Lt. Governor Aiona while the audience of over 500 delegates from six continents, arms upraised, hands outstretched, swaying back and forth, echoed, in unison, Ed Silvoso's words.

That blessing and anointing ceremony was remarkably similar to ceremonies held in 2005 and 2008 that blessed and anointed former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. For good reason - Sarah Palin and Duke Aiona are in the same movement.

"Rats"

As shown in the video below, from ITN's 18th world conference held October 2008 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Ed Silvoso likened opponents of his movement to rats that would be killed when necessary. Standing beside Silvoso at the time was Cal Chinen, one of the leaders of "Transformation Hawaii," ITN's Hawaii chapter. Duke Aiona was listed in 2008 as being honorary chairman of Transformation Hawaii. Following Silvoso's "rats" speech, Hawaii public school principal Susan Mulcahy compared parents, who had complained about Mulcahy's efforts to insert her version of Christianity into her school, to "rats." Mulcahy is one of the listed leaders of Transformation Hawaii.

Duke Aiona has been associated with Ed Silvoso's movement for years. He has been an honorary ITN leader, he's attended numerous ITN conferences including one in Argentina, he's contributed a chapter to one of the movement's books, and he even has appeared in several promotional videos for Transformation Hawaii and the ITN.

Aiona was listed from 2005 through 2008 as honorary chairman of Transformation Hawaii, a registered 5012(c)(3) which in 2007 officially became an ITN chapter - making Aiona, in effect, an honorary leader in the ITN. As the ad and Transformation Hawaii video documentary footage, below, details, Transformation Hawaii is based on Ed Silvoso's ideas.
[below: On December 8, 2004, Lt. Governor Duke Aiona officially dedicated Hawaii, and its schools, to Jesus.]

In October 2006 Lt Governor Aiona took time off from his reelection campaign and flew to Argentina for a week long International Transformation Network conference.

Video from the conference shows Aiona holding hands and praying together with the First Lady of Uganda Janet Museveni and exclaiming, "It's taken me 9,000 miles, approximately, away from home to understand what is happening in Uganda, what is happening in Argentina."
[below: Duke Aiona prays with Uganda's First Lady Janet Museveni]

Inside the US, the International Transformation Network is not overtly eliminationist. But ITN faculty members have endorsed the work of church-based, government-backed death squads in Latin America and, in Africa, the ITN is associated with pending legislation apparently aimed at eliminating or imprisoning an entire segment of Ugandan society.

Silvoso claims his ITN is indoctrinating the entire national police force of the Philippines (over 100,000 officers), by official order of the head of that police force. Officers unwilling to undergo that indoctrination will be fired. Reports from Philippine police departments corroborate that claim.

Silvoso's International Transformation Network has a major effort ongoing in Newark, New Jersey, founded in early 2008 by Lloyd Turner. The effort claims to have one volunteer to "prayer walk" and pray over almost every single street of Newark. PrayforNewark's volunteers are organized by city ward, like a political campaign.

From Singapore to Jacksonville, Florida Ed Silvoso can be found telling the same vicious antigay anecdote in megachurches. Ed Silvoso teaches that gays are possessed by demons. In C. Peter Wagner's movement that position is doctrine. Ed Silvoso is one of Wagner's apostles. Another Wagner apostle, Cindy Jacobs, specializes in casting those gay demons out.

Wagner, Silvoso, and Jacobs could be found together at the March 4-6 2010 Convergence conference in Dallas, Texas. Footage from the conference was recently aired on the Rachel Maddow Show. The footage was of Cindy Jacobs conducting a faith healing session at the conference. In the session Jacobs claims she's healing tumors and breaking "generation curses" of "witchcraft," "lust," and "idolatry."

The day after Maddow aired the Cindy Jacobs footage, above, Maddow explained on her show that she wouldn't be showing any more footage of Jacobs because too many of her listeners called in to complain. They found Cindy Jacobs too disturbing.

And that's where we're at.

"Prayercast" against health care reform

On December 7, 2009, TheCall founder Lou Engle led the Family Research Council's "Prayercast" against health care reform. Attending the event, being led in prayer by Engle, were US GOP Senators Sam Brownback and Jim DeMint, and Republican Congressional Representatives Michelle Bachmann and Randy Forbes.

Lou Engle says 'the "most dangerous" terrorist is God" and has called for acts of Christian martyrdom to stop gay marriage and legal abortion. Engle teaches that homosexuals are possessed by demons. Engle is a prophet in C. Peter Wagner's elite Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders.

Fellow Wagner prophet Bishop Harry Jackson also attended the Prayercast event. Jackson also serves on Peter Wagner's Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, which issues group prophecy.

Also attending the Prayercast was Rev. Jim Garlow, who played a major role in the 2008 fight to pass the antigay Proposition Eight in California. Cindy Jacobs introduced Garlow's speech at the 2010 Convergence conference.

Calling in to the Prayercast was Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that purports to represent ten million Hispanic evangelicals and five million charismatic Catholics.

According to Wagner prophet Lou Engle, latinos are the centerpiece of a strategy to turn California "pro-life." as Lou Engle said in October 2008,

We believe that the Latinos are going to be a mighty force to turn America back to God. I am burning with a passion for the Latinos. Cindy Jacobs prophesied that California will be a pro-life state. The only way that will happen is MILLIONS of Latinos begin to understand that they can literally turn elections!

On May 1st or 2nd (the date's been changing) Lou Engle plans to stage one of his antigay, sexual purity-obsessed prayer rallies in Kampala, Uganda - where the eliminationist Anti Homosexuality Bill looms.

In the video below, from one of Lou Engle's events held in 2007, Engle claims gay are possessed by demons and calls San Francisco's Castro District "where the homosexuals boast the dominion of darkness."

In the United States those positions are becoming harder to sell. But in Uganda Engle's particular form of hate speech is on the rise and, this May in Uganda, Lou Engle may just help to get a lot of innocent people killed.

The Movement

Ed Silvoso is an apostle in C. Peter Wagner's International Coalition of Apostles. ICA apostles, and members of Wagner's Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (ACPE), are in the forefront of antigay organizing globally. As reported in an early 2009 Charisma Magazine story, ACPE member and ICA apostle Mary Glazier is a good friend of Sarah Palin. Palin joined Glazier's personal prayer network at the age of 24. Palin is closely linked to the movement and as governor of Alaska Palin, like Duke Aiona, also dedicated her state to Jesus.

Peter Wagner's networks are the vanguard of a global movement within evangelical Christianity that attributes homosexuality to demon possession. in 2001 Wagner declared the advent of a second Reformation. Here's Wagner's highly lucid explanation of the movement.

Wagner's prophet Lou Engle, and Engle's organization TheCall, played a major role in the 2008 push to pass California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8. In the summer of 2009 Engle blessed and anointed Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. Lou Engle will stage one of his anti-gay, sexual purity obsessed TheCall rallies in Uganda's capital Kampala on May 1st, 2010.

[You can read more about the movement described in this story at the following Talk To Action web site section: Resource Directory for the New Apostolic Reformation. Also see: Heads Up: Prayer Warriors and Sarah Palin Are Organizing Spiritual Warfare to Take Over America]

This was originally posted on LGBT POV.


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This is really disturbing. I find it hard to believe that people like this could get real power through a governorship. Is there anything we can do to stop these people from being elected?

Jeffy,

You could help a great deal by just promoting this story on the Net. Few people in Hawaii know about this aspect of Duke Aiona and Mufi Hannemann.

Best,
BruceW

Scary but good information. I would think the dedication of a state to any religious figure would run smack dab afoul the establishment clause. The federal constitution trumps state constitutions, so why isn't anyone talking about this.

Religious bigotry is bigotry no matter who they are for or against.

This is frightening.

Jorge Anderson,PhD. | April 26, 2010 8:36 AM

This is frightening but I am here to say do not be afraid we can stop this by saying no! If we do not unite and make clear to the state of Hawaii that you cannot discriminate against people. No state shall form a state religion is mandated by the US Constitution. And here we have a Hawaiian Politician declaring that its a Christian state? This is wrong and shows how the message of Christ has been perverted to condone hate. I suggest we flood his office with letters and phone calls telling him to stop supporting hate that is being exported to Uganda where our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters are being tortured. Now this man want to bring his brand of hate to our shores. Well not on my watch. So please stand with me in stopping this man spread hate and intolerance under the guise of Christianity. Jesus said "I require mercy not sacrifice" I see no Mercy in what this man is doing just another way of spreading hate and intolerance.

Let's be honest about something: What Ed Silvoso, Lou Engle, Mike Huckabee and these other crazies are advocating isn't an example of the "message of Christ [being] perverted to condone hate" -- it's wholly consistent with the history of the Christian religion.

Remember that it wasn't too long ago that our sex lives were derided as "crimes against nature" and were punishable by death, even in this country. Christianity has been a viciously, violently anti-gay religion throughout its history, and regardless of what some Bible verse tells you, it will continue to be a viciously and violently anti-gay religion for the foreseeable future. Churches that welcome non-celibate gays are a fairly new and rare phenomenon; the vast majority of Christians around the world continue to be homophobic.

I'm frankly at a loss as to why any gay person would want to be a Christian. It must be so tiring to constantly have to defend yourself to fellow faithful who wish only the worst for you yet are so deluded that they call their ill will "love." Though I'm atheist, I acknowledge and respect that some people need faith in their lives, but there are far better religions out there for gay people than Christianity.

Bruce Wilson has done a great job of researching and writing about this and bringing this to everyone's attention. Thanks also to Karen Ocamb and Bilerico for posting this.

Everyone should try to watch all the videos.

Right now, Mufi Hannemann, the Mayor of Honolulu,has not even announced to run for governor. But he is expected to do so.

There is another Democratic Party candidate for governor, former U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie, who has announced and is an official candidate now. He will be able to give Mufi a run for his money.

Mufi Hannemann is a Mormon and is a strong opponent of Civil Unions. Supposedly he has not stated his position on freedom of choice, but I would expect him to be against freedom of choice. These two positions are not Hawaii Democratic Party positions.

Neil Abercrombie supports Civil Unions and freedom of choice for women.

Hawaii has a record of electing Democratic Party candidates to office, so it is actually an uphill run for Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona.

There are also tea baggers in Hawaii, and they will be pushing for Duke Aiona, first and Mufi Hannemann, second.

I'm really hoping for a Neil Abercrombie victory in the Democratic Party primary.

Bruce Wilson has done a great job of researching and writing about this and bringing this to everyone's attention. Thanks also to Karen Ocamb and Bilerico for posting this.

Everyone should try to watch all the videos.

Right now, Mufi Hannemann, the Mayor of Honolulu,has not even announced to run for governor. But he is expected to do so.

There is another Democratic Party candidate for governor, former U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie, who has announced and is an official candidate now. He will be able to give Mufi a run for his money.

Mufi Hannemann is a Mormon and is a strong opponent of Civil Unions. Supposedly he has not stated his position on freedom of choice, but I would expect him to be against freedom of choice. These two positions are not Hawaii Democratic Party positions.

Neil Abercrombie supports Civil Unions and freedom of choice for women.

Hawaii has a record of electing Democratic Party candidates to office, so it is actually an uphill run for Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona.

There are also tea baggers in Hawaii, and they will be pushing for Duke Aiona, first and Mufi Hannemann, second.

I'm really hoping for a Neil Abercrombie victory in the Democratic Party primary.

The entire premise for this story is just plain silly. The "sky is not falling." Religion is weakening - quickly.

Read yesterday's front page story in USA Today about the future of religion in America. Only 15% of young people (18-29) consider themselves "serious Christians." The end in near for fanatical religion and young people know it.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-04-27-1Amillfaith27_ST_N.htm

This story has nothing to do with relative levels of religious adherence in America. The story demonstrates that the evangelical right in Hawaii may well be able to take the governor's seat.

Meanwhile, the survey featured in the USA Today story you cite was carried out by an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention which, as moderate Baptist leader Bruce Prescott notes, has ties to the Christian Reconstructionist movement:

"Those who still doubt there are links between Southern Baptists and theocratic Christian Reconstructionists should look inside the front cover of the December 2004 issue of the Chalcedon Report. There the chief publishing house for Reconstructionist thought, Chalcedon, announces that it has published Bruce Shortt's book, The Harsh Truth About Public Schools. Bruce Shortt, along with T.C. Pinckney, leads the movement against public schools within the Southern Baptist Convention."

http://www.talk2action.org/story/2007/3/23/93721/1715

So, an entity of a heavily politicized, right wing denomination says Christianity is waning - should we trust the objectivity of the report in question ?

And there is a structural problem with the report - in what's become the dominant tendency in (politicized) American evangelicalism "being religious" has become stigmatized. The new doctrine is that believers should be "spiritual" rather than "religious." The report cited in USA Today notes that 3/4 of young adults view themselves as being "spiritual" rather than "religious."

Furthermore, regardless of the relative numerical strength of the right wing evangelical movement its influence in American politics only seems to be increasing.

In the 2008 presidential election both candidates went out of their way to flaunt their identities as Christians. Ed Silvoso, in a recent talk, cited that as an example of the progress of his movement.

If you don't think religion is disappearing and you are paranoid about an article in USA Today, talk to some young people. They'll enlighten you.

If you folks think this is frightening, then you haven't been looking at our Congress or at our SCOTUS and POTUS lately. Congress is full of these kinds of people from all our states, the SCOTUS is packed with Catholics, and POTUS proclaims "God is in the mix". WAKE UP. This country is run by these delusional religious types.

Stanley Smith-Hanes | May 2, 2010 12:49 AM

The problem is the terms "Christian" and "Christianity". For one to be a true "Christian", one must follow the teachings on Christ, not the teachings of the many people whom claim to be christian leading our churches. Christianity was actually a spiritual entity not a religious entity. Christ didn't claim to be starting a new religion, just to help people live a better life. His teachings have been bastardized through the centuries as a way to subdue and control the people. If you can create enough fear by using religion, you can control nearly anyone. If you can keep people from thinking on their own, you can convince them of anything. If you look at what Christ really tried to tell and show us, you could see why people would want to follow Him. That would take away the power of the establishment wether, religious or political.

Jon Botticelli | July 9, 2010 11:56 PM

Thanks to everyone for sharing this information. I will pass it on to EVERYONE I know. Mufi has always "seemed" like a great guy, but once the fact that he is a Mormon is thrown into the mix, an entirely different picture comes into focus.

We in Hawai'i need to get the message out that the man many of us wanted to support as a wonderful change from our current closeted governor will actually be as bad, or worse, than Linda Lingle.

Neil Abercrombie supports...UNITE!!!!!