Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, October 25th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 27 Comments
In the State of Washington, a prominent local spiritual leader who is also a generous donor to political parties, candidates and causes has created a firestorm of controversy because of some recent bigoted remarks. What, did some rich Christian fundie call homosexual activity a sin or something?
Not so much, no:
Democrats on the bottom of the ticket in Washington state all the way to the very top are caught in a pickle. Stand against religious bigotry or give back some $60,000 in state campaign cash contributed by world-famous spiritual channeler JZ Knight after videos showing Knight preaching hatred of Catholics became public.
In a story that may become a national news story as soon as tomorrow morning, Knight is seen and heard on video to let loose a profanity-strewn rant against Catholics and has been a frequent and generous contributor to Democrats here in Washington and at the national level. Knight’s contributions to Democrat at all levels total more than $120,000 for the current election cycle.
Come to find out that this freakshow gives a boatload of jack to the Democratic Party.
Complicating matters for Democrats is the fact that the Yelm, Wash.-based cult leader has given generously to the Washington State Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee, Pres. Barack Obama and Democratic candidates for state and local office.
According to Federal Election Commission records, Knight personally gave a total of $60,800 to the Democratic National Committee in the 2012 election cycle, gave $5,800 to the Obama Victory Fund and has maxed out on individual donations ($5,000) to Pres. Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
State Public Disclosure Commission records also show that Knight also gave $66,300 to Democrats in Washington state. A total of $60,000 was received by State Democrats, $1,800 by 2nd legislative district state Senate candidate Bruce Lachney, $1,800 by Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, $1,800 by State Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens, and $900 by the political action committee operated on behalf of Democrats in the state Senate.
Lachney and Romero also each received $1,800 from the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, Knight’s spiritual organization.
What did Knight say anyway? You have to remember that Knight claims to be channelling someone named Ramtha who’s 35,000 years old and apparently doesn’t like Catholics, Jews or gays for some reason.
The video evidence of Knight’s tirades are difficult to watch.
“F— you, you Catholics!” Knight bellows over cheers from her audience.
“We will come on you in a terror,” Knight growls in another cut. “We will bring… St. Peter’s temple down and we will swallow it in the sea.” (“St. Peter’s temple” is a reference to the Catholic church itself.)
The entirety of hateful language used by Knight defied redaction to meet our standards for publication. For the full context, you will have to brace yourself and view the videos. We warn you use discretion when viewing these where the general public and especially small children may be present. It’s very rough stuff.
Some of Knight’s remarks in the videos also use graphic descriptions of homosexual acts to disparage and threaten Catholics; others smack of anti-Semitism.
The videos are at the link. I’ve got a hundy that says Knight was baptized Catholic but abandoned Christianity because she thought it was ridiculous. Rob Wynne, one of this whack job’s publicity flacks, puked up some spin that was so lame that it was positively Zion National Park beautiful.
About the video, Wynne said: “The quotes were taken out of context and not meant to disparage Catholics. The comments were meant to draw attention to the abuses and subsequent cover-ups of the Catholic Church and not intended to criticize any individuals of any persuasion. JZ Knight has always supported the rights of the LGBT community including marriage equality and legal benefits.”
Blogging tip: it takes practice but if you ever want to publish a blog of your own, you have to know when to hold them and know when to fold them, as the song goes. Sometimes snark is necessary and sometimes statements should be left alone.
Washington State Democrats are horrified by these statements, mind you, just horrified, but they’re keeping Knight’s scratch anyway.
Democratic Party spokesman Benton Strong distanced the party from Knight’s comments, but said Democrats would not give back the money.
“We obviously don’t condone the kind of divisive language that is seen here.
Know what else grinds Washington Democratic gears? Washington Republicans making an issue about how many simoleons this bigoted nutcase gives to Democrats.
The other thing that we don’t condone is the kind of divisive policy positions taken by the WSRP (Republican Party) – their discriminatory policies against marriage equality, which is the same position taken by Rob McKenna, their candidate for governor,” Strong said.
“We think it is unfortunate that Kirby would resort to these kinds of attacks instead of talking about the issues facing our candidates and the voters,’’ Strong added.
As long as I’ve been doing whatever this is, there have been more times than I can count when this stuff literally writes itself.