Friday, November 8, 2019

Wizardry for Trump

According to this article from Newsweek, Donald Trump's court wizard Paula White has launched a new magical initiative to protect the president from his enemies, who "operate in sorcery and witchcraft." Sure, White calls herself a "spiritual advisor" and describes her spells as "prayers," but those of us who practice the spiritual arts know that prayers and spells are the exact same thing. We magicians just do in a more disciplined and structured manner.

Alongside fellow Christian leaders Cindy Jacobs, Dave Kabul and Dutch Sheets, White has launched the One Voice Prayer Movement, starting the initiative on Tuesday with a prayer for Trump. "Lord, we ask you to deliver our president from any snare, any setup of the enemy, according to Ephesians 6:12. Any persons [or] entities that are aligned against the president will be exposed and dealt with and overturned by the superior blood of Jesus," she said during her prayer in a conference call with other Christian leaders.

"Whether it's the spirit of Leviathan, a spirit of Jezebel, Abaddon, whether it's the spirit of Belial, we come against the strongmen, especially Jezebel, that which would operate in sorcery and witchcraft, that which would operate in hidden things, veiled things, that which would operate in deception," she continued. "We come against it according to your word."

White's prayer continued by saying that anyone who stands against Trump "would be exposed and dealt with and overturned in Jesus' name." She said that believers know that Trump and his Christian supporters "do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this age, hosts of wickedness in heavenly places." White went on: "Stretch out your arm and deliver President Trump and rid him of any bondage the enemy would try to bring against him."

Now I don't necessarily post this to mock Trump - for once. I would never be in his situation myself, but if I were I would want all the magical help I could get. What I am going to mock, though, is the idea that anyone opposing Trump "operates in sorcery and witchcraft." Sure, some of us do - like me. But disliking Trump is easy, while learning magick is hard. The former doesn't automatically turn you into a wizard.

Evangelical Christians have never really gotten it through their head just how fringe magical practitioners are. We're not even talking one percent of the population. And that's total magical practitioners, not the smaller subset of those who can cast effective spells. Evangelical Christians, on the other hand are about twenty percent of the population. They outnumber total magical practitioners by at least twenty to one.

So basically any evangelical Christian who tells you the whole world is embroiled in a gigantic occult conspiracy against them is either engaging in nonsensical propaganda or is flat-out nuts. The whole occult resistance to their "spiritual warfare" just consists of a handful of us, and it's a good thing that their spells (that is, their prayers) don't employ any structured magical techniques. That would make them more dangerous than they already are.

And if you're sitting here insisting that Paula White is not a wizard, here's some food for thought. White is a Prosperity Gospel preacher - that is, she teaches that it's all fine and good to pray for the same stuff that sorcerers cast spells for - who is considered extreme even by other Prosperity Gospel preachers. That is, she really doubles down on the whole "pray for stuff" mentality. If that's not sorcery, I don't know what is.

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