After former President Donald Trump called her a “very bad Senator,” Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has picked up a primary challenger in far right-wing Christian Kelly Tshibaka, who not only currently serves as the state commissioner of administration, she also claims to speak in tongues to help cope with her “high-powered brain.”
Tshibaka launched her primary challenge with the backing of some key allies of Trump, whose claims of a rigged and stolen election she supported, and the Alaskan Republican party censured Murkowski for her vote to impeach Trump, among other votes that they don’t think align with their values.
The Alaska Landmine reports that Tshibaka served in the federal government for several years and ran a Pentecostal church in a D.C. suburb in Virginia.
Tshibaka once explained her relationship with God to her congregation like this:
“That’s when I realized God loves it when I try to talk in my spirit language. He thinks it’s so cute that the only person in the world who can understand me is Him, and it gave me the freedom to just start — to just start sounding like an 18-month-old, because in my spirit, I probably was just 18 months old, and then what happened is, over time, I’d start to notice sentences or phrases, or, if you listen to it now, if you were to record it, you could tell there’s a syntax and there’s grammar, and I can tell with my brain that it’s a real language.”
The Pentecostal church is known for speaking in tongues, which Tshibaka told her church helped calm her overactive thoughts:
“When I’m praying in tongues, my brain oftentimes is active. That’s just because I’ve got this high-powered brain that never stops and drives me crazy, and so what I’ll often do is I will send it on another assignment.”
This is hardly the first time recently that religious leaders have said outlandish things.
This week, Christian Pastor Mario Murillo claimed that President Joe Biden was surrounded by a “demonic hedge of protection.” He then urged his fellow Christians to pray for a “powerful move of God” to bring it down.
Murillo made the comments during an interview with the Christian TV program “Flash Point.” Murillo is the head of Mario Murillo Ministries, which is based in Reno, Nevada. He has repeatedly criticized Biden and his fellow Democrats. In the past, Murillo has suggested that Donald Trump is still the legitimate president, not Biden.
“War has been declared on your faith,” Murillo stated during the interview. He also discussed his opposition to LGBTQ riots. He has repeatedly attacked the transgender community.
Murillo stated that “this is not a gentle moment, this is not a courteous moment, this is a declaration of war.”
He continued with, “there is a demonic hedge of protection around Joe Biden. That’s why he can say and do the most insane things with no backlash,” Murillo said. He then told viewers that they should “pray,” said God had changed the way he prayed for America. “He helped me to understand how to pray,” he added.
“Tear it down. So, that the nation will wake up from this spell and not only understand that they were ripped off from their votes, that they’re now going to have their children taken from them, their rights,” he continued. “They’re gonna have womanhood itself erased. And somehow the scales will fall off the eyes of pastors and a powerful move of God can begin if we will declare that those strongholds of demonic power will come down in the name of Christ.”
On Sunday, in his blog, Murillo made the exact same claims. “The Holy Spirit let me see the demonic hedge of protection around Biden and the leftist agenda. This hedge is what is blinding millions. It is dulling the natural sense of danger and outrage that America should be feeling right now,” he wrote.
White evangelicals have played a major role in Donald Trump’s base. In both 2016 and 2020 polls showed that eight in ten white evangelicals voted for Trump. The conservative religious community votes mostly Republican because of its opposition to LGBTQ rights, as well as women’s reproductive rights.
Several Christian pastors have also publicly promoted conspiracy theories and pushed Trump’s “big lie” about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Those evangelicals still believe Trump despite the fact that dozens of lawsuits in key states where Trump claimed voter fraud failed and his own Justice Department stated it found no evidence of any type of voter fraud. The DOJ actually called the 2020 election the “most secure in American history.”
The agency also said there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
Even then-Attorney General William Barr, who was a close ally of Trump’s, stated that there was no evidence of any type of voter fraud.