Washington State Republicans called Yelm spiritual leader JZ Knight “an intolerant bigot” Tuesday, after video of her surfaced online making a variety of insensitive remarks about Catholics, Jews and homosexuals.
Knight, who claimes she channels the 35,000-year-old Ramtha at her School of Enlightenment, has stepped into politics this campaign season after donating $50,000 to the Democratic party and $8,100 to other candidates.
Wilbur called on Democrats to return the money, which does not appear likely. A state Democratic spokesperson said the party does not support comments in the video, but calls the Republican charges “ironic” given the party’s platform on gay and lesbian issues.
A spokesperson for the Ramtha School of Enlightenment also released a statement which 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.”
News report video from KGW:
I’ll admit, it’s confusing me too. But I can say that about everything from JZ Knight. Frankly, after seeing the above video and knowing what is known about her business, I’d return the money if I were you.
Want an eye-opening look into the cult of Ramtha? Check out this episode of Consequence.
Consequence (Podcast of the James Randi Educational Foundation)
Channeler J.Z. Knight claims to be a conduit for the spirit of an ancient warrior named Ramtha. Her followers flock to Washington state to attend Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, where they can receive Ramtha’s wisdom and convene with with their fellow believers. But our guest David McCarthy says Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment is a cult. He left his family in New Zealand to join the school, and what he found there left him convinced that J.Z. Knight isn’t what she’s cracked up to be.
Tip: Todd Stonewall