Tshibaka’s campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Though much of her social media profiles were scrubbed before she announced her candidacy
, screenshots and post found by CNN’s KFile reveal that she spread baseless conspiracies about the
2020 elezione, alleging widespread voter fraud in key states
, which has been disproven
“Texas is suing
4 Swing States for unlawfully enacting last-minute changes to their election laws due to COVID
, thereby skewing the results of the
2020 Elezioni generali. If TX prevails
2020 election results can also be revisited
: the AK Supreme Court changed election rules for absentee ballots after our voting had already begun
,” lei scrisse in one screenshot, posted to Twitter by a user critical of her message.
“Imagine what this could mean for Proposition 2 (where absentee ballots tipped votes in favor of the jungle primary) and for certain State Legislature races? Alaska can throw out all absentee ballots without a signature witness, per esempio,” ha continuato.
E in an op-ed
, Tshibaka called for
“credible allegations of fraud
, soppressione degli elettori, and voting irregularities
” to be thoroughly investigated and resolved before a winner was declared
, even though President Joe Biden was projected as the winner days earlier
Tshibaka urged gay people to ‘come out of homosexuality’ and wrote in support of an ‘ex-gay’ organization that promoted ‘conversion therapy’
Prior to launching her campaign, Tshibaka worked as a lawyer for the federal government in Washington, DC, for approximately 17 years in the offices of the inspector general for the US Postal Service, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice.
She most recently served as the Alaska Department of Administration commissioner for two years but has since resigned to run for Senate.
While attending Harvard Law School in
2001, Tshibaka served on the staff of the Harvard Law Record
, an independent student newspaper
. She wrote several opinion pieces for the paper
, including one in which she wrote that
, as a conservative, she believes
“there is no wall of separation between church and state
” e another in which she argued for “retribution”
a seguire 9/11.
But her most controversial story that sparked backlash on campus came from an October
11, 2001, article entitled “The Right Side: Coming out of Homosexuality” under her maiden name
, Kelly Hartline
“Today is National Coming Out of Homosexuality Day, a day dedicated to helping homosexuals overcome their sexual tendencies and move towards a healthy lifestyle. Compassionate people nationwide recognize this day, rather than the more publicized ‘National Coming Out Day,’ because they want people to live and enjoy their lives to the fullest,” lei scrisse.
Tshibaka urged gay people to “not be controlled by the ‘once-gay-always-gay-rhetoric’ used to advance political agendas” and said that gay people can instead “come out of homosexuality” with the help of Jesus Christ.
She repeatedly cited the work of Exodus International, a Christian nonprofit “ex gay” organization that maintained gay men and lesbians could change their sexual orientation through prayer and psychotherapy, an idea that has been debunked and discredited by major medical associations in the US.
In one passage, she included their bogus claim that “the most common cause of homosexuality is sexual molestation during childhood.” In un altro, she supported Exodus’ recommendations that gay people participate in “pastoral counseling, accountability groups, personal prayer and Bible studies.
Exodus International later renounced “conversion therapy”
nel 2012 and its leader apologized for the pain caused by their programs
. L'organizzazione dissolved in 2013 after its leaders concluded they could not change a person’s sexual orientation through psychotherapy
After the article received backlash on Harvard’s campus
, Tshibaka apologized to readers
“As to those I have offended, please accept my sincerest apologies. I did not intend to offend you, but simply discuss an alternative perspective,” lei scrisse.
Tshibaka wrote blog posts calling the ‘Twilight’ series ‘evil’ and witchcraft ‘addictive’
While Tshibaka and her husband, Niki Tshibaka — both of whom are pastors — lived in the suburbs of Washington, DC, they co-founded an evangelical Foursquare church in Virginia. The Foursquare church is part of the Pentecostal Christian movement founded by Aimee Semple McPherson in the 1920s.
Pentecostalism is among the fastest growing religious movements in the world
, according to the Pew Research Center
, and its faith emphasizes the direct experience of the presence of God by the believer
, which is often revealed to the believer through speaking in tongues or divine healing
A partire dal 2007 per 2017, Tshibaka frequently wrote about her family, her church and her faith in her blog. In several posts found via the Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine,” Tshibaka wrote about the dangers of witchcraft and the occult, specifically targeting the “Twilight” book and movie series. She called it “evil and we should not read or watch it.”
“Some say this book is harmless
, that it promotes Christian values
, and that it does not promote anything wicked at all
. But Satan does not usually look repulsive
, orribile, and evil on the outside
,” she wrote in an ottobre 2009 post sul blog
“Non fare errori: ‘Twilight’ is a perfect example of how the enemy twists, perverts, and ridicules the things of God. This is his m.o. This is how he works,” Tshibaka added.
” series is seen by some observers to have multiple references to Mormonism and Christianity
; its author
, Stephenie Meyer
, is a Mormon
In un altro post, Tshibaka also made a connection between illicit drugs and witchcraft by writing about the etymology of the word
“There is a link between drugs and witchcraft
. Our word ‘pharmacy
,’ per esempio, comes from the Latin word pharmakon
, which means ‘magic charm
’ or ‘poison.
’ Perhaps this explains why many people who have used illegal drugs experience demonic oppression
,” lei scrisse, though she mistakenly says
” comes from Latin
. The origins of the word
” come from pre-Greek languages
Ha continuato: “Perhaps this also explains why things of ‘witchcraft’ (see above) are so addictive — like a drug. And why God is so unwavering about people avoiding witchcraft, even to the point that He considers witchcraft to be an abomination.”
In un febbraio 2013 post sul blog
diritto “Witches Are Bad for Your Health
,” Tshibaka cautioned people against consuming media that
, focus on
, or glorify things like magic
, vampiri, or the occult.
“Given how strongly the Bible speaks against these things and condemns those involved in them, and given how intoxicating and addicting these topics can be, it’s wise for believers to avoid them altogether,” lei scrisse, adding that though the Bible doesn’t prohibit consuming media, it says not everything is beneficial.
And in a giugno 2015 post sul blog
, Tshibaka wrote about the “Charlie Charlie Challenge” popular with teenagers on social media at the time
, in which users use a makeshift Ouija board
. Tshibaka said the game could invite
” and presents a
“significant spiritual risk to those who play it and others who are around or exposed to it
, an entire school
“Youth draw a quadrant on a sheet, place two intersecting pencils on top of each other, and then ask, ‘Charlie, Charlie, Sei qui?’ They then proceed to ask subsequent questions and the top pencil moves to land on the correct answer in the quadrant (e.g., sì, no, eccetera.) Ovviamente, maggior parte [di] the time the top pencil does not move,” lei scrisse. “But sometimes it does. And that’s because evil spirits are real and they’re more than happy to respond to invitations to afflict people.”