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19 November 2009
I saw this on the net today:
A lot of funny things float around the internet and some of them are actually funny. This one is terrifying.
You may or may not have heard that there is a movement to "pray for Obama" floating around some of the fundamentalist extremists.
Now on the surface you'd wonder what could be wrong with praying for the president, or what might even be funny about it.
This is the t-shirt that goes along with the "funny" forward above.
Looks harmless above, unless you know that Psalm 109:8 reads "Let his days be few; and let another take his office," a verse which is followed by this one: "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow," and then "Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places."
This shirt is available at Cafe Press, a mainstream web site where thousands of people sell their creations. There was a rush of people on Twitter who all began posting the psalm reference in their tweets, almost a signal to those "in the know."
This makes me so angry I can barely speak. Just IMAGINE the hue and cry that would go up from the people who created this whole movement if it were some left wingnuts who were circulating such a thing about President Bush. But have we heard any mainstream religious group mention it in the news?
Heck, even O'Reilly is talking about a revolution that will find Nancy Pelosi "bobbing in Boston Harbor." Apparently nobody is finding any problem at all publically envisioning physical harm -- or murder -- to people they don't like.
It just seems that though the threats against this president have escalated 400 times more than anything that the White House has seen before, yet all those pious religious leaders who speak out about traditional marriage and abortion doctors and "death panels," sit quietly and let the nutcases spout this sort of dangerous rhetoric. They are giving placid approval by their silence.
Now I don't think that any normal fundamentalist Christian is going to go out and start gunning for the president, but we know all too well what happens when fundamentalism gets taken over the top, and you know that there is another Timothy McVeigh or Sirhan Sirhan or Squeaky Fromme out there who are feeding on the messages of hate and lack of any public church denouncement of them. Sooner or later those people are going to be whipped up into a frenzy and we are going to see an actual assassination attempt (or worse) made on the president.
There was a classified ad placed in a Pennsylvania newspaper which prayed that Obama would follow in the footsteps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinkey and Kennedy, all presidents who were assassinated.
There was the guy who attended the tea-bag rally carrying the sign about watering the tree of liberty, a reference to Thomas Jefferson's reminder that "the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants."
Frank Schaeffer, who, with his father helped shape the evangelical movement in the United States is mad as hell and he's not taking it silently. He was a guest on the Rachel Maddow show last night. His comments, which Maddow let go uninterrupted, are worth reading:
Schaeffer compares this to a Taliban call for jihad.
I don't know what I can do as one person, but I can shine a light on what is happening and register my voice not only in opposition to what is going on, but in disgust with the people who refuse to speak out.
While you're at it, check out this page on Amazon and register your outrage! (With any luck, when you click on the link, it will tell you that the page no longer exists!)
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I figure this will be worth lots of money when she wins Winbledon!