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Friday, November 20, 2009

Praying For Death

The reality of reactionary conservatives "bumper-sticker" political discourse has been taken quite literally by the religious Right. Being the good Christians that they are, they are praying for Obama, just not the type of prayer that benefits anyone.

Open your bibles to Psalms 109:8

Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labor.
Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.


The biblical text is quite clear - they are openly praying for Barack Obama to die.

And it doesn't stop there. Items can be purchased at CafePress.com with the bible verse and the words "Pray For Obama" on them.

Think Progress contacted CafePress and they seem to be intent on keeping the items up for sale:

We initially pulled the Psalm 109:8 content from our products today because broader media dialog indicated that these designs potentially suggested violence towards the president. Based on current public discourse and further review of the actual content, we have determined that it is fair political commentary and we are in the process of reinstating this merchandise. As with all of our content, these designs will continue to be reviewed and if at any time their meaning is construed as advocating violence we will revisit our decision.


And while some conservatives will claim that it is only the first portion of the Pslam that they are referencing, it should be pointed out that this is the party of "context", that continually says that you have to look at the totality of a statement to understand it's meaning. Also, this is the party that claims that things must be read and understood before moving forward. Kind of makes one realize that conservative Christians don't know much at all about their bible.

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