Christians pray for Obama’s death

| 24/11/2009

(Salon): Pastors are invoking Psalm 109 — "May his days be few" — in hopes of saving our country, and our souls. Pastor Wiley Drake preaches on most Sundays in a church tucked in between California’s big amusement parks, a place some people refer to as "Wiley World." The particular Sunday I visited First Southern Baptist Church was the weekend following the Fort Hood tragedy, when U.S. Army psychiatrist, and Muslim, Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, shot and killed 13 people. “Ladies and gentlemen,” Drake said as he addressed the group of about 60 gathered in Buena Park that evening, just down the street from Knott’s Berry Farm. “If they’re a Muslim, they’re a danger to this country.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    As a believer I am deeply offended at even the remotest association with these souless, uncompassionate animals with a loving and compassionate God. The headline should have read "So-called Christians Pray for Obama’s Death". In reality Christians should be praying for the death of people like this, monsters with vile and blackened hearts who perpetuate their evil under the guise of righteousness and are a stigma to Christianity.

    Sadly, attitudes similar to this seem to be the mainstay of fundamentalist Christianity. It exists even here in these islands. If someone does not choose to live their lives according to denominational dogma – which is always based on the particular sect’s own twisted interpretation of Scripture and "supported by the Bible" – then they are considered worthy of God’s wrath.  Which is why I deem most of the trappings of organised religion as absolute adulterated poppycock!

    "Imprecatory prayer": pure tripe! I think if I hear another fundamentalist (so called) "Christian" speak of "God’s will" in association with an intolerant and bigoted attitude – as if that person somehow had an exclusive direct line to the Divine and His revelations – I think I will smite him, then puke. Which is why I do not attend church.

    I agree, there is certainly a "danger that comes when considering a text as beautifully complicated as the Bible sacred". The 66-book, meticulously edited and expunged product of man’s quest for power, which most Christians call the "Bible", is not a sacred text per se. It is a beautiful text which gives a (relatively biased) history of and illustrations about sacred things. But that is all it is. Please be advised that I am not arguing against the fact that this Book can inspire much good in those who see the good in it and order their lives accordingly. But to revere the "Bible" as sacred in its entirety gives a mandate to fanaticism.  This article is ample evidence of my view.