Encouragements Of Imprecatory Prayers Against Obama

So insidious:

Over the past few days, a Biblical verse has reportedly topped the google trends charts. It is also turning up in bumper stickers and tee shirts across the country. It reads:

“Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8”

But what do you see when you look up that Psalm?

“May his days be few; may another take his office.”

But take a look at the whole psalm, especially the lines immediately after this one — lines the original framer of this sticker — and many others after him/her could not have failed to miss:

9 May his children be fatherless
and his wife a widow.

10 May his children be wandering beggars;
may they be driven from their ruined homes.

Diana Butler Bass in her blog on Sojourner’s Magazine says “Thus, the “Prayer for Obama” does more than anticipate that he leaves office; it entreats God to destroy the president.”


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  • http://sendaianonymous.wordpress.com sendaianonymous

    Eeer, this is so creepy o.O

  • http://clergyguy.blogspot.com Clergy Guy

    This is another one of those really stupid things that gets passed around on emails. It’s mean spirited. If people don’t like the guy, they can say so–they don’t have to make the Hebrew God their puppet

  • JC

    According to responses I’ve seen this time we’re [i]supposed[/i] to take the bible out of context!

    *sigh* fundies, whattya gonna do?

  • http://merelyadequate.net Mike aka MonolithTMA

    Here’s my alternative to the controversial pray for Obama Psalm 109:8 bumper sticker. Pray For Obama — 1 Timothy 2:1-2. “1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

    Why it takes an atheist to point out their hatred? I don’t know.

  • John

    A direct threat to the US president is passed as an “American Ideal”?. This is not just another meme, but a call to arms by lunatics for all mindless drones that only watch the Fox “News” channel.