Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Where are the Voices of Reason?

I have become aware recently of a "humorous" Christian product being sold around the internet...its available in shirts and hats and on teddy bears and it reads as follows:

Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8

How many people know what Psalm 109:8 and its completing couplet Psalm 109:9 actually say? Well, for the edification of our readers here are the two verses from Blue Letter Bible :

Let his days be few; [and] let another take his office. Psalm 109:8 KJV
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. Psalm 109:9 KJV

Lest you think it is a quirk of the KJV translation, its not. Every version in BLB's extensive list says basically the same thing. Psalm 109 is one of the genre known as the cursing psalms. Not only is Psalm 109 one of these it is considered as one of the most horrible in the Bible. Don't be deceived, this scripture was chosen specifically and the intent was not to be humorous. There is an element within Right Wing American Christian Culture that is every bit as crazy and dangerous as anything within the Islamic Jihad movement. This passage is their battle cry.

It is because of this that I have been praying for the physical safety of our President ever since I found out that he would be the Democratic candidate. My concern at the time was the potential actions of some deranged racist. That concern unfortunately has expanded to include the potential actions of some deluded religiously motivated individual. I don't think it is that far fetched and I do think it is imperative that the leaders of the Religious Right in particular stand up and denounce this kind of thing when it crops up.

Right now the silence is deafening.

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