While browsing through my lengthy and sometimes incomprehensible Facebook news feed, I came across a link that had me both dropping my jaw and laughing my ass off at the same time. Apparently, a politician by the name of Mike O’Neal (Republican) just got himself into a world of political pain by sending out an e-mail to his fellow Republicans. What did the e-mail say? Well, it urged his fellow officials to join him in a prayer for President Obama’s death.
Wow. WTF? Seriously? Yes, seriously. The guy hates the president so much that he’s willing to stand his ground and go directly to the big guy in the sky. “Hey, God? Mind killing off someone I don’t like because I don’t like them?” Somehow I don’t think Mr. Jesus would be too agreeable with this one.
To be more precise, he asked those who received his e-mail to silently recite Psalm 109 from the Bible, which goes like this:
'When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
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.'
And this is the reason I tend to avoid those who are too invested in that dusty old book. Everything I learned says that Jesus is supposed to be a nice guy and wants people to be all peaceful and stuff. Hell, I went to a Christian school until I was 11 and don’t remember learning anything about the best ways to level your enemies in politics. I certainly never realized that praying to God for insta-death was an effective way to gain the upper hand on Capitol Hill.
For a politician to do something like this is not only idiotic, it’s also seriously bad form. Politics is a contest, but keep your bloodthirsty thoughts to yourself. Just because you lost doesn’t mean to get to go around recruiting people to do voodoo chants against your enemy.
What’s more (and what makes me laugh so much over this), the e-mail is potentially treasonous. Wishing the death of the U.S. President and asking others to join in isn’t exactly an American thing to do. Of course, he’ll get a slap on the hand and a kick in the teeth of his career, but jail time is unlikely.
Let this be a lesson to future Biblical politicians - separate your religion and your politics, just like the good old constitution says. Either that, or at least exercise even the slightest bit of self-control to avoid looking like such an ass.