Teabagger Worried that His Prayers for Senator Byrd to Die May Have Backfired
Oh, what a tangled web imprecatory prayer against one’s political opponents weaves! The Republican party has taken to imprecatory prayer (a province of the book of Psalms, wherein a number of the psalms pray evil and destruction upon the psalmist’s enemies) as their final weapon of mass destruction against the Democratic majority and Christian centrist President.
Republicans have been openly praying for Obama to die for several months, even selling “Pray for Obama; Psalm 109” (imprecatory prayer) bumper stickers.
A Waycross, Georgia Teabagger called C-Span yesterday morning, very concerned that the prayers Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) urged all Teabaggers to make that a member of the Democratic caucus would die and/or not show up for the vote may have backfired, as he noticed that Senator Inhofe (R) was missing from the vote.
“CALLER: Yeah doctor. Our small tea bag group here in Waycross, we got our vigil together and took Dr. Coburn’s instructions and prayed real hard that Sen. Byrd would either die or couldn’t show up at the vote the other night.
How hard did you pray because I see one of our members was missing this morning. Did it backfire on us? One of our members died? How hard did you pray senator? Did you pray hard enough?
While Barrasso didn’t answer the question directly, he said he didn’t know why Inhofe missed the vote. Both Coburn and Inhofe’s offices did not respond to inquiries from ThinkProgress for comment.”
Hearing this poor, misguided fellow sobbing as he considers that his powerful prayers may have indeed killed the wrong man, one can’t help but wonder what in the heck the Republicans are thinking. This constitutes irresponsible leadership, at the very least.
This particular prayer was aimed at Senator Bryd, a 92 year old Democratic senator whom Republicans had hoped would die before the vote. So that they could win. A political victory.
Senator Inhofe is fine; he missed the vote because he had to fly his wife home or maybe he had to warn some more people about the global warming hoax.
Some worry that the Republicans are leading their flock astray as they urge them to pray for the death of various Democrats, but Prayer Warriors assure anyone concerned that these prayers don’t really work:
One wonders why Republicans lead their followers in mass prayer for the death of another human being, then. Especially over political differences, which dances way too close to Islamic Extremism for comfort in my humble opinion.
The Republicans have been taken over by the Dominionist Nationalists, and these ugly prayers are just a symptom of the much larger problem; the Republican war on separation of church and state.
What place does imprecatory prayer have in our political discourse? What place does it have in a debate on healthcare reform? Why would any political party urge their members to pray for the death of another human being? This is the party running on “pro-life” values.
Truly one of the most shameful moments in Republicans’ history.
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