Few things are more tacky than praying in public; even the Bible warned against that. However, on the shortlist of things tackier than praying in public you have praying for someone’s death in public. And that isn’t just tacky, it’s profoundly stupid.
Unfortunately, Republican junior senator Frank Perdue is just the right level of stupid to try and make that work.
The prayers do nothing
Republicans have been seen and heard praying for Obama’s death for years, and so far with no results. And it’s a good thing prayer doesn’t work, too, since we’d all be in fairly deep trouble thanks to Senator David Perdue (R-GA). According to Betsy Woodruff, a writer for the Daily Beast, the Republican junior senator told attendees at Friday’s Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference they should pray for Obama’s death by suggesting they “pray like Psalm 109:8 says: Let his days be few.”
Sen. Perdue tells Faith and Freedom attendees to pray for Obama. "We should pray like Psalm 109:8 says: Let his days be few"
— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) June 10, 2016
I can only think what would’ve happened to a Democratic senator if they’d joked like this about President Bush. The Republicans and probably a lot of Democrats would’ve run them out of town on a rail. It’s a good thing hypocrisy is a-okay if you’re a Republican and it’s aimed at a black man.
Now, Psalms 109 is one of those sections of the Bible that have you wondering just how merciful this God actually is. This specific psalm is all about cursing your enemy:
When he is judged, let him come forth guilty, And let his prayer become sin.
Let his days be few; Let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless And his wife a widow.
Let his children wander about and beg; And let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes.
Let the creditor seize all that he has, And let strangers plunder the product of his labor.
Let there be none to extend loving kindness to him, Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children.
Let his posterity be cut off; In a following generation let their name be blotted out.
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, And do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Let them be before the LORD continually, That He may cut off their memory from the earth;
Because he did not remember to show loving kindness, But persecuted the afflicted and needy man, And the despondent in heart, to put them to death.
So much for a loving, benevolent God, huh?
According to Woodruff, Perdue smiled after using the invocation of “days be few,” and the audience chuckled.
You’ll know they’re Christians by their appeals to left-handed magic and hate.
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