As long as there have been presidents there have been good people who have prayed for his safety and for the president to be blessed with wisdom as he attempts to lead the country.
Then there ‘s this: PRAY FOR OBAMA PSALM 109:8 Well, ain’t that sweet? It is—right up until you read Psalm 109, verse 8.
Let his days be few; and let another take his place.
That’s a little less than benevolent. But verse 109 cuts to the chase: Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
There’s two ways of looking at this. If you read just verse 108, you might be able to make the case, well these are just people who are counting the days until Obama is out of office (thought that line about “let his days be few” could be misinterpreted).
But there’s nothing ambivalent about the suggestion Malia and Sasha grow up Barackless and Michelle start wearing black.
It can be said that the t-shirts (and bumper stickers, hats and teddy bears with Psalm 108 stuck on them) are not hate speech and do not reflect a direct threat against the president. However, when that is contrasted by reports that threats against Obama have risen 400 percent and the Secret Service is stretched too thin, it is legitimate to worry whether or not some fanatic might not think it’s God will for him to try and kill the president.
Whenever someone like Major Nidal Hassan screws up and goes nuts, every Islamic cleric in the United States rushes to the microphone to reassure the nation that this is one loner who has misinterpreted the Koran and Islam is not a violent religion. Where are all the good Christian conservatives when someone is peddling violence, sedition and hatred toward the President of the United States? Why aren’t they called to account for the idiots who deliberately misinterpret the Bible to make a buck?
It only takes one motivated nut with a gun to stick a rifle out of the window of a school book depository, or the bathroom a dilapidated boarding house or park a Ryder truck loaded with explosives next to a federal building to kill and change the course of history. It’s not beyond belief and certainly not beyond possibility that someone might think killing President Obama to be the will of God.
There is an hardcore, extremist and dangerous strain within the conservative body politic that sees the president as not merely a politician to be defeated, but the Antichrist who must be destroyed.
I’ve always said I don’t have any problem with God. It’s some of his Believers that scare me.