Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8

It’s showing up on bumper stickers, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and even teddy bears.

For those unfamiliar with biblical passages, it seems pretty inocuous, doesn’t it? How nice! Let’s pray for the President! 

“Psalm 109 8 prayer for Obama”

The words of this particular psalm are far more telling:

“May his days be few, may another take over his position.”


“May his children be orphans and his wife a widow”


“Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.”


Courtesy ThinkProgress

I find it particularly distressing that evangelical right wing conservative leaders of our churches in this country are taking a political stance on political issues, regardless of the current interpretations of Separation of Church and State. It’s one thing to preach civil disobedience, it’s an entirely different thing to preach breaking the law.

From Diane Butler Bass at BeliefNet:

It is the personal prayer of an individual, someone who has been dealt an injustice by another–and usually more powerful–person. The words of Psalm 109 are those of deep agony, the longings of a victim for retribution and justice. This psalm is considered one of the most difficult of all the psalms–full of violent images of vengeance and death.

From Rabbi Brad Hirschfield via The Washington Monthly:

Any time the citizens of a state, particularly a democracy, invoke their faith to pray for the demise of those they oppose politically, we should be concerned.

All this is especially upsetting in light of the last weeks’ events at Fort Hood. Exactly how long is it going to take us to figure out the danger of linking faith claims and violent fantasies?


We’ve discussed on here the implications of the tragic massacre at Ft. Hood a few weeks ago. What I find ironic now is that these are the same right wing conservative christian nutcases who are screaming “TERRORIST!” and “TRAITOR!” over the same sentiments voiced by Major Nidal Hasan…

“Allahu Akbar”


5 responses »

  1. Afraid that there is some rumbling on a formerly quiet quarter! Manhattan manifesto might be worth studying,and I look forward to St Patrick chasing the snakes out of this country.

  2. Since when isn’t relgion political? Reverend Wright is a moderate with no political connections. I like that Psalm and pray it often. Of course it means nothing, because religion is only a childish superstition. So what is the concern? What prayers are the Muslims praying?

    • “I like that Psalm and pray it often”

      “religion is only a childish superstition”

      ’nuff said, Duke. Now pack up your hate and move along…

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