I can’t take much more of this. I really can’t. As much as I despise George Bush, Dick Cheney, George Tenet, and Donald Rumsfeld for their policies, I truly would never wish (or pray) for their deaths. I would never sit in a church that prayed for them to die.
But surely, you think, there isn’t a church in this country where such a thing could happen.
“I don’t obey Barack Obama. And I’d like Barack Obama to melt like a snail tonight,” [Pastor Steven] Anderson said in the sermon.
The sermon, which was titled “Why I Hate Barack Obama” and also contained virulent anti-gay themes, continued:
“… you’re going to tell me that I’m supposed to pray for the socialist devil, murderer, infanticide, who wants to see young children and he wants to see babies killed through abortion and partial-birth abortion and all these different things — you’re gonna tell me I’m supposed to pray for God to give him a good lunch tomorrow while he’s in Phoenix, Arizona?
Nope. I’m not gonna pray for his good. I’m going to pray that he dies and goes to hell.”
This pastor is to whom the AR-15 totin’ Chris in Arizona apparently looks to for spiritual guidance, having attended this “service” the day before he become infamous for exercising his right to bear arms while the president was in town.
Chris Broughton, the man who brought an assault rifle and a handgun to the Obama event in Arizona last week, attended a fiery anti-Obama sermon the day before the event, in which Pastor Steven Anderson said he was going to “pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell”, Anderson confirmed to TPMmuckraker today.
Seriously, this supposed Christian thinks it appropriate to pray for anyone to die?! I know I shouldn’t be surprised by any of this but I still am continuously amazed by these loonies. Instead of praying for the president to find his way (and change his opinions), which seems like it would be the correct Christian think to do,
asshole “Pastor” decides it’s better to pray for the president to die.
This on top of the inappropriate comment made Rex Rammell, an Idaho gubenatorial candidate, during a discussion on the upcoming wolf hunt for which hunters need to purchase wolf tags.
After an audience member shouted a question about “Obama tags” during a discussion on wolves, Rammell responded, “The Obama tags? We’d buy some of those.”
Rammell, a veterinarian and former elk rancher from Idaho Falls, said his comment was a joke and he would never seriously talk about President Obama that way, although he doesn’t support anything Obama’s done as president.
“I was just being sarcastic. That was just a joke,” Rammell said. “I would never support him being assassinated.
“She kind of caught me off guard, to be honest with you.”
This may not seem like a big deal, and maybe it isn’t. But it is just another in a long line of really offensive, stupid, crass, tone deaf, ignorant…things that have been said in the last seven months. I don’t know if I can last 7 1/2 years.
Something’s going to happen one of these days. Someone is going to get hurt. And people like Anderson will say, “Oops, that’s not what I intended.” Or, “Sorry, I’m not responsible because…” Or, more realistically, Anderson and his ilk will praise whomever as a hero, just as they do Dr. Tiller’s alleged killer.
People like Rammell will say, “I was just joking.” Or, “My remarks were taken out of context.”
UPDATE because the original comment wan’t offensive enough:
(Late update: Rammell tweeted today about the controversy. “Obama hunting tags was just a joke! Everyone knows Idaho has no jurisdiction to issue tags in Washington D.C.,” he wrote.)
Apparently, Mr. Rammell is pretty far out there even for Idahoan Republicans, and the state Republican party has released a statement distancing themselves from the idiocy.
CNN analyst Mike Brooks reports that the Secret Service has interviewed Anderson, who told TPMmuckraker yesterday: “To be honest with you, I have prayed for Obama to die. I’m not the only one, I’m just the only one with the spine to say it.”
Here’s the relevant bit of the segment, in which Rich Sanchez interviews Brooks and former Secret Service agent Scott Alswang:
A reminder that this is who they hate.