Friday, November 20, 2009

Twisting Religion


T-shirts and bumper stickers, like the above t-shirt, have been making the rounds at Tea Party/anti-Obama rallies. Psalms 109:8 reads, "Let his days be few; and let another take his office." How or why would the President's, "days be few." Because he'll resign for no apparent reason? Defenders of the t-shirt say it represents a desire that the President only serve one term.

And make no mistake, it is protected speech. But, is there something more pernicious contemplated by some that would twist religion to suit their own political desires and, "pray for Obama?" For example, look at the very next verse in Psalms, 109:9 reads, "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow." The latter verse is not on t-shirts but, come on, I think we all know what at least some of those wearing the above t-shirt are praying for. And what those whackos are praying for is sick and wrong.

If only I could think of another group/organization that has twisted a religion to suit its political ends and continues to twist and warp a religion and its teachings to recruit and indoctrinate followers and encourage hatred...