Let us (not) pray

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Georgia Senator David Perdue seems to have told people to pray for President Obama’s death last week. Of course, he was only praying from the Bible. Psalm 109, to be specific. He quoted one verse:

Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

Do you think he knew how Psalm 109 continues?

Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.

Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.

Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.

Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

According to Vox, lots of people are invoking Psalm 109 against Obama. In 2009, Gawker reported that CafePress even sells T-shirts and bumper stickers with this theme. (Gawker said they stopped selling the Psalm 109 merch, but I still found it on their website on June 13, 2016.)

Maybe the next right-wing Christian politician to pray in public will go for Psalm 137, which calls for killing children:

Happy the man who repays you for all that you did to us!
Happy is he who shall seize your children, and dash them against the rock. 

It’s all in the Bible, not in the Koran.

And here’s another quote, from neither the Bible nor the Koran:

“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!”

(William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice)

Religious people, like Senator Perdue, can and do use their religion to justify hatred. We need to stop the hate.

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