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Pastor to Obama: Please die, now!

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  • September 1, 2009
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Pastor to Obama:  Please die, now!

A fundamentalist Baptist preacher in Arizona is making some headlines for wishing, from his pulpit, that President Obama would contract brain cancer and die, “…like Ted Kennedy.”  He also notes that his evening prayer is for the president to die and go to hell.  You may think I am making this up, but I am not:

It may be easy to discount someone like Anderson as an extremist that no one really pays much attention to, but he does matter.  He matters because his hateful rhetoric may push someone who is on the edge, over the edge.  For example, one of Anderson’s church members brought a gun to an event where President Obama was speaking recently. 

As someone interested in politics and religion, I find Mr. Anderson’s comments outrageous.  In him you have a Christian minister calling for the death of the President by way of terminal brain cancer – and that the afterlife be hot, rather than joyful for the president.  One of the tenants of fundamentalism is literalism, where the words of the bible are taken literally.  I am not sure how Mr. Anderson reconciles his hateful speech with the words from Matthew 15, in which Jesus speaks to Peter about a parable he had just told:

“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’ ”

I never thought I’d be quoting from sacred texts here at Care2 (due to my areas of interest), but in this case it seems appropriate.  Mr. Anderson, please stop the hate.  Jesus said it isn’t good for such hateful, evil things to come out of a person.

Our freedom of speech is protected under the Constitution, but with that right, one must also exercise responsibility.  Mr. Obama is a political figure that you may disagree with, but none of us have the right to wish death on another person.  Especially not under some authority given by God.

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8:43AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

There are some very sick individuals attracted to the fundamentalist churches. However, one would expect those churches to have winnowed them out before allowing such individuals to become pastors.

1:09PM PST on Mar 4, 2011

The single most obvious reason why modern religion is preached by the most sinful of people... ask them this:

Is/are your god/gods absolute? (They say Yes)
Do you trust him/her/them? (They say Yes)
Are you a god? (They say No)

To which you simply reply, "Then what does he need you for?"

I would think that the "devil" would need to recruit people to act on his behalf... not God!!!

9:08AM PST on Dec 22, 2010

Don't know if this pastor is hanging off the end of a tree limb or not. However, if Obama is/was such a good man he would not have sat & listened to the evil mouth Wright spewing such hateful language against all of America in that church several years ago.

One is truly judged by the friends & company they keep..........

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life........

8:46AM PST on Dec 22, 2010

This guy is a sick individual.Obama is a good man.

5:27PM PDT on Oct 15, 2009

Revenge is mine sayeth the lord! Let him take the sinner's crime and dole out the punishment.

10:09AM PDT on Sep 15, 2009

Some "pastors" disgrace the name of God. He does not seem to be a man of God. He wud not even do well in politics - God/Jesus save the world from people like this man ! He is consumed by hatred and evil ! I wonder whether his "flock" is on par with him or worse ! He and his flock need to seek and know the LOrd, who is love.

1:37PM PDT on Sep 14, 2009

Kristen, what are you talking about?

9:56PM PDT on Sep 13, 2009

This guy is a sick individual! He's no Christian either! These are the kind of people who make Americans look bad. What makes him any different that the people responsible for 9-11? Not much in my mind.

5:22PM PDT on Sep 13, 2009

OK..I AM A DEMOCRAT....OBAMA IS DOING WHAT EVER HE WANTS.. HE SCARES THE LIFE OUT OF ME.....IM DISABLED AND WILL LOSE ALL.. I AM SCARED, AS WELL ALL SHOULD BE. THINK OF ACORN.. CAUGHT. AND HOSPITAL DUMPING, CAUGHT, IM TIRED OF HEARING HOW GREAT EVERYONE IS, BUT ISNT ANY ONE, ANYONE, SCARED... I WAS RAISED A DEMOCRAT A NON RACIST, AND TO EMBRACE LOVE...I SEE NO LOVE HERE, I SEE A MAN WHO CONSTANTLY TELLS US HE IS THE PRESIDENT, WE KNOW WE VOTED HIM IN, I AM TIRED OF "THE CHICAGO WAY" IF I WAS INVOLVED IN ACORN I'D RUN FOR COVER...ITS GOING TO HIT EVERYONE HARD..

1:27PM PDT on Sep 12, 2009

A truly despicable man; and hardly worthy of our attention.

-cindy

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