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'Death of President's' Day is Here for Some

John Avlon, in The Daily Beast, takes a look at how President's Day is a great excuse for hate pastors like Orange County's Wiley Drake and Arizona's Steven L. Anderson to pray for the death of Obama.

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Anderson’s gospel of hate is careful to hit the culture war trifecta: God, Gays, and Guns. Gays, he has said, should be executed—(“The same God who instituted the death penalty for murders is the same god who instituted the death penalty for rapists and for homosexuals, sodomites, and queers!”). And as for guns, well, they’ve been as common as Bibles in his church some Sundays. In fact, Chris Broughton, the man who brought an AR15 assault rifle as a protest outside an August ’09 Obama event in Arizona, attended the “Why I Hate Obama” sermon just the Sunday before. Broughton has called it “the best church in the world.”

When Anderson was interviewed by the local Phoenix Fox affiliate about his imprecatory prayers, he denied he was calling for violence. “If you want to know how I’d like to see Obama die, I’d like him to die of natural causes,” said Anderson. “I don’t want him to be a martyr, we don’t need another holiday. I’d like to see him die, like Ted Kennedy, of brain cancer.”

What’s the point of wading through all this hate? Because there is a cost to mixing politics with religion and confusing partisanship with patriotism. Presidents’ Day is a time when we are supposed to view politics with a sense of perspective. But lately, the idea of a loyal opposition to the president has been degraded, from Bush Derangement Syndrome to Obama Derangement Syndrome—demonization of our president for partisan gain leads some deranged people to pray for his death.

Of course, we've featured Anderson's sick brand of hate in these pages before:

Previously...
Pastor Steve Anderson Wishes Death by Brain Cancer on Obama, Gays, and Michelangelo Signorile [tr]
Obama-Hating Pastor: Every Homosexual is a Deviant, Evil Predator [tr]
Baptist Preacher to Congregation: 'When I Go To Bed at Night [I] Pray for Barack Obama to Die and Go to Hell' [tr]

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  1. Odd that someone who professes to be a "Christ"-ian overlooks the whole of the New Testament. We don't need to pray for HIS death, as he is already dead--braindead.

    Posted by: rayy | Feb 15, 2010 10:29:51 AM


  2. As much as my liberal bleeding heart hates to say so, I agree with the news editor who wrote last fall the column that essentially said that some stories just need to be ignored. Neither of these loons deserves print or air time.

    Posted by: latebrosus | Feb 15, 2010 1:05:04 PM


  3. Why are we paying any attention to loons like this preacher and the Phelps family? They are publicity-seeking psychopaths without the slightest newsworthiness (Is this last word a word?). Anyway...

    If you feed these animals gay outrage, they just come back for more. They have lost even their comic value.

    Posted by: DavidParis | Feb 15, 2010 1:28:02 PM


  4. Noticed how few Tlrd posters have posted thier disgust? Me think and knows they agree.

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 15, 2010 2:05:13 PM


  5. “I don’t want him to be a martyr, we don’t need another holiday. I’d like to see him die, like Ted Kennedy, of brain cancer.”

    Substitute him for conservative justices of the Supreme Court and I feel like a massive tool.

    I take back what I said a couple of weeks ago about wanting them to die. I now know I was no better than people like Anderson when I said it.
    Excuse me while I go pray to God for forgiveness ...

    Posted by: Rodney | Feb 15, 2010 3:02:01 PM


  6. "I was no better than people like Anderson when I said it. Excuse me while I go pray to God for forgiveness ..."

    Don't worry about it, RODNEY. Remember: God don't like ugly (or mean): Alito, Scalia, Roberts & Thomas--they all fit those two descriptions.

    ROWAN,

    you're right, but it isn't surprising.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 15, 2010 3:31:19 PM


  7. But there's a difference between wishing that scalia would take a dirt nap and the president. The motivation/ beliefs supporting that desire. And these are not equivalent in any language game that's worth playing. Let's see, racism vs. equal rights...hmmmmmm

    It would be very efficient to realize certain goals if, by magic, some people just died. The rightness or wrongness of the want depends on the consequence.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 15, 2010 3:48:25 PM


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