A christian Fatwah by any other name is still a death threat…

Gordon Klingenschmitt, an ultra right-wing, christian, former military chaplain seems to believe that praying for the death of others is an acceptable (and christian) thing to do.

Now not being a christian myself, I am looking at this as an outsider, but I did grow up in a christian environment, and from what I recall of my readings of the bible (at least the New Testament) and from what most christians (Fred Phelps and his clan excluded) would have people believe about their holy book, and their god, this would be considered bad…

But George, is a different sort of fellow. George is the type of guy who prays, in Jesus’ name of course, for God to strike down Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

George’s death threats (or calls for murder, your choice) were part of an “”imprecatory prayer” posted on his website, and urged by him to be broadcast in as many places as possible. The transcript speaks volumes:

“Let us pray. Almighty God, today we pray imprecatory prayers from Psalm 109 against the enemies of religious liberty, including Barry Lynn and Mikey Weinstein, who issued press releases this week attacking me personally. God, do not remain silent, for wicked men surround us and tell lies about us. We bless them, but they curse us. Therefore find them guilty, not me. Let their days be few, and replace them with Godly people. Plunder their fields, and seize their assets. Cut off their descendants, and remember their sins, in Jesus’ name. Amen.” – Gordon Klingenschmitt

It’s basically a curse, praying to God to kill those you pray against. And given the history of this type of thing, it can quite easily be called a call to arms for followers of  George, and those like him.

And it’s despicable.

[Brought to my attention via: Reasonable Doubts Podcast]


About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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