To Hell with keeping my mouth shut and ignoring the crazies and the ignorant…

November 19, 2009

in imho is just a polite way to say I know you don't give a hoot what I think but I'm going to say it anyway,this i believe

I thought I could just comment on what has been happening to this country, specifically the latest, hottest, “meme” that is going on and making the news circuit and the blogoshpere and the twitterverse, by reminding all of us, once again, the Golden Rule. Yes, indeed, I am referring to the clever, seemingly harmless and indeed “How Christian of you”, appearances of bumper stickers that say:

“Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8”

By now I assume most of you know what the hack I am talking about. If you are one of the fortunate ones that have been shielded from such ugliness, here is the article, “Biblical anti-Obama slogan: Use of Psalm 109:8 funny or sinister?” on none other than The Christian Science Monitor. I am also repeating the by-now-old-news-because-our-generation-suffers-from-ADD details here for my children, so they will know, when they look back one day, how FAR indeed we/they have come. Please, let it be overcome by then…

Why the debate on whether quoting Psalm is sinister? Because this is from the Old Testament, whose god is a vengeful god. Because the exact verse in Psalm 109:8 is

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

Not so bad? One clearly has the right to wish Obama out of the White House as soon as possible, as argued by many, citing Freedom of Speech. Read on because Psalm 109:9, which comes after Psalm 109:8, says

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

Because, Psalm 109 is Vengeance Invoked upon Adversaries. Remember, Vengeful god.

Naturally some of the folks that gladly applied the bumper stickers, tweeted this verse, emailed it to friends and families, or even wore the t-shirts (Are you surprised that there were t-shirts made and sold already?) now claim ignorance. They did not know what comes after Psalm 109:8

And you have got to believe them. Old Testament aka the Hebrew Bible. Is it a surprise that not many Christians have read it?

More importantly, selfishly, I want to believe the claim for ignorance. I need to. Otherwise it would be extremely difficult to continue to believe in the general goodness of mankind. I don’t want to be convinced by Frank Shaeffer’s argument on TRMS that this is “trolling for assassins”, “calling for holy war”. That many are just eagerly awaiting Obama to fall into the same fate as that of Kennedy, McKinley, Garfield, and Lincoln. That it really “just takes one”.

I never liked Bush yet I had never prayed for his untimely death. Nor have I Cheney. Nor Glenn Beck. The list goes on…

I don’t even want to go down the road of pondering why Obama, in himself, incites so much fear and anger. I understand, with sorrow, that not all Americans were heart-broken when John Kennedy was assassinated. One could safely made the assumptions that the malignance (invidiousness? which negative emotion best described the frenzy?) bestowed on Obama has reached an unforeseen level of intensity.

This whole incident illustrated the dangers of quoting anything out of context and not checking the sources/references before propagating it. Another example, the ironic “Teabaggers wearing the Obamao t-shirt from China“, immediately comes to mind. Though the danger of you being mocked for not getting something is significantly reduced if you have taken care to be surrounded only by like-minded people…

It also goes to prove that Richard Dawkins (yes, THE IT atheist) is correct in advocating the mandatory studying of the bible, albeit as LITERATURE,

“The Bible as literature should be a compulsory part of the national curriculum… you can’t understand English literature and culture without it.”*

I would also like to suggest a new rule for consideration in conjunction with the suggestion above:

One shall not quote the Bible, or Shakespeare for that matter while we are on this subject, without actually reading the entire passage first.

* This is the reason why the first book of literature we were made to read in the department of Western literature was The Old Testament. Read it and weep. For so many reasons…

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Jennifer Lynn November 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I can’t even be mad or appalled…….I am just weary of the ignorance.
.-= Jennifer Lynn´s last blog…What I Have versus What I Deserve =-.

Velva November 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I have not seen the Pray for Obama bumper sticker but, I have seen other Obama bumper stickers that made me cringe. You don’t have to be an Obama fan but, you don’t have to show your ignorance with hateful slogans and trying to convince your audience that he is the anti-christ. Ignorance runs deep and people follow like sheep. If you ask people why they believe what they believe…most will tell you they don’t know, they do because that is what they hear. That is scary.
.-= Velva´s last blog…For the Love of Martinis =-.

Diane November 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I share your outrage. All I can say is, Obama’s election has shined a huge spotlight on what is really in people’s hearts. It’s not just a political persuasion. It’s a dark, mean, bitter “I hope you die” thought process. I think it was always there, but now we all can see it.

Absence Alternatives November 19, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Agreed. My theory is that because the news talk shows are stating this kind of paranoia openly, folks with that kind of thoughts are now emboldened.

Andrea November 19, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Isn’t it becoming more and more difficult to accept ignorance as an excuse for any horrific act in the information age?
.-= Andrea´s last blog…"No you girls" =-.

Jen @ NathanRising November 19, 2009 at 9:08 pm

That Douglas lady, the one who started this tidal wave, is such an ignorant person. It irks me to NO END when people take one single verse from the Bible and twist it around to make it mean what THEY want it to mean… doing what you said about completely using the verse out of context, with no regard to the entire passage as a whole. Ok, not just ignorant, but lazy as well!! Because Google is right there at thier fingertips, can ingorance about the following verses really be used as an excuse?
-Jen
.-= Jen @ NathanRising´s last blog…The Curious Case of the Malfuntioning Body Wash =-.

Absence Alternatives November 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Andrea and Jen, I can’t agree more. Yes indeed the excuse of being ignorant is weak in this information age. But we also know that people are lazy. And in this age of social media, being cloaked in anonymity, people have also learned to speak hurtful things with no accountability. It’s a double-edged sword really. Thanks for commenting. I really appreciate it.

A Vapid Blonde November 19, 2009 at 11:38 pm

So my tweets to your tweets about this post are totally inappropriate and selfish….I am an asshole….however I will leave this page up until I think of a better comment…so please don’t think you have found a creepy stalker who fixates on one aspect of your post…think of it as my book mark so I can pick up where I left off.
.-= A Vapid Blonde´s last blog…The Comfort of Daylight =-.

Absence Alternatives November 19, 2009 at 11:53 pm

LOL. You crack me up. You do. I like the way you put it a “book mark”.

A Vapid Blonde November 20, 2009 at 12:03 am

Apparently my computer thought it was time for me to go to bed and shut everything down…but ahhh ahhha I am human and know how to press the restart button. So again…leaving it up as my book mark…or “adding to my favorites” until the morning when I can better commnet on the subject at hand.
.-= A Vapid Blonde´s last blog…The Comfort of Daylight =-.

Brittany at Mommy Words November 20, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I have not seen the bumper sticker but this makes me so sad and angry. How ridiculous! I too think that the Bible, along with some otehr religious texts, are required reading for understanding our culture and our place in the world. I have read the whole thing and I actually do refer to passages when they are thrown out to make a point. I like to know what people are referring to. Usually I find, like you, that they are unaware of the comlee context.

I liked this post. Made me think. Thanks!

Absence Alternatives November 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for engaging in the conversation with me. I appreciate any moral support that I could get: people around me in real life didn’t seem disturbed by it… *sigh*

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