Kansas GOP Speaker Prays for Obama's Death

Kansas GOP Speaker Prays for Obama's Death

He includes a reference to Psalm 109 in an email to friends and family.

Do you remember reading about the GOP Speaker of the Kansas House getting into hot water for sending an email calling Michelle Obama, Mrs. Yo Mama? In that particular email, sent to friends, family, and then forwarded to numerous people, Mike O'Neal wrote: 

I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation — at our expense, of courseil

He sent another, even more offensive email from his personal emaill account, in which he quoted the Bible: Psalm 109, to be exact. If you're not familiar with that passage, let me acquaint you with it. It is a psalm encouraging vengeance against an enemy. Verses 8, 9, and 10 are clear invocations for the said enemy's death and for his children to become fatherless.

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

In his email, O'Neal didn't write, "Hey, look at verse 8 and nothing more." He wrote, "At last -- I can honestly voice a biblical prayer for our president! Look it up -- it is word for word! Let us bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!

Of course, he is refusing to apologize because he's trying to mop up the mess he's made by saying he only meant verse 8, which implies he just wants Obama out of office. That is a flat-out lie because he very clearly wrote in his email that the entire psalm "word for word" was exactly what he wanted to pray about in regards to the president. If that's not praying for the man's death, then I don't know what is.

O'Neal isn't the first Republican or religious leader to invoke Psalm 109 against President Obama. In Dallas, Texas, last year, a lawsuit regarding this very issue was allowed to go forward. The issue was whether the people promoting this imprecatory prayer were inciting violence against the President. I've tried to find if this lawsuit was resolved, but so far, all I know is the court case would be decided by a jury. Anyone with common sense can see, just by reading the full text of the passage, knows it is a death wish for President Obama and destitution for his wife and children. This is a call to arms, so to speak, masked under the veil of religious devotion.

Whether you're a believer or not, Mike O'Neal and others of his ilk ought to be ashamed of themselves for even calling themselves Christian.