Media Manufactures “Hate” From Scripture

Yesterday a reporter from The Christian Science Monitor emailed Liberty Works asking for a telephone interview with the captivating Mrs. BoomerJeff, regarding something she had written in a “tweet” on Twitter.

She had, in jest, quoted a short scripture with reference to President Obama.

“Let his years be few; let someone else take his position.”

Mrs. BoomerJeff didn’t know  that thousands of others have thought of the same scripture.   It turned up in the Google Trends list of hot internet topics, and is already offered as a bumper sticker by several on-line vendors.  pray-for-obama-sticker

The reporter, Tracey Samuelson, said there was “concern,” that referencing this scripture was “UnChristian” because of language in the verses that follow.  She tried for about fifteen minutes to coax Mrs. BoomerJeff into saying something hateful.  The attempt was unsuccessful because Mrs. BoomerJeff is one of the least hateful people on the planet, and because she is experienced in responding to provocative questions from reporters.

Today’s Christian Science Monitor includes Ms. Samuelson’s story wherein she suggests using the scripture in jest is “sinister.”  It seems apparent that Ms. Samuelson did not read the preceding verses that would have put this verse in context.

Psalm 109 begins with David’s plea to God for relief from “the wicked,” his enemies who are slandering him, lying about him and wishing curses upon him, even after he follows God’s will by loving them and praying for them.

O God, whom I praise,
don’t stand silent and aloof
2 while the wicked slander me
and tell lies about me.
3 They surround me with hateful words
and fight against me for no reason.
4 I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations
even as I am praying for them!
5 They repay evil for good,
and hatred for my love.

At this point David begins to recite a list of outrageous “curses” his adversaries have wished upon HIM:  Verse 8 is the one emblazoned on bumper stickers and quoted all over the Internet.

6 They say, “Get an evil person to turn against him.
Send an accuser to bring him to trial.
7 When his case comes up for judgment,
let him be pronounced guilty.
Count his prayers as sins.
8 Let his years be few;
let someone else take his position.

9 May his children become fatherless,
and his wife a widow.
10 May his children wander as beggars
and be driven from their ruined homes.
11 May creditors seize his entire estate,
and strangers take all he has earned.

The recitation of curses David has heard his enemies speak against him goes on for several more verses.  Finally David asks God to turn the curses of his critics against them:

20 May those curses become the Lord’s punishment
for my accusers who speak evil of me.
21 But deal well with me, O Sovereign Lord,
for the sake of your own reputation!
Rescue me because you are so faithful and good.

Mrs. BoomerJeff regrets using a verse from the Bible for a politically motivated joke and won’t do it again, not because the hyper-politically correct Christian Science Monitor frets, but because it doesn’t honor God.

But the reaction from the Monitor and, as we have since discovered, several other publications, is irrational political correctness in hyper-drive.  In her article Ms. Samuelson discloses that even the ACLU declined to take her bait and would not call Psalm 109: 8 hate speech.

With his rapid-fire volley of radical legislation, designed to force a massive increase in government power and a wrenching upheaval in the American economy and culture, President Obama has managed to do what John McCain could not: unite all factions of the Republican/Conservative coalition against himself.

As Mrs. BoomerJeff told the reporter, the intent of those who site Psalm 109:8 is to express the hope that the Obama Presidency is limited to one term, and that the next President is able to undo the Obama agenda.

Ms. Samuelson apparently was unconcerned by the hate Conservatives and Christians encounter daily at Twitter and other sites.  Just yesterday one of Obama’s supporters called Mrs. BoomerJeff Granny and said he hoped she would be targeted by the Death Panels.  These are the folks who claim to represent love and insist that Death Panels are a poisonous lie invented by Conservatives.

By the way, a Google search found no examples of Christian Science Monitor angst over the Bush haters’ savage, eight year campaign of hate speech, signs and T-shirts, like these examples.


6 Comments so far

  1. Ken Majerus on November 17th, 2009

    Shame on you. You are no Christian at all.

  2. thousand flowers blooming on November 18th, 2009

    Bible thumpers never get it that they are the ones spreading the hate.

  3. Bondo-scheme on November 18th, 2009

    The fundies are at it again. Bush said God told him to invade Iraq and so we spent Trillions of dollars and thousands of troops lives to capture a few oil wells for Chevron.

    Fundies should keep their whacko beliefs to themselves.

  4. Sam Pete on November 18th, 2009

    You people are terrorists

  5. Daniel on November 18th, 2009

    Sounds like mass media has joined forces with the new one to have daily hot headlines and topics. Call it memetic desire, chaos effect (butterfly flaps its wings here, hurricane over there)or whatever. The infected minds of this planetary matrix need food to satisfy their needs…Plucking recklessly the Word of God and inebriating their appetites with NEWS…it’s all about news.

  6. Meg on November 18th, 2009

    Very UnChristian ! I consider myself a Christian