It’s no secret that the Religious Right wasn’t overly thrilled with John McCain winning the nomination, but it’s also clear that they absolutely adore his “choice” for VP. I put the word choice in quotes because there’s some indication the decision was more or less forced on him by the Fundies as McCain reportedly wanted to go with either Tom Ridge or Joe Liberman. It’s easy to understand their enthusiasm for her as she is clearly one of them based on her stance on just about every issue. Still she’s only the VP so one has to wonder why they’d be so excited about it and the obvious conclusion is that they’re hoping John McCain will kick the bucket early into his term leaving her to take over as President.
Now that’s a pretty cynical line of thought, but it turns out to be not only accurate, but also an understatement. Some Christian Reconstructionists out there aren’t going to leave it to chance. No, they’re calling on folks to not only pray that McCain/Palin win, but that God strike McCain down after he’s elected:
Antiabortion militant and all-round theocratic activist Jay Rogers of Florida, whose blog is called The Forerunner, writes:
Pray for John McCain’s salvation and speedy death. (Google The Forerunner’s articles on Imprecatory Prayer if you think this is harsh.)
And then there is this guy, a self-described Christian Reconstructionist whose blog handle is Ixion, and is apparently from Tennessee:
McCain’s VP choice, Sarah Palin, suddenly made me want to vote for him, as long as the LORD smites him while he’s in office. She’s consistently conservative on all the issues, and if she’s good enough for The Forerunner, she’s good enough for me. The Forerunner agrees with me that McCain must be smitten, as well, so I’m obviously not alone in my viewpoints.
After a long response to a well-researched Daily Kos diary by Dogemperor, discussing Palin’s religious history and raises some important concerns, Ixion comes back around to his main point.
May the LORD cause McCain/Palin to win the White House in 2008, and then smite the godless McCain in favor of Palin. Amen.
That’s gotta make McCain feel all warm and fuzzy about all that Religious Right ass he’s been kissing for the past year. Here he is violating just about every principle he’s ever held so he can get these people to vote for him and what’s the thanks he gets? A bunch of yahoos trying to use Imprecatory Prayer against him. I suppose he can take some comfort knowing that study after study shows prayer doesn’t accomplish jack shit, but it’s gotta sting to know there are people wishing you’ll die so the person they really want to see as President can take over.
The truly scary part is they might get their wish if he is elected. He’s not exactly a spring chicken after all. If you think the past eight years have been bad then you just wait until President Palin is in power. She makes Bush look almost mainstream.
Hat tip to Dispatches from the Culture Wars for the link.