Religious nutcases sued over imprecatory prayers.

It seems there’s a number of religiously deluded people out there that are trying their hand at imprecatory prayer, asking God to destroy their enemies, and now one of them is being sued because of it:

Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said he wants Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former U.S. Navy chaplain, to “stop asking Jesus to plunder my fields … seize my assets, kill me and my family then wipe away our descendants for 10 generations.”

The suit also asks the court to stop the defendants – Klingenschmitt and Jim Ammerman, the founders of the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches – from “encouraging, soliciting, directing, abetting or attempting to induce others to engage in similar conduct.”

It’s not so much that Weinstein is worried about God actually acting on those prayers, but rather some of his followers:

Weinstein, who is Jewish, said his family has received death threats, had a swastika daubed on their home, and feces thrown at the house. He said the harassment started several years ago when he began protesting Christian proselytizing at his alma mater, the Air Force Academy.

Weinstein’s attorney, Randal Mathis, said their biggest concern is that Klingenschmitt’s audience includes a “certain number of unstable people” who might act in the name of God.

It’s not an unreasonable fear to have considering the number of people who have killed on God’s behalf because they believed they were being called to do so.

Klingenschmitt claims to have done nothing wrong:

Klingenschmitt, 41, told The News that he has “never incited anybody” to hurt Weinstein, whom he called a “paranoid megalomaniac who has a history of anti-Christian persecution.”

“I never prayed for anyone’s violence,” he told the paper. “All I did was quote the Scriptures.” His prayers are available on his website, the Pray In Jesus Name ProjectThe Evening Prayer’s Channel and for radio broadcast.

Does he want Mikey Weinstein to die? “I pray the Psalm that his days are few,” he told The News.

So he’s never incited anybody to hurt Weinstein, except that God fellow who has a known history of utilizing humans to do his dirty work. And it’s not that he’s praying for Weinstein to do so much as, you know, not be living too much longer if at all possible. Because that’s exactly what Jesus would do.

 

Pastor convicted of mortgage fraud resorts to imprecatory prayers against witnesses.

Because that’s exactly what Jesus would do:

Jensen Beach pastor sentenced to 20 years for mortgage fraud—South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

STUART – A defiant Rodney McGill prayed for affliction upon his adversaries prior to his sentencing in Martin County Circuit Court, and turned his back on Judge Sherwood Bauer Jr. as he was handed a 20-year prison term for his part in fraudulently obtaining some $1 million in real estate loans.

“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, for every witness called against me, I pray cancer in their lives, lupus, brain tumor, pancreatic cancer,” McGill intoned at his counsel table prior to the start of the hearing Tuesday.

This man believes in an all-knowing and all-powerful entity that is responsible for creating everything in existence and who, by divine will alone, keeps everything humming along from the smallest elementary particle to the largest galaxies. He is not considered crazy for this belief. Given the awesome undertaking of said being—maintaining all of existence through thought alone—this man believes that his trials and tribulations are important enough to such an entity that praying to it will garner its attention. He is not considered crazy for this belief. Considering this man’s relative insignificance amongst the countless billions of things that constitutes the Universe that occupy the mind of said entity he still somehow manages to believe he is special enough that said entity would afflict other aspects of its creation with the most horrific maladies and diseases known for daring to speak against this man in a court of law.

He is, amazingly, not considered crazy for this belief.

Is it any wonder, given these amazing and ridiculous beliefs, that this man believes himself to be innocent of any crime? There is no doubt in this man’s mind that he is in the right. How could there be given all the things he “knows” about the nature of reality and who is running the show? The truly amazing part, however, is the simple fact that even if his imprecatory prayers go unanswered and his appeals all fail and he ends up serving out his full sentence in jail, his belief in this all-powerful, all-knowing entity that supposedly has reason to give a shit about his fate will probably not waver in the slightest.

Behold the power of true faith. It can make you crazy.

Christian Reconstructionists praying McCain/Palin win so God can kill McCain.

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.