At first glance there was nothing out of the ordinary about the prayer Mississippi Tea Party Chairman Roy Nicholson used to open an event in Flowood, Mississippi. Well, nothing out of the ordinary for our unfortunate political climate. To be honest, it was actually rather mild compared to some of the fire and brimstone invoking, hate-filled rants masquerading as Christian prayers these days. Sure, it asked God to give the speakers political enemies a good old fashioned smiting, but at least this desired smiting only removed the smitee’s from political power, generously allowing them to keep their health and their lives. Salon has the text for posterity:
We’re asking, Father, for two things. We’re asking, Father, that you would expose them, set division amongst them, set them one against another, bring confusion and fear into their camp, into their thinking, for the purpose of pulling them down, for casting them down out of their high offices and reducing them, Lord, to having no power in this state. So, Lord, that you might raise up and seek the righteous in the positions of power that this state might once more be a state that honors you in all that it does.
Father, we’re asking that in all of the tribulations were asking you to bring upon them, that it would work change in their heart — that you would use it to bring true Godly sorrow, that they might truly repent for their iniquity and their wickedness, for that they would be restored to you, that you would have honor in the state of Mississippi for the great works that you’ve done in correcting and purifying the government and rescuing and saving the worst of us.
See? Nothing out of the ordinary at all. That is, until you notice who the targets of this prayer actually are (bolding is mine):
“Father, we even ask for you to bless our enemies, and Lord they are truly our enemies that head the Republican Party and the whole political establishment.”
Seriously. When you are so far to the right that you consider the Republican party in Mississippi to be your enemy, the shark has done been jumped. That is like living in Germany in the 1930’s and saying, “Yeah, I would have voted for Hitler, but he’s too soft on the Jews.” Refusing to watch Fox News because it is controlled by the “liberal media.” Turning Rush Limbaugh off because he went soft on the Democrats after Obama’s election. Quitting the Westover Baptist Church because you are worried they may change their views on marriage equality. I could go on for a few paragraphs here, but I think you get my point.
If he considers the Mississippi GOP his enemies, do I even need to ask what he considers Democrats, or, God forbid, real progressives? I’d like to hear one of those prayers…..