11.19.2009

UPDATED: Christian Evangelical Extremists Are Praying For Obama's Death: "Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8"

"Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8"

That's the Psalm making it's way through Christian Evangelical Extremists as they pray for President Obama's death, according to the Christian Science Monitor story, "Biblical anti-Obama slogan: Use of Psalm 109:8 funny or sinister?:

There’s a new slogan making its way onto car bumpers and across the Internet. It reads simply: “Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8”

A nice sentiment?

Maybe not.

The psalm reads, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”

Presidential criticism through witty slogans is nothing new. Bumper stickers, t-shirts, and hats with “1/20/09” commemorated President Bush’s last day in office.

But the verse immediately following the psalm referenced is a bit more ominous: “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”

On tonight's show, Rachel Maddow & Frank Schaeffer discuss this anti-Obama rhetoric from the right. Here's how DKos' kat68 described this segment and news of this horrifying tact being employed by the Christian right in, "Trawling for assassins": Evangelical nuts want Obama dead":

Tonight, Rachel Maddow aired a bonechilling interview with former fundamentalist leader Frank Schaeffer in which Schaeffer accuses evangelical zealots and far-right wing nuts of formenting violence against our president.

This new "American Taliban," Schaeffer says, is essentially "trawling for assassins," using coded, Biblical language in hopes of inciting some lunatic to kill the president.

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Schaeffer notes that no one in the GOP leadership or the evangelical community is doing anything to tamp down on this rhetoric...this from a community that routinely denounces Islamic leaders for not speaking out more forcefully against terrorism. "Where the hell are you?" he asks. "And be it on your head if something happens to our president...Until they speak out, they're culpable."

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It seems that both Cafe Press and Zazzle.com are selling this merchandise (h/t karenc13). Let them know what you think of that here and here.

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And, here's that segment from the Rachel Maddow Show:

The right's reckless rhetoric

Rachel Maddow is joined by The Huffington Post’s Frank Schaeffer to assess the latest anti-Obama rhetoric from the right, including praying for his early death.

It's truly unbelievable. Can you imagine what would be happening to people if they had done this to Bush & Cheney? This is right-wing Terrorism. This is no different than the Taliban. The next stage is for their disciples to try and fulfill this violent fantasy.

I'm sure Glenn Beck & Michele Bachmann will be the first to come out and denounce this lunacy?

This is not protected first amendment speech.

Hello Secret Service?

UPDATE I:

There have been several important xxx that have opccured since I blogged this this morning... For full details, please go to "Trawling for assassins": Evangelical nuts want Obama dead" by DKos' kat68, but here's the gist:

CafePress has pulled their Psalm 109 merchandise. Here is their response:

Dear XXXX,

As you may know, CafePress.com provides an automated service to a rich and vibrant community of international users. Unfortunately, because our service is automated, sometimes content that is not consistent with our Offensive Material & Prohibited Content policy is posted on CafePress.com. We appreciate that you have brought this content to our attention and it has been removed from our site. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Zazzle has taken down some of their merchandise, but not all. Scratch that - Zazzel caved a few minuted after I posted my original update. Here's the gist:
[...] it is only after great thought that we have determined that these products, in the context of the full text of Psalm 109, may be interpreted in such a way as to suggest physical harm to the President of the United States. In deference to the Office of the President of the United States, and in accordance with federal law prohibiting the making of threats against the physical wellbeing of the President of the United States, Zazzle has therefore determined that these products are in violation of the Zazzle User Agreement and not appropriate for inclusion in the Zazzle Marketplace. We have begun efforts to remove them from our website, and we will be vigilant to the publication of similar products moving forward.
Also, if you this thread from the diary, you see the person behind this website UpYoursObama.com and the Psalms 109 merchandise has been reported to the Secret Service by by foggycity.

UPDATE II:

Wow. This really sucks. Cafe Press reversed course, as reported by DKos' bhlogger:
Psalm 109:8 Merchandise: Cafe Press Reverses Its Decision

Dear XXXXXXXXXXXX,

Thank you for contacting CafePress.com!

Cafepress looks at content on a case by case basis, and makes decisions about what content is permissible based on our content usage policy.

Anti-presidential gear has been a mainstay at Cafepress since we were founded in 1999 and has become a key component of political discourse. Our site has become a cultural barometer of public opinion and as such designs often come into question. In managing our content we are trying to protect self expression, while making sure we are not advocating violence.

We initially pulled the Psalm 109:8 content from our products today because broader media dialog indicated that these designs potentially suggested violence towards the president. Based on current public discourse and further review of the actual content, we have determined that it is fair political commentary and we are in the process of reinstating this merchandise. As with all of our content, these designs will continue to be reviewed and if at any time their meaning is construed as advocating violence we will revisit our decision.

There is a huge different between anti-presidential gear and gear that promotes prayers of death.

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