Ex-Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenshmitt is one of my favorite Religious Right extremists. If you look him up in the Encyclopedia of American Loons, you’ll find that his main claim to fame is his prolific use of “imprecatory” prayer. That’s the kind that calls down the vengeance of God against an enemy and, usually, his family and descendants as well (see “A Prayer for Obama”). Here’s a sample from the Bible’s Psalm 109, a Klingenschmitt favorite:
Let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labor.
Let their be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
Klingenschmitt has previously called the wrath of God down on Mikey Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and, of course, President Obama.
Today though, Right Wing Watch, which keeps track of people like Klingenschmitt, reports that the good ex-Navy chaplain has taken time off from his usual prayers for the destruction of gays, Muslims and all the other people he dislikes, to pray for the prosperity of something. He’s joined with other Religious Right activists in praising the Lowes corporation for withdrawing their advertisements from The Learning Channel’s All-American Muslim TV show and defending the Florida Family Association for pressuring them to do it.
Here’s Klingenschmitt’s prayer:
Almighty God, please bless Lowes Home Improvement stores for their wise decision to stop advertising for the TV show All-American Muslims, which is nothing but Islamic propaganda designed to whitewash the fact that practitioners of militant Islam not only slaughtered over 3000 American civilians, but routinely kill millions of Christians worldwide. Bless the Florida Family Association who led the way by exposing the deeds of darkness, from Ephesians 5:11, and grant Lowes’ their greatest financial profits for standing against real violent hatred, not the fake “hate” and “bigotry” they are now accused of by terrorist sympathizers.
Isn’t it nice to hear a religious right-winger pray for something positive and uplifting for a change?
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