Saturday, October 11, 2008

God Fight!

At a McSame rally in Iowa, Pastor Arnold Conrad challenged Jesus directly, loudly enough for the entire neighborhood to hear, telling him that his street cred is on the line on November 4:

I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons. And Lord, I pray that you will guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and election day.
Fight! Fight! Fight!

Consider the scene -- the highest stakes of US national politics, a brightly-lit stage on a Saturday in a swing state, thousands in attendance, cameras rolling, news reporters aplenty: these words escape into this atmosphere, not into an obscure church basement on a cult compound. It's as commonplace as corn cobs.

To be completely clear: the likes of Bill Maher, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, Sam Harris, Dan Dennett, et. al. are condescending when they hold religious belief such as this for scrutiny and ridicule? Really? Really? Really?

If this scene from Iowa can't be called stupid in public, we might as well drop stupid from the lexicon.


Mike said...

From what I've heard it would take divine intervention for McCain to win Iowa.

I wonder if this Conrad clown realizes that he actually put his own cred on the line with that; now if Obama wins Conrad will be forced to say God either(1)doesn't exist (which won't happen); or (2) doesn't agree with him, which is bad news for a pastor. This is why Matthew 4:7 (which quotes Jesus telling Satan, "You shall not tempt the Lord your God.") has always been a core operating principle for preachers who,unlike this guy, don't want to look stupid.

Adam said...

Wow. Just... wow.

Dale said...

Mike, I hear the same about Iowa. Good!! And this Conrad snake will probably slither back under a rock and let this all be forgotten. Or hope to.

Adam, yes.