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Pray for Rain upon Obama – And Pray for Diarrhea inside McCain

Posted by NT Wrong on September 8, 2008

About a week before the Democratic Convention began in Denver, rightwing nutjob Stuart Shepard, director of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, issued a video call for prayer in which he asked people to pray for “rain of biblical proportions” during Obama’s acceptance speech:

“Not just rain, abundant rain … urban and small streams advisory rain … umbrella ain’t gonna help ya … swamp the intersections … network cameras can’t see the podium rain.”

The call for rain was subsequently picked up by former Southern Baptist Convention official, Wiley Drake. Said Pastor Drake, “Other prayer warriors are welcome not only to pray for rain but repentance in America as well.”

Stuart Shepard’s prayers weren’t answered by the Almighty; it was a perfect day weather wise. But it must be acknowledged that he was on good scriptural grounds:

    “So Samuel called unto Yahweh; and Yahweh sent thunder and rain that day” (1 Samuel 12.18).

    “Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive” (Matthew 21.22).

However, as has often been noted, there’s ‘good scriptural grounds’ in the Bible for almost anything, including praying that your enemies are cursed with diarrhea:

    “As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.”
    – Psalm 109.18

… which is why we’re encouraging people to pray for diarrhea during John McCain’s speeches… in the name of Jesus.

“Not just diarrhea, abundant diarrhea … urban and small streams advisory diarrhea … swamp the intersections diarrhea … network cameras can’t see the podium diarrhea.”

2 Responses to “Pray for Rain upon Obama – And Pray for Diarrhea inside McCain”

  1. steph said

    I was shocked at the right wing nutcase but actually the diarrhea prayer is quite a good idea. But then again I listened to Robert Fisk again this evening and I’m feeling quite depressed. He’s right of course – it makes no difference who beats the diarrhea and becomes President. Both of them will still be invading the Middle East and unless they get out and stay out which neither of them ever will, the Middle East will never be happy. And that is what really matters to me. But still, I’ll pray for McCain’s diarrhea during his speeches. I’m not a fan of war heros.

  2. Quixie said

    laughs and laughs . . .

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