Sunday, August 10, 2008

Focus on the Family: Pray for rain on Obama

The lunatics at Focus on the Family want people to pray for rain on Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention. This is absurd on multiple levels--not only does nothing fail like prayer, but how on earth do they consider this to be a remotely ethical or rational thing to do?

Why not just pray that Obama doesn't get elected? Or follow the pattern with Supreme Court justices, and pray for death?

(Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

UPDATE (August 12, 2008): Focus on the Family has pulled the video from their site, claiming that it was all just a joke, as the Rocky Mountain News reports:

Focus on the Family Action pulled a video from its Web site today that asked people to pray for "rain of biblical proportions" during Barack Obama's Aug. 28 appearance at Invesco Field at Mile High to accept the Democratic nomination for president.

Stuart Shepard, director of digital media at Focus Action, the political arm of Focus on the Family, said the video he wrote and starred in was meant to be "mildly humorous."

But complaints from about a dozen Focus members convinced the organization to pull the video, said Tom Minnery, Focus Action vice president of public policy.

"If people took it seriously, we regret it," Minnery said Monday.

UPDATE (August 27, 2008): There was flooding at the Democratic National Convention--but it was flooding of the Fox skybox at the Pepsi Center when a sprinkler system went off for about five minutes, dumping 50 to 100 gallons of water per minute.

UPDATE (August 30, 2008): Obama's speech went off without a hitch, but it looks like Hurricane Gustav may cause a suspension of the Republican National Convention.


Reed said...

What's this, FotF now appeals to God to do its dirty work?

James Hanley said...

Well, God is obviously on their side. But just as obviously quite unwilling to act as if he is until X people spend Y hours on their knees. So he just can't really care that damn much, can he? And if doesn't, why do they?

Ktisophilos said...

This reminds me of Ken Ham's puppet board chairman Don LandAss, in his oh-so-pious request for prayer from "Dear friends and acquaintances of AiG-U.S" about the CMI-AiG dispute.

If he really wanted an army of "prayer warriors", then surely he could have contacted the hundreds of thousands on the main US-mailing list. But this doesn't seem to have happened, because that might alert them to the dispute and the fact that they were duped about Creation magazine.

Instead, the letter seemed to be aimed at anyone they could find in countries with a strong CMI presence, and Americans already aware of the dispute. This makes it most likely that the "call to prayer" was a pseudo-pious sham, and was really to stir up doubts among CMI supporters, and likely waste much CMI staff time dealing with the nonsense.