October 13th, 2008 18:42 EST
Minister's Controversial Prayer at a John McCain Rally
"`There are millions of people around this world praying to their god - whether it`s Hindu, Buddha, Allah - that his [McCain`s] opponent wins, for a variety of reasons,` said Arnold Conrad, former pastor of Grave Evangelical Free Church. `And Lord, I pray that you would 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 in all that happens between now and Election Day.`"
This invocation before a John McCain appearance in Davenport, Iowa is disturbing on so many levels.
The notion of a god who has a partisan stake in American politics is laughable, but let`s leave that essay for another day.
The idea of a minister asking the Almighty to bless a McCain campaign rally is absurd. No deity worth his or her salt would bless an event where the main speaker, McCain, incites hatred, and the crowd often responds with shouts of "terrorist" and "kill him." That`s like asking god to bless a dogfight or an orgy.
The preacher is implying that Obama supporters pray to the wrong god (Allah and Buddha), and that real Americans pray to Jesus. His prayer is an insult to every Christian, Muslim, Jew, and atheist who believes in the junior senator from Illinois. Obama admirers want him to win for a "variety of reasons", proclaims the minister. The implication is that followers of Obama have nefarious reasons for wanting him to win, like hoping he will establish an Islamic state in America?
Conrad is arguing that McCain must win or else people will think that Allah is more powerful than Jehovah. Obama is on a pace to win the election by an Electoral College landslide, maybe Conrad should change his allegiance to Allah.
The Rev. Conrad should have stayed home, religion, especially the intolerant variety, has no place in a political event.