We can’t make this sh*t up…but THEY certainly can – AND DO! Let me explain what I mean.
On the one hand, they claim that prayers don’t carry real power when they are confronted, engaged in levying imprecatory prayer against their perceived enemies. We covered this in our discussions about the commercialization of their “Pray for Obama – Psalm 109:8″ campaign. We also brought this up surrounding the Psalm 109 prayers against Mikey Weinstein and Reverend Barry Lynn by Klingenschimitt and Ammerman.
The rhetoric and actions of hate and violence rose to such a level that Weinstein was forced to file a law suit against Klingenschmitt and Ammerman to get them to stop. This law suit is being treated as absurd because after all K&A innocently claim that they are simply reading from scripture and are not placing real stock in the power of those verses, therefore Weinstein is over reacting and trying to squelch their freedom of speech.
YET…on the OTHER hand…they gather together as in this “Prayercast” in Washington, D.C. on December 16th, and claim that the power of prayer will save this country. Orchestrated by Tony Perkins (of the Family Research Council and organizer of the Values Voters Summit) and hilighting the wailing wall rocker Lou Engle (of The Call) numerous politicians assembled to pray…and here is how the Family Research Council touted this event…
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm ET, Family Research Council Action, The Call to Conscience and Focus on the Family Action will host a special one hour webcast that will mobilize thousands of Christians and churches to join in corporate prayer over the health care overhaul bill. Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins will be joined by Congressional leaders, prominent pastors, and policy experts to discuss and pray over significant concerns within the bill that will have far reaching consequences for the Christian community and our society.
“Life and death hinges on the Senate health care bill. We face significant threats to the God-given right to human life through government funding of abortions, our health from rationing, our family finances from higher taxes, and our general freedoms posed by the government plan to take over health care. There have been a number of critical hours in American history. Our nation has struggled mightily and, under God, always risen to the challenges before us. Tonight, we will face this moral crisis by taking action and obeying the Biblical mandate to pray for our nation and its leaders.”
~ Tony Perkins, FRC Action President
“But the Bible’s very clear that prayer affects government,” said Engle. “Esther’s three-day fast changed public policy; Daniel’s fast changed public policy; and it’s the same, yesterday, today and forever, and that’s why we’re here.” ~ Lou Engle, The Call
“I just pray that You will frustrate the plans of the Evil One, and revive us again with conviction and forgiveness. Show us how we can further your cause, Lord and advance your kingdom, and we will be careful to give you the praise. Just begin a revival in our hearts that will restore us as one nation under God.” ~ (Retired [whatev]) James Dobson
And let’s take a gander at a partial list of who was in attendance (whether electronically or in person) endorsong this trashing of separation of church & state:
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council Action
Lou Engle, Founder and President, The Call to Conscience
Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family Action
Dr. James Dobson, Founder, Focus on the Family Action
Shirley Dobson, National Day of Prayer Task Force Chairman
Hon. Sam Brownback, United States Senator, Kansas
Hon. Jim DeMint, United States Senator, South Carolina
Hon. Randy Forbes, United States House of Representatives, Virginia
Hon. Michele Bachmann, United States House of Representatives, Minnesota
Bishop Harry Jackson, President, High Impact Leadership Coalition
Pastor Jim Garlow, Skyline Church, San Diego, Calif.
Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Leadership Conference
…AND just sum things up…
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) also appeared, and DeMint asked for God to change the Democratic Senators’ minds. “Whether they’ve been mesmerized by the president or just convinced somehow in their own heart,” said DeMint, “we just need to pray that God’ll channel their hearts to realize that the exceptional nature of this country did not come from government control of everything, but from limited government, and a free people with Judeo-Christian principles, that created the character and integrity that made this country work.”
The event ended with a 30-minute continuous prayer by various speakers. “Give kings sleepless nights across America,” Engle implored passionately. “Lord, break into their hearts while they sleep tonight.”
Lord!…these people are effin’ freaks! So what is it? You tell me.
Then I have this GEM of an offering by Oral Roberts his-own-self. What a twisted “man-of-god”…
That is for tomorrow….I am getting myself to wound up…sanctimony…that’s ALL I’m sayin’…