Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More old news: God letting the side down

This is really too good not to post, even if it is past its sell-by date. It was a comment made by a certain Pastor Arnold Conrad at a rally for John McCain in Iowa:
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.


Chris said...

So, not dead then? :)

The display of theological and religious ignorance in this prayer really boggles the mind.

Does Pastor Conrad think that Buddha is a god, or that Buddhists pray to Buddha? (Well, I suppose Mahayana Buddhists might...) That Hindu is the name of a god? And is he trying to shame God into making McCain win?

And if he believes that God intervenes in political affairs, does not Obama's victory give him pause for thought?

The trouble with the religious right in the US isn't that they are religious, nor that they are right-wing, but rather that they really aren't very clued up about their own religion and theology, let alone anyone else!

Anyway, glad to know you are still out there!

Theophrastus said...

Well, as someone once pointed out, fundamentalism is a theory of reading - a very stupid theory of reading. Don't know if this particular pastor was a signed-up fundamentalist, mind you, but sounds to be a few frames short of a full reel.

I also thought it was supposed to be the people that chose the President, not God almighty. Shows what I know, eh? Or does this mean, gasp, that God is a pinko?

Chris said...

I think the traditional belief in the US is that "God moves through the people" to determine a President. :)

Which, I might add, appears to have happened in this case. >:)

I quite liked McCain, but really, enough is enough.