Kansas GOP House Speaker Urges Prayers for President Obama's Death, Then Denies It

Kansas GOP House Speaker Urges Prayers for President Obama's Death, Then Denies It

Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R) is under fire for forwarding an email about President Obama that contained Psalm 109, a prayer for the death

 of a leader which says, among other things, to let his wife be a widow and his children fatherless beggers that no one extends kindness to.  It’s pretty harsh. The verse became popular after President Obama’s election but conservatives defending it insist it’s tongue in cheek.

Not surprisingly, O’Neal’s email caused quite an uproar along with demands he resign. He has refused, saying the passage was used only to refer to his days in office and insisting he was not calling for the president’s death. Most people aren’t buying it and neither am I. After what happened to Gabrielle Giffords, it’s beyond irresponsible to toss around dangerous speech like that, and let’s not forget that the president’s daughters are more than old enough to be able to hear and read what’s being said about their father. I don’t know if Speaker O’Neal has a family but if he does I am sure he would not appreciate having such prayers said about him!

Seriously folks, if you don’t like the man’s politics, personality, or skin color, that’s your prerogative. You’re entitled to your opinions, even if many would be disgusted by them. However you are not entitled to publicly wish death on him or pain and hardship on his family. You are not entitled to indirectly incite violence. That’s when free speech goes to far. Stop wasting so much time spreading hate and instead use that time to do something truly productive like finding compromises and working together to improve the economy, create jobs, fix the health care system, and make this country better than ever.