Fear Not Libs, the Religious Right is Prayin' for Your Soul!
A conservative Christian organization affiliated with Jerry Falwell's Liberty University has decided to take a less partisan and more prayerful approach to the "radically liberal" age of Obama. The Liberty Council, a nonprofit that defends religious liberties, is encouraging its supporters to "Adopt a Liberal" and "pray earnestly and intensely for them."
Liberty's prayer list of liberals includes Democrats and Republicans -- President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but also California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Sure, this confuses politics and religion. And, yes, it reinforces the idea that one's ideological opponents not only hold different opinions, but are fundamentally flawed as human beings -- with damaged souls in need of divine intervention. As such, it no doubt feeds, in some small way at least, the growth of eliminationism on the right.
But, hey, I'm all for it. I figure it keeps these folks off the streets and out of trouble.
PS: the "religious left" -- or at least Sojourners' Jim Wallis -- isn't above praying for its ideological opponents to change their ways, presumably with similar effect.