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Christianity Johnson on 16 Nov 2008 03:14 am

Has anyone else noticed that Obama’s victory is driving religious republicans insane?

Do you have any deeply religious friends? If so, have you noticed that some of them have been driven close to the point of insanity by Obama’s victory? They will say things about Obama that seem far removed from the confines of rational thought. They may also be stocking up on guns.

In the public sphere, Rush Limbaugh is one person who displays this insanity. For example:

Obama Recession in Full Swing

The Obama recession is in full swing, ladies and gentlemen. Stocks are dying, which is a precursor of things to come. This is an Obama recession. Might turn into a depression. He hasn’t done anything yet but his ideas are killing the economy. His ideas are killing Wall Street….

He hasn’t even passed anything yet. The truth about this is, the markets work six to nine months ahead. Everybody in the market is trying to figure out where we’re going to be six to nine months ahead. They’re selling and they’re getting out. That 4,000-point drop, that was also due to Obama.

Blaming the 4,000 point drop in the stock market on Obama is a sign of insanity. Calling it the “Obama recession” is insanity. Obama isn’t even in office yet.

Here is a republican congressman:

Georgia congressman warns of Obama dictatorship

Look at some of the statements made in this article:

– A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist or fascist dictatorship.

– Broun said he also believes Obama likely will move to ban gun ownership if he does build a national police force.

– “We can’t be lulled into complacency,” Broun said. “You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I’m not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I’m saying is there is the potential.”

These are prominent people. They are speaking in public. They say things that sound, well, insane.

More examples:

Priest: No Communion for Obama voters

Idaho students chant ‘assassinate Obama’ on school bus: Report

BR gun stores see sales spike:

McClain said this unease is fueled by charges — some leveled by the McCain/Palin campaign directly and others that circulated on the Internet — that Obama, who is Christian, is a Muslim, has ties to terrorists and is insufficiently patriotic.

“It makes people uneasy about the future of our free country,” he said, “myself included.”

Why does Obama cause such incredible angst for Christians? Anyone know?

14 Responses to “Has anyone else noticed that Obama’s victory is driving religious republicans insane?”

  1. on 16 Nov 2008 at 4:37 am 1.Anon said …

    Election spurs ‘hundreds’ of race threats, crimes


    Potok, who is white, said he believes there is “a large subset of white people in this country who feel that they are losing everything they know, that the country their forefathers built has somehow been stolen from them.”

    Grant Griffin, a 46-year-old white Georgia native, expressed similar sentiments: “I believe our nation is ruined and has been for several decades and the election of Obama is merely the culmination of the change.”

  2. on 16 Nov 2008 at 8:45 am 2.Hermes said …

    ‘Race’ issues are a core problem in the US. What put it in perspective for me is something that many people who are bigoted reject; human evolution and how minor and short-term it actually has been.

    For example, though it’s a bit dated (2003), here’s a good overview of comparatively human origins going back about 160,000 years (~8,000 generations) and how they dispersed across the planet;


    The whole ‘curse of Ham’ myth has compounded this and made it systemic and ‘cultural’. The Greeks could not have written a better family tragedy.

  3. on 16 Nov 2008 at 8:56 am 3.Hermes said …

    Remember what happened to Clinton (white, southern state) … and what didn’t happen in comparison to Bush. Race is just spice for the hate stew. The fact that a Democrat is in office is the problem. As a registered Republican, I’m ashamed of my party’s behavior and associations.

  4. on 16 Nov 2008 at 7:48 pm 4.3D said …

    > Why does Obama cause such incredible
    > angst for Christians? Anyone know?

    He’s black.

    This has been another installment of Short Answers to Simple Questions.

  5. on 16 Nov 2008 at 8:47 pm 5.Hermes said …

    Clinton wasn’t.

  6. on 17 Nov 2008 at 12:45 am 6.Anon said …

    Former SNL Member Victoria Jackson: Obama A “Communist,” Like “Castro In Cuba, The Guy In China” (VIDEO)

  7. on 17 Nov 2008 at 6:09 am 7.GotMooo said …

    It’s just great to know that millions of Americans are going to (already do) think that our president is a Muslim terrorist (and perhaps Anti-Christ) set out to destroy the country that these conservatives love so much.

    I guess anything to hold us back and keep us fighting so we can never get SHIT done.

  8. on 17 Nov 2008 at 6:10 am 8.GotMooo said …

    A 2 party system, what a pain in the ass…

  9. on 18 Nov 2008 at 10:04 am 9.anonymous said …

    I disagree with everything said on this website about Christianity but not on the issue of racism. Go ahead, Johnson ask the question. What’s wrong with my Christian brothers and sisters accepting a black president?

    I wish some of them could read what atheists think about them here so that they can really be ashamed of themselves.

    These are the issues people look at whether we are really displaying the love of Christ or not. You cannot claim to love God whom you have not seen and then have a problem with someone being your president just because he is different. It would be understandable if it were unbelievers who had an issue with Obama’s victory, but Christians?

    Guys don’t you realize that these issues are driving people further and further away from Christ? Shouldn’t we be an example? Shame on you!!

    I say to all the racist Christians they should double check their right standing with God because there are issues of racism that need to be fixed.Clean up your act, please, you are embarrassing the rest of us and what we stand for.

  10. on 18 Nov 2008 at 12:51 pm 10.anonymous said …

    I understand somehow why people refuse to accept Jesus, it is because they do not see much of a difference between Christians and themselves and sometimes find our behavior unacceptable.

    As Mahatma Gandhi once said when asked why he did not want to become a Christian, “I too will become a Christian, when I meet a Christian like Jesus.”

    Goes to show how very few of us really represent Jesus. I pray for myself and other believers like myself to see this as a wake-up call.

  11. on 18 Nov 2008 at 9:00 pm 11.Anon said …

    Kansas Preacher Pushes Obama Muslim Message

    The sign at Spirit One Christian Center reads, “America we have a Muslim president. This is sin against the Lord. Ex 20:3”

  12. on 18 Nov 2008 at 9:32 pm 12.Gern Blansten said …

    It seems that some states routinely harbor backward thinking. I can say that because I’m from Texas!

  13. on 23 Nov 2008 at 8:08 am 13.Lori M said …

    I was so proud when Obama pulled ahead in the race for the presidency. I felt a rush of warmth infuse my heart, and I thought, “what a long way we’ve come.”
    Now, with every passing moment I spend reading various and sundry bits online, it’s getting harder and harder to feel pride in being American. I feel as though I’m submerged in an oily bath of hatred that will never wash off, and knowing it’s from fellow native Americans is the worst knowledge of all. I feel as though I never knew the truth about my fellow countrymen ’til now, and it’s awful. No one has even enough manners to keep their hateful thoughts to themselves. I’m ashamed of my countrymen.

  14. on 23 Nov 2008 at 1:52 pm 14.Hermes said …

    I’m hoping that the active bigotry is an expression of the hate being slowly purged as the old die off and the young figure out the hypocrisy of the euphemistically named ‘traditional values’.

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