From The Washington Examiner:
Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal is under fire after asking Republican House members to pray for President Barack Obama’s death. O’Neal made the request via an email he forwarded to GOP colleagues in the House. In an email sent in December, O’Neal asked his fellow Republicans to pray Psalm 109 . . .
News of the email is a sad commentary on Republican politics in Kansas. In addition, the email prayer request indicates an astonishing disregard and disrespect for the office of the presidency. For a government official to pray for the death of President Obama, and encourage other government officials to do the same, is not only morally reprehensible, it is also treason.
From a Christian perspective, this is an abomination. According to Judeo-Christian belief, God is the Author of Life and Christians additionally believe that Jesus Christ died and rose again so that we might live forever. To pray to a Creator who so clearly hates death for the death of anyone is audaciously sinful. Speaker O’Neal needs to worry more about the condition of his own soul and less about others’.
From a secular perspective, while this may not in fact be treason threatening the life of the president is a class D felony punishable by a maximum of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Whether O’Neal’s insidious e-mail constitutes a threat to the president’s life will be up to the justice system, but that O’Neal has at a minimum danced on the line of a class D felony should be more than enough to see him ousted from office. And personally, I would like to see him behind bars. If you disagree with President Obama, the proper way to express that is to work for his electoral defeat — not to pray for his death, and certainly not publicly.
One final thought: What’s up with Kansas? For those who haven’t been paying attention, the Sunflower State is also home to Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church — you know, the freaks who run around the country protesting, including at military funerals, with signs that say things like “God Hates Fags.” I tend to avoid generalizing about an entire state, but it seems to me that many Kansans are practicing a form of “Christianity” that most Americans wouldn’t even begin to recognize. Memo to Kansans: A “god” who enjoys death and damnation isn’t a god at all. He’s that other guy.