The religious right never goes down without a fight, and given the dwindling chance that their candidates, Sarah Palin and John McCain, can win the White House, they’re taking the fight to extreme new levels. Prominent figures are comparing supporters of Sen. Barack Obama to the Nazis, warning that God will condemn Americans if they don’t vote for McCain, accusing Obama’s family of witchcraft and foretelling a future when Christianity is criminalized by an Obama administration. Are you prepared forObamageddon?
Perhaps the most controversial essay in the final week of the election season comes from the evangelical news outlet, World Net Daily. Under the screaming headline, “Ex-Hitler youth compares Obama to Nazi rise,” Hilmar von Campe goes on a Godwinesque diatribe:
The Democratic Party, with the leadership of Obama, the Clintons, Reid, Pelosi and comrades, is an illegitimate party that is destroying the Constitution – which leads to spiritual, political and economic disaster. It is illegitimate because of policy principles like abortion and also Darwinism being taught in schools.
Having grown up in the godless totalitarian Nazi society, it is appalling for me to watch that in America, politicians can speak of their “Christian faith” and at the same time make abortion, same-sex marriage and homosexuality their party policy. Democrats are not fit for American constitutional government.
While most examples of Obamageddon where not as extreme, they still prophesy disaster at the hands of God if McCain is not president.
Charisma, a magazine targeted at Pentecostals, recently endorsed McCain saying, “[I]f Sen. Barack Obama is elected, life as we know it in many ways will end… [W]e must pray and work — before it’s too late — to see that Obama is not elected.”
Religious right and political gadlfy Gary Bauer subtly warned that an Obama presidency meant that “God could take his hand of protection off of America.” Terrorist attacks and economic ruin would be God’s punishment on the nation.
James Dobson of Focus on the Family, never one to be outdone for over-the-top theocratic zeal, put out a 16-page “fictional” guide to what will happen to America by 2012 if Obama is elected. Here are a few excerpts:
The Boy Scouts no longer exist as an organization. They chose to disband rather than be forced to obey the Supreme Court decision that they would have to hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys.
Tens of thousands of Christian teachers either quit or were fired, and there are hardly any evangelical teachers in public schools any more.
The Bible can no longer be freely preached over radio or television stations when the subject matter includes such “offensive” doctrines as homosexual conduct or the claim that people will go to hell if they do not believe in Jesus Christ.
[T]elevision programs at all hours of the day now contain explicit portrayals of sexual acts.
Since 2009 terrorist bombs have exploded in two large and two small U.S. cities, killing hundreds, and the entire country is now fearful, for no place seems safe. President Obama in each case has vowed “to pursue and arrest and prosecute those responsible,” but no arrests have yet been made.
When did this all start? Christians share a lot of the blame. In 2008 many evangelicals thought that Senator Obama was an opportunity for a “change,” and they voted for him. They simply did not realize Obama’s far-left agenda would take away many of our freedoms as a nation, perhaps permanently. Christians did not realize that by electing Barack Obama, the most liberal member ever to serve in the U.S. Senate, they would allow the law, in the hands of a liberal Congress and Supreme Court, to become a great instrument of oppression.
ValuesVotersUsa.com, a consortium of religious right entities, released this video to persuade Christian voters that their own economic self-interest must take a backseat to abortion and homosexuality at the polls this year.
“The purpose of the video is to demonstrate there are more concerning issues at stake during this election other than gas prices and the economy,” read the introduction to pastors who might wish to show this video to their congregations:
Perhaps one of the most curious accusation in the final days of the election comes from Jim Bramlett, who has worked for religious right powerhouses including Pat Robertson and the Campus Crusade for Christ. He claims to have found “evidence” that Obama’s relatives put a curse on McCain and Palin, and that’s why the Republicans are down in the polls:
THIS IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS.
Minutes ago I spoke with friend Dr. Norman G. Marvin, M.D. and he is so concerned at what he has learned about Barack Obama’s family in Kenya that he is calling a special prayer meeting in his home to pray against the witchcraft curses attempted by them against John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Dr. Marvin sent me the below e-mail from Flo Ellers. Flo is credentialed with the International Fellowship of Ministries which is based in Washington State. She is also a member of EndTime Handmaidens and Servants of Jasper, Arkansas.
IF YOU KNOW HOW TO DO SPIRITUAL WARFARE, PLEASE PRAY TODAY AND CONTINUALLY THAT ALL SUCH CURSES BE BROKEN AND SATAN’S PLAN FOR AMERICA BE DEFEATED, IN JESUS’ NAME. PRAY AND COVER MCCAIN AND PALIN WITH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DO SPIRITUAL WARFARE, IT IS TIME YOU LEARN!!!
And do-it-yourself religious righties are creating their own bizarre campaigns. South Carolina journalist Linda Hansen documents a series of e-mails making the rounds in the South.
“God is not schizophrenic, he would not tell one person to vote for Obama and another to vote for McCain…For all my friends who are voting for Obama, can you really look God in the face and say; Father, based on your works I am voting for Obama even though…abortion…liberal judges making laws that are against you…homosexual rights, even though you destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for this.”
The religious right is already gearing up for the massive culture war sure to come with an Obama presidency. Bill Donahue of the Catholic League told Reuters on Sunday, “I’ve been on the phone the last couple of days with some of my friends … and we’re getting ready for the biggest culture war battles ever.”
The Southern Baptist Convention agreed. “An Obama victory will galvanize social conservatives for 2010 and 2012 and they will look for a standard bearer they can rally around,” said Richard Land, who runs the public policy wing of the SBC.
That standard bearer will be Sarah Palin, says Lund. And for good reason. Palin told James Dobson last week that she is sure that God will do the right thing and put her and McCain in the White House. “And it also strengthens my faith because I know at the end of the day putting this in God’s hands, the right thing for America will be done, at the end of the day on Nov. 4,” she said.