Steven Waldman

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I know that analyzing a joke makes it lose its humor but that prayer from the McCain Iowa rally is so amazing on so many levels it keeps coming back at me. To recap, Rev. Arnold Conrad, said:

“I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god–whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah–that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons…And Lord, I pray that you will guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their God is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and election day.”

First, you have the assumption that Obama is the candidate of the non-Christian Gods, which means he’s not only a terrorist-loving anti-American , but anti-Elohim. Earlier accounts had Obama as the anti-Christ, so perhaps being the representative of Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism is a step up.
Then there’s the assertion that when it comes to Godlineess, size does matter.
Most amazing is this notion that the heavens are sort of like a high school cafeteria, with different gods strutting around, trying to burnish their reputations and win over followers. You don’t want to get dissed because once that happens your followers will lose respect. As my teenage son, Joe, might put it, “you got pwned, Yahweh!”
I might think of this as an anomoly except I remembered General William G. “Jerry” Boykin the senior Pentagon counter-terrorism official who recounted the time he chased down a Muslim Somali warlord who was bragging that the Americans would not capture him because Allah would protect him. “My God is bigger than his God. I knew my God was a real God, and his was an idol,” Boykin said.

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