Yet another McCain rally gets, ah, wierd.
This just in (from the AP wire):
Unhelpful for establishing the tone McCain sought in Davenport was the Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the. His prayer before McCain arrived at the convention center blocks from the Mississippi River appeared to dismiss faiths other than Christianity and cast the election as a referendum on God himself.
“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,” Conrad said.
“And Lord, I pray that you would 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,” he said.
Apparently, in the minds of at least some McCain supporters, Obama v. McCain is a showdown akin to the priests of Baal v. the One True God.
Below is a painting depicting the competition between the priests of Baal and the priests of Yahweh (from I Kings in the Bible). In their competition to see who could successfully pray down the consumption of a sacrifice, the priests of Yahweh win, and fire drops from heaven. King Jehu then has the priests of Baal slaughtered (this is depicted in the background behind the river):