We Pray in Public (and Sometimes Torture in Private): Fox News Goes After Barack Obama for Not Praying or Torturing Enough

Barack Obama simply doesn’t pray or torture enough for the folks at FOX News. If Obama would just pray and torture more, we would have back the America we all know and love!

On FOX News today is a truly noxious discussion of “prayer” that seeks to make public displays of religiosity a test of a politician’s moral bearings. Not ending torture, mind you, but praying in public:

Not that I’m all that keen on quoting Jesus, but here’s something that he supposedly said when he was alive (from the sixth chapter of Matthew, verses 5-8):

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

I don’t like Jesus’s sexist designation of God as a “father,” nor his creepy blanket dismissiveness of Jews and pagans as the evil “others” who don’t do religious things “right,” but his point would seem to contra-indicate the practice of public prayer for those who call themselves “Christian.” Of course, under cover of defaming Obama, and not from any real concern for prayer or moral behavior (such as not torturing people), the FOX News crew is simply scoring points for their right-wing “team,” and framing it in faux pious terms. And it is truly nauseating to watch the Barbie-girl—who obviously spent more time on her hair and make-up this morning than on her knees—feign earnestly about Obama’s blasphemous and anti-American presidency.

When will Jesus come again and clear the FOX News temple with a whip?

Or would that be torture?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to We Pray in Public (and Sometimes Torture in Private): Fox News Goes After Barack Obama for Not Praying or Torturing Enough

  1. ubuntucat says:

    Jesus is decidedly not conservative.

    In the words of a bumper sticker I once saw: The Christian Right is wrong

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