Focus on Family calls for members to pray for rain of "Biblical proportions" during Obama's Democratic National Convention speech...and the Republican National Convention gets curtailed by a hurricane.
You've got to love when God shows that he's listening.
Yes! Thank you very much!!
Good point! I didn't even think about that.
It is unfortunate that political extremists would ever pray for disaster. Shame on Focus For Family. Though I'm a Republican, I find it very mean-spirited and juvenile to wish an opponent ill during an election, especially since free elections are one of the many things that make America so great. On that note, I sure wouldn't say "Amen" to a storm that "curtailed the RNC" especially to the tune of lost lives and homes. A "bibilical" catastrophe should never be requested, and when one does occur, shame on the people who say, "Way to go Gustav, way to get those Republicans!" since hurricanes, as far as I know, don't spare people or property based on race, creed, wealth, or political affiliations. I'm sorry Ashley for being Debbie Downer, because I do enjoy your blog so much, but the comments on this post really made me sad. I understand your post commenting on the irony of it all, but I will have to respectfully disagree that there is anything remotely entertaining about a hurricane, ever. Especially since I live on the coast of South Carolina and Hanna is heading our way, and Charleston is no stranger to devastating storms, like Hugo for example.
I think the Amen was to the irony of it all. No one is entertained that there was a catastrophe of Biblical proportions, but it is interesting to say the least that this hugely religious organization actually prayed to God for rain of biblical proportions during the opposing candidates shining moment and instead got it during their own. I'm thinking God doesn't appreciate the waste of his time or the mean-spiritedness of it all.
Republicans will defend ANYTHING. ANYTHING when it comes to their own. Ashley lives in South Florida, I'm pretty sure she's familiar with catastrophic hurricanes and doesn't find them entertaining. The irony however is very entertaining. I hadn't heard of this, thanks for pointing it out Ash.
I fail to see what responses were so saddening. It is ironic, no? Even more ironic, had it happened during Obama's speech they would have taken it as proof that God is on their side. It happens during their own and they quickly take down the video and try to say they were being funny. How funny to pray for catastrophic weather!!! I'm a Republican too and the responses didn't sadden me at all. These people are nut jobs and deserved not the hurricane, but the ironic answer to their prayers.
Interesting is one way to describe it I suppose. I personally detest these "religious" groups that hide behind the Bible. It is like hurling insults in the schoolyard while standing behind your Mama to protect you. Slimy.
Yes and they often end up finding themselves in hypocritical situations as a result of the high standards of the shield they use. I agree fundamentalist ANYTHING is bad and I'm no Bible expert by any means but I'm guessing if you're praying for catastrophes for people you dislike, you might need to re-read it.
I also think it's interesting they chose to take it down so quickly and wonder if they would have reacted the same if their prayers had been answered...
They are so weird aren't they? All of this worship of war and the looks on all the Stepford faces when Sarah talked about how the boogie man would raise their taxes. Same old same old. Boo!
I was waiting for Sarah to come up with something of substance but all I heard were pot shots. One after another.
I did cry though. But this convention my tears were for her baby who was being dragged around a stadium full of thousands of cheering and clapping people while he was trying to sleep at 10:30 at night. I cried because most babies would be having a fit, but true to form for a Downs, they just sit there so sweetly and take it all.
Ok. I'm crying again.
She is shit in my world.
My response was definitely about the irony. Unlike the folks at Focus on the Family, I would NEVER pray for destruction. I would NEVER have the audacity to ask God to bring devistation on anyone...those flood waters that were called upon for the DNC would have brought major damage to Denver (what about those folks?). It is unbelieveable to me that a group that should uphold the mission and ministry of Christ would continually forget to show love and grace. Thankfully, God is still true to God's nature and remembers to love us and offer us grace, no matter what (especially when we're stupid!).
I've been a reader of Ashley's blog for a very long time, since she made her debut on Monogram Momma's blog, and I am well aware of the fact that she lives in Florida and deals quite frequently with the tropics. And I didn't think I defended the video or the group's posting of it, or their subsequent back tracking and insincere apologies. I believe I said shame on them. And it would have been funnier had it simply rained and caused SNAFUs instead of terrible flooding and loss of life.
Of course they took it down quickly, because someone in the organization saw the stupidity and the complete insensitivity in it, and I can just imagine the backlash had it actually happened. They would have been vilified, and rightly so. This group sounds like it is populated with people that give you that "God Loves You, but He Love Me More" smile, and are normally the most hypocritical creeps out there.
And here I thought you didn't believe in God.
Really? You thought I didn't believe in God?? I very much believe in God. Mainstream religion makes me nervous and sometimes I have a hard time really grasping the Jesus thing, but I do want to believe. God is totally my homeboy, I call him whenever I need something ;-)
Mel, I went through Hugo. I remember how bad it was, and Hannah is predicted to hit me on Friday.
I know Ashley wasn't downplaying the destruction that this Hurricane left.
She was just trying to point out the irony. Yes, bittersweet irony, but it's there, none the less.
I wish I knew what "God" was, but I'm with you Ashley.
I hear people say that the focus on family freak needs to go... I say let them all stay. They make people think and Republican voters need to do some serious soul searching this November.
Shame on them...I mean really, isn't the goal to keep religion OUT of politics??!! Geez...my Father and his wife are a part of that group...it's a shame they felt the need to drag G O D into it...maybe they are scared...hmmm
Yeah, thanks for that, Focus on the Family. As is Conservative Christians don't have to fight against the stereotype of being batcrap crazy everyday already....they have to go and BE the stereotype. Honestly.
They were complete and total fucktards for doing that. This pretty much proved that at least.
I didn't read this until now- very ironic!
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