At McCain event, Iowa pastor apparently wants Jesus to honor his own name by defeating Obama

Iowa Independent liveblogged McCain’s campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. Why McCain is campaigning in Iowa defies explanation. That state is out of his grasp, but hey, if the brain trust at McCain HQ wants him there, who are we to argue? Anyway, check out the disturbing invocation:

The invocation is interesting, as I hear keyboards going all around me:

“There are plenty of people around the world who are praying to their god, be they Hindu, Buddah, or Allah, that (McCain’s) opponent wins. I pray that you step forward and honor your own name.” Ends with “in Jesus’ name.”

Wow. McCain does not appear to have been here yet to catch that, but wow. The preacher’s name appears to be a Pastor Conrad of the Evangelical Free Church.

Wow is right. I’m sure Jesus perked right up when he heard that one. The way these right wingers bastardize and politicize religion is just beyond the pale. And, the veiled hate-mongering doesn’t seem all that Christian either.

UPDATE: Think Progress has more of the “prayer.” It gets even worse. The pastor wants Jesus to protect his own reputation by defeating Obama:

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.


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