Here, listen to this sermon from “Pastor” Stephen L. Anderson, who proudly titles it “Why I Hate Barack Obama,” and feel awful for the state of the religious Right. Anderson actually says:
"I’m going to tell you something. I hate Barack Obama. You say, well, you just mean you don’t like what he stands for. No, I hate the person. Oh, you mean you just don’t like his policies. No, I hate him. … I am not going to pray for his good. I am going to pray that he dies and goes to hell. … What goes around comes around. You love violence. You hate that which is right." Et cetera, et cetera. (Better reporting on the incident here.)
Amid a handful of concerning trends – 15 percent of people don’t have any health insurance, Americans are spendthrift, our government has tortured people – there is a very good spot for some compassion and empathy in policymaking. Those on the religious Right are more equipped than people like me, who think the Bible is historical fiction, to sort out how policy should address misgivings that are morally inexcusable.
Someone please convince me this isn’t the prevailing mindset of devout Republicans.