Author Emily Dietle
My focus is on state-church separation & social issues. I'm an avid reader, and feel that one of our most valuable tools is the free movement of information and ideas. | @emilyhasbooks
The first news story I read today has me fuming. The article, from @JoeMyGod, shares a story about two emails from Kansas politician. The first email was in poor taste, referring to Mrs. Obama as “Mrs. YoMama,” the second was treasonous.
Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal, from the city of Hutchison, sent an email before Christmas that compared the president’s wife to the Dr. Seuss character The Grinch, with a tagline asking: “Twins separated at birth?”
O’Neal had forward another email which referenced the Bible verse Psalm 109:8, which reads: “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” The very next verse adds: “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”
To top it off, O’Neal added his own closure to the second email:
“At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president!” O’Neal wrote. “Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!”
Apparently, O’Neal has since made an apology, albeit an insincere, legal “apology” and it was only in reference to the first email. He claims, “I forwarded it too quickly, missing the text included in the body of the mail.” Can you say bullshit?
Hate from the GOP is not new, and neither is using the Bible to support their abhorrent views. This email incident is just another example of how the “holy” books are malignant, vile works. The continual use and reference to such filth inspires and reinforces bigotry, hate, and violence.
Let me make a 2012 prediction of my own: criticism of Speaker O’Neal’s hate-filled email will be labeled an “attack” and those of us criticizing him that are atheists will be called “mean spirited.” Such a response wouldn’t be unprecedented. If you want to label me “angry” or “mean” for openly criticizing an individual’s hatred, so be it. I’d rather be an “angry atheist” than apathetic. Can I get an AMEN?
Category: Atheism & Religion