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Kansas Speaker Responds to Faithful America Petition

January 17, 2012, 4:12 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

Kansas House Speaker Mike O'NealAfter Kansas Speaker of the House Mike O’Neal forwarded an email invoking Scripture to pray for President Obama’s death, people of faith across the country quickly condemned this reprehensible exploitation of faith.

Over 25,000 people have now signed Faithful America’s petition calling on Speaker O’Neal to resign, and Kansas media outlets are asking O’Neal about his comments.

In an Associated Press story, Speaker O’Neal finally responded to the controversy with a classic non-apology apology.

“I understand the debate over the verse interpretation, about which I have explained and for which I have repeatedly apologized to the extent anyone misconstrued my intent or was otherwise offended”

Unfortunately for Speaker O’Neal, there’s no real debate about the verse. His email asked readers to go look up Psalm 109:8, so surely he opened the Bible and saw that the “may his days be few in number” verse is followed immediately by “may his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.”

That Speaker O’Neal knowingly sent around and endorsed a verse that is obviously about the death of a political leader shows a tremendous lack of judgment that his evasive half-hearted apology only further confirms.

One Response to “Kansas Speaker Responds to Faithful America Petition”

  1. Speaker O’Neil: By seemingly to endorse a prayer for the death of the president you acted despicably and against every tenet of Christian faith I, as a clergyman, uphold. No true Christian can support you act. It suggests an un-Christian attitude and implies a depth of immorality that you, as a politician, should condemn. Conservatism once had an honorable place in American politics but you and others like you and those to whom you prostitute yourself have made it a symbol of shameful zealotry directed — I suspect — against the changes wrought by the Civil Rights Movement and other efforts to make this nation more just and equitable. May God forgive you, truly just men will find it difficult!