‘You Better Not Be Praying Over There, Grandma,’ Big Brother Obama Says

God damn America.  God damn AmericaGod damn AmericaGod damn AmericaGOD DAMN AMERICA:

Via Publius Forum:

Big Brother says elderly visitors to federally funded meals at a Georgia senior citizen’s center aren’t allowed to pray to that absurd, dangerous Christian God of theirs. Obama’s Big Brother government contends that since it has paid for their meals the government has the right to slam its iron boot heel down on the necks of those seasoned citizens that dare to engage in such an apostasy toward the state.  Seem absurd? Well it is but that is what happens when the feds roll into town and begin to hand out money. They feel the right to dictate what everyone is allowed or not allowed to do and in the case of Port Wentworth’s Ed Young Senior Citizens Center near Savannah that is to tell these old folks that they are not allowed to pray before a meal.

There are federal “guidelines” to observe, after all and the federal government’s rules say none of that ridiculous Christian stuff will go on if the feds supply even a penny of funding. Old folks that want to pray are banned from doing so and if they don’t like it, why they can go hungry because the new Uncle Sam is a crusader against religion.

Well, at least one religion, anyway.

You see, while Obama’s federal government is ever ready to get tough with Georgia’s elderly and to put a stop to all that praying nonsense, it is also the same government that at federal expense is installing ritual footbaths in airports and universities to mollify Muslims. Not only that but the same federal government sees no reason to stop bombers from easily boarding planes so that they can make an escape to a foreign nation after a failed attempt to kill untold hundreds of Americans. But damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead to prevent those dangerous old folks in the middle of Georgia from daring to pray to that subversive Christian God!

The nerve of those elderly Americans daring to observe their Christian cultural heritage, a heritage that helped build this country. It’s an outrage, don’t you think? So, it’s freedom from religion as far as Obama’s government is concerned. I mean these old folks are probably as dangerous to the state as can be! Thank Gaia that Obama is quashing their subversive activities.

Praise be it to the state, thanks be to The One, and pass the potatoes. The Obammessiah shall provide all our wants. But, remind me… has he walked on water yet?

How did it come to this?

It wasn’t always this way.  Look how we got our start toward greatness from the most desperate of beginnings:

What is this painting about?

The picture you see here was painted to recall that winter of 1777-78, at the lowest, most hopeless and discouraging time in our revolutionary war. For the struggling Americans had been defeated by the mighty British army in battle after battle, and were fast losing all hope. It was at such a time that General Washington humbly beseeched his God for the strength and the resolution to endure…  The Prayer at Valley Forge” was painted to serve the cause of liberty, to remind Americans of the deep spiritual roots of our beloved country, to recall a place of cold, and pain and sacrifice, to pay tribute to the tall and lonely man who alone held the struggling nation together, General Washington, driven to his knees there in the bitter snows of Valley Forge.

And now the president of God damn America won’t even allow senior citizens to thank their God for their meal.

I wrote an article the night Obama took the election.  I wouldn’t change a word of it: “Obama Wins!  God Damn America!

Obama said he’d transform America.  And he has.  Now it’s a country where American high school boys can’t wear the colors of the American flag in a public high school even as hundreds of Latinos wear the colors of the Mexican flag all around them.  Now it’s a country where senior citizens can’t pray in the name of Jesus while public money is used to erect Muslim footbaths.  Now it’s a country that seeks a “regime change” in Israel, a country that seeks to strip nuclear weapons from Israel, even as Obama praised the “robust debate” that led to the sham Ahmadinejad victory and meekly allows Iran to develop nuclear weapons.  Now it’s a country in which Barack Obama pisses away $862 billion dollars and only 6% of the American people think it did any good.  Now it’s a country in which an increase in unemployment to 9.9% and an increase in the broader U-6 Unemployment rate is “very encouraging.”

God damn America is a place where wrong is right, and right is wrong.

It certainly isn’t a place where a defeated and desperate general – driven to his knees in the midst of a losing war against an empire so powerful that the sun never set on it – would be able to pray a prayer that would rock the world.  That’s not the kind of “change” that would be tolerated today.

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6 Responses to “‘You Better Not Be Praying Over There, Grandma,’ Big Brother Obama Says”

  1. Etaoin Shrdlu Says:

    You’d better check your sources more carefully. All you’ve done is repeat some “backyard gossip”. Neither the Federal government, nor even the State government, was to blame for this one. The blame belongs to a private contractor who misunderstood the law in this are (that happens a lot), and then tried to blame its error on a State (not Federal) policy that may not actually exist.

  2. Etaoin Shrdlu Says:

    Oh, and by the way, the bit about “Washington’s prayer at Valley Forge” has been pretty much exploded as a fable. The source is one “Parson Weems” who actually wasn’t a parson, and who made up numerous stories about Washington (yes, alas, including the one about the cherry tree).

    Don’t get me wrong, Washington was a religious man, but he certainly was no fundamentalist either. In fact, he never publicly took communion.

  3. Michael Eden Says:

    This article lays out the issues rather straightforwardly.

    It begins thus:

    PrayerChances are the folks frequenting the Ed Young Senior Citizens Center in Port Wentworth, Georgia never imagined they would see the day when they would be told they were violating the Constitution by saying grace before meals. But that’s what happened last Thursday. Because the meals are provided with federal money, praying over the food is considered a violation of what is commonly referred to as the separation of church and state. So the prayer that was usually said before meals at the center was dropped in favor of a moment of silence.

    Senior Citizens, Inc. provides the meals for the center under a contract with the city of Port Wentworth, near Savannah. The meals cost about $6 a plate, but the seniors pay only 55 cents, with the federal government picking up the tab for the rest. The company’s vice president, Tim Rutherford, told the Associated Press that members of his staff visited the center recently and noticed people praying just before lunch was served. The “moment of silence” was introduced to avoid a potential conflict with federal authorities.

    “We can’t scoff at their rules,” Rutherford said. “It’s part of the operational guidelines.” The policy has stirred up a bit of a ruckus in the city and Rutherford feels his company is being unfairly blamed. “It’s interpreted that we’re telling people that they can’t pray, but we aren’t saying that,” he said. “We’re asking them to pray to themselves. Have that moment of silence.” But Mayor Glenn “Pig” Jones is anything but silent over his anger at having senior citizens of his city told they may not pray aloud at the center.

    “It was one of the hardest things I ever did as mayor is to look those people in the eyes and ask them to be patient with me and honor their God in a moment of silence until I can have a resolution to this,” said Jones, who has the city attorney looking into the matter. “For me to look at their eyes and tell them they can’t thank God for their food, it’s unheard of – I can’t take it.” Jones said he considered ending the city’s contract with Senior Citizens, Inc.

    Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court rulings on prayer in public schools in the 1960’s and subsequent rulings on prayer at school graduations and athletic events, public officials have been entangled in an endless series of controversies over what does or does not constitute a violation of the “separation of church and state.” Christmas concerts in most public and any number of private schools have been supplanted by “holiday” or “winter” concerts, with songs memorializing “Frosty the Snowman,” a “Sleigh Ride” and a “Winter Wonderland,” with no constitutionally troublesome mention of Wise Men, a King named Herod or the rumor of a child to be born in Bethlehem who would be Christ the King. The YMCA is a thoroughly secular organization open to people of all faiths or no faith. But back in the mid-1960’s, the YMCA in Savanna, Georgia was informed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development it would have to drop the word “Christian” from the Young Men’s Christian Association to receive a federal grant for a building project that had been approved. The “Y’ dropped the grant instead. At a Catholic college in my city, no crucifix may be hung in the classrooms of a certain building on campus, because federal funds were used for its construction.

    It’s not just the company. You are wrong. Perhaps you’d be wise to follow your own advice about sources. The mayor of the city expresses his outrage even as he advises the seniors to comply with the policy and have only a moment of silence. And, yes, too many times prayer has been explicitly banned by the federal government in obvious contempt for the clearly intended meaning of the First Amendment:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    Clearly the federal government IS prohibiting the free exercise of religion. But defying the Constitution is nothing knew to Obama or to liberalism.

    Most of the original states continued to practice “state religion” well AFTER the Constitution was ratified. For example, New York was officially Anglican until 1846. North Carolina was officially Anglican until 1875. As in state religion. As in “no separation between church and state.” The liberals who try to create a “separation of church and state” are clearly completely wrong in their understanding.

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    I’m not going to get into a silly contest over arguing over Washington as a “fundamentalist.” But he – and almost all the other founding fathers – were profoundly religious men.

    As for your “fact” that Washington never took communion…


    Washington regularly attended Sunday services and purchased a family pew at several churches. Rev. Lee Massey, his pastor in Mt Vernon, wrote “I never knew so constant an attendant in church as Washington.”[8]

    Whether Washington partook of communion is a question of tremendous controversy. In 1833, Nelly Custis-Lewis, Washington’s adopted daughter, wrote about her mother, Eleanor Calvert-Lewis, who lived at Mount Vernon for two years: “I have heard her say that General Washington always received the sacrament with my grandmother before the revolution.”[9]

    Major William Popham, one of General Washington’s aides during the Revolution wrote, “the President [Washington] had more than once—I believe I say often—attended the sacramental table, at which I had the privilege and happiness to kneel with him.”[10]

    Another contemporary, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (the wife of Alexander Hamilton), is reported by her great-grandson to have said the following to him: “If anyone ever tells you that George Washington was not a communicant in the Church, you say that your great-grandmother told you to say that she ‘had knelt at this chancel rail at his side and received with him the Holy Communion.'”[11]

    I can’t say for certain whether Washington publicly took communion. I choose to believe the above sources that he did. But your contention that Washington didn’t (which is clearly possibly if not probably wrong), and that therefore he never prayed is very obviously logically fallacious reasoning by non-sequitur.

    The Quakers don’t practice baptism. Therefore they are not fundamentalists and do not pray.

    Give me a break.

    Let’s just put it this way. You contend that George Washington – whom you acknowledge yourself to be a religious man – did not pray prior to what he very likely knew to be an all-or-nothing proposition. (If your contention is that he didn’t pray in the precise posture and place depicted in the painting, I would ask you to quit fixating on the most trivial of trivialities and get a life).

    How many religious Christian men do you know would refuse to pray prior to the biggest and most critical struggle of their entire lives? When the lives of thousands under them – and the fate of the very nation – was at stake???

    Again. Give me a break.

  5. Becky Says:

    On separation of Church and state…..the only true & right meaning of this is that “the state has NO RIGHT to tell the Church what they can & can not do!

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    It is fittingly appropriate to say, “God bless you for saying that,” Becky.

    The Soviet Union had a “separation of church and state,” but America certainly didn’t. The phrase appeared only in a private letter written by Thomas Jefferson, which had to be completely stripped of its context in order to create the meaning that liberals had embraced (in the Supreme Court case, ONLY the words “a wall of separation between church and state” was allowed into the record). Furthermore, Thomas Jefferson was not involved in the writing of the Constitution; he was in France throughout that period.

    So why did one phrase – stripped from its intended context – from one private letter by one guy who wasn’t even present at the Constitutional Convention, determine our policy? Because liberals are vile people who despise the truth and despise our nation’s history, that’s why.

    A few founders believed that the federal government should not be allowed to endorse any particular denomination, but that the states could do so – and if you didn’t like it, move to another state.

    We still had “official state religions” at the time of the ratification of the Constitution, and for decades afterward. For example, New Hampshire was a protestant state, and officials had to be protestants. And every single state acknowledges God in their Constitutions.

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