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November 02, 2012 5:11 PM The Ultimate GOTV Appeal

By Ed Kilgore

Yesterday we all enjoyed Bishop Daniel Jenky’s encyclical essentially ordering the people of the Diocese of Peoria to vote for Romney/Ryan on pain of eternal damnation. But at Religion Dispatches today, Sarah Posner has a whole jumbo platter of ecclesiastical endorsements that range from mere Obama-bashing to the full stage of eschatological theater. Here’s a sample:

Focus on the Family’s political arm is sending Iowa voters a flyer claiming that President Obama thinks “we’re no longer a Christian nation” (read: we were once a Christian nation but bwwaaahahahahahaha, my evil Islamo-socialist plan has worked!). In case you had questions, Obama was merely discussing how we’re a pluralistic nation of many faiths, something that people claiming to be protecting religious freedom might pay a mind to. But Obama is an oppressor of Christianity, in the view of the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, who tweeted that “#Obamacare seems aimed squarely at dismantling and/or silencing the family and the Church….”
Bishop Joseph Mattera takes a ghoulish math lesson from Numbers 35:33 (“You shall not pollute the land wherein you are; for blood it defiles the land; and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. Defile not therefore the land, which you shall inhabit.”) This means, Mattera insists, that God will require the death of millions of American to “repent” for legal abortion. “[I]f America does not repent of this hideous sin then for every single baby legally aborted God will require the blood of the same number of people, which is between 30-50 million Americans!” he writes….
Pastor Robert Jeffress, who just a year ago endorsed Rick Perry over Romney in the Republican Primary, and called Mormonism a cult, is now telling pastors in Florida—even though he still thinks Mormonism is a cult—that “It’s time to stand up and push back against all the evil in our country.” He suggested that failing to go out to vote for Romney would be like being a pastor in Germany in the 1930s and failing to try to stop the Holocaust.
Meanwhile, Charisma magazine appears to be the Grand Central Station of election prophecy. On its pages, publisher Stephen Strang has posted his Romney endorsement, along with some dire warnings by other “prophetic” voices, like Franklin Graham, who warned: “This could be America’s last call to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who is coming again one day very soon to save His own and to judge those who don’t know and worship Him.” (emphasis in original).

All year long we’ve been hearing about the “enthusiasm” of conservative voters. In many cases, I suspect “terrified by charlatans” might be a better description of the mood.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • T2 on November 02, 2012 5:28 PM:

    "terrified by charlatans" LOL

  • Stuart Shiffman on November 02, 2012 5:34 PM:

    Pastor Robert Jeffress suggested that failing to go out to vote for Romney would be like being a pastor in Germany in the 1930s and failing to try to stop the Holocaust.

    The good Pastor should study his history. Indeed most religious leaders including the Pope were silent in the face of the Holocaust. The lives of Jews were apparently not as important back then aa are the lives of the "unborn."

  • Equal Opportunity Cynic on November 02, 2012 5:51 PM:

    I don't think that first link is what you intended it to be (to a story on Stanton in Ohio).

  • c u n d gulag on November 02, 2012 5:57 PM:

    And don't forget Mike Huck-for-a- buck's "You'll burn in feckin' Hell if you vote for Obama" ad.

    All it needed, was demon sheep.
    The satyr's weren't available if called for it - they were too busy hanging out with their leader, Newt.

    And the Incubi and Sucubi were otherwise occupied with torturing Jerry Fallwell, so they couldn't be in the ad, even if they were asked.

  • Amusing Alias on November 02, 2012 6:01 PM:

    It's been apparent for a while that the Pope believes that he is responsible for the fall of the Soviet Union, and now he believes he can to do the same to the United States.

    Of course "James Buchanan for the 21st Century" will never call him out on this, but all the deferential cowering that's led Vatican City to believe they can openly and illegally interfere in our elections is both annoying and dangerous. Next time will we see the Israeli PM endorse a candidate, knowing that there is no penalty for foreign interference in American elections?

  • thebewilderness on November 02, 2012 6:16 PM:

    It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself:

    "All right, then, I'll go to hell" - and tore it up.

    - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • LJL on November 02, 2012 6:23 PM:

    Christian preachers seem to mirror the "love" of the good shepherd. And what do shepherds do? Naturally they fleece and slaughter the little lamps.

  • Anonymous on November 02, 2012 6:24 PM:

    “This could be America’s last call to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ"

    I flippin' hope so. I'll enjoy the coming peace and quiet.

  • FlipYrWhig on November 02, 2012 7:03 PM:

    I never get this. Shouldn't these people WANT the apocalypse to come, theologically speaking? The faster the world ends, the closer they are to eternal bliss, no?

  • Doug on November 02, 2012 8:48 PM:

    FlipYrWhig, perhaps because, deep down, they know the truth...