I wasn’t surprised to see that a Conservative southern pastor was giving the opening prayer at the Republican National Convention. That’s sort of expected, you know?
I wasn’t surprised to see that the very same Christian pastor was Black. Donald Trump (R-N.Y.) is not exactly doing well with Black Americans. In fact, he is polling at 0 percent among Black voters in Ohio, the state where the convention is being held. Bringing in a charismatic Black pastor to lead the masses in prayer could only be a good idea.
The Huffington Post is saying, though, that the warm and welcoming prayer that most people expected was not exactly what they got.
This is the most politicized and distasteful prayer I can imagine. God should sue the GOP for defamation. https://t.co/K35cSa2Gxl
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) July 18, 2016
The opening prayer at the convention today was given by a fiery, bombastic, narrow minded man named Mark Burns of South Carolina. He lit into Trump’s opponents right from the get-go.
Now, the opening prayers at these events are usually all about asking God to guide the people in the room to make good and decent choices. They generally talk about peace and unity.
In 2012, the opening prayer was delivered by Father Timothy Dolan of New York, a Catholic Bishop. The prayer called upon God to bless the gathering and those it represented. Father Dolan asked God to guide and protect those in government, saying:
“O God of wisdom, justice, and might, we ask your guidance for those who govern us, and on those who would govern us: the president, and vice president, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and on all those who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office, especially Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan. Make them all worthy to serve you by serving our country. And help them remember that the only just government is the government that serves its citizens rather than itself.”
Gentle, loving, humble. Just what one would expect from a prayer.
Tonight, though, we got just the opposite from Pastor Burns, who shouted, ranted, and fired up the crowd with attacks on the Democrats. It was unlike anything that has been seen at even the most raucous of conventions in this country.
Pastor Burns jumped right into the nastiness by introducing himself and explaining that he was giving the prayer because, he shouted:
“We are electing a man in Donald Trump who believes in the name of Jesus Christ. And Republicans, we got to be united, because our enemy is not other Republicans- but is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.”
That was just the start. He went on from there talking about attacks and enemies and evil Liberals. Best of all, if you like ironic humor, is that he criticized Democrats for being “divisive” while he went nutty on everyone who disagrees with Trump.
Twitter blew up right away with horrified Republicans and mortified Christians who said they’d never heard anything so offensive.
Before you watch the video of the nutcake pastor screaming at the delegates, think about this:
Burns was only asked to speak after the Rabbi who had been invited by Ivanka Trump decided he had better things to do.
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