Why is everyone upset at Mike O’Neal?

The Republican speaker of the Kansas statehouse issued an apology this week after sending emails from his personal account referring to First Lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama” and quoting a Bible verse cited by some as a reference to presidential assassination.

Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal [above], 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?”

“I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation — at our expense, of course,” the forward read.

In another of O’Neal’s emails, he referenced Psalm 109 from the Old Testament, which reads in part:

May his children be fatherless  and his wife a widow.

May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.

May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children. (here)

He’s not the first to use this Psalm in connection with a hopeful death of the President. More than likely, he won’t be the last either. As a matter of fact, I would say that it would both surprise you and sicken you a little to know how many use this Psalm every Sunday for the President….

But, it’s not really his fault… is it?

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Post By Joel Watts (9,934 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, working on the use of Deuteronomy in the Fourth Gospel. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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4 thoughts on Why is everyone upset at Mike O’Neal?

  1. The problem is this is not the portion O’Neal quoted… The source you quoted is very misleading.

    • Yes, the standard excuse by O’Neal apologists. Verse 8 – that he quoted – prays that the President’s days be numbered. What does that mean to you Pharisees? Or do you cherry pick the most militant of old-testament phrases and conveniently ignore Christ’s calling to love your enemies – you know Christ, on whom Christianity is founded, the one you all allegedly follow? Or is this the conservative ideal of “love” – twisted and distorted, like everything else about you hypocrites? No wonder you people are as messed up as you are.

  2. This article is a fine example of the intellectual disconnect christianity requires, which was one of the biggest reasons for my atheist awakening.

    • You mean like the disconnect you have when Christians are pointing out that this is wrong? Blame what you want, but is not Christianity’s fault for your new theological track

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