Evangelical Senator David Perdue, Proponent Of Out-Of-Context Bible Quotes

A 2009 screenshot of upyoursobama.com, since this wasn't even an ORIGINAL joke

A 2009 screenshot of upyoursobama.com, since this wasn't even an ORIGINAL joke

The Faith and Freedom Coalition is holding the “Road to the Majority” forum in DC this week. The FFC is a conservative religious group committed to pursuing legislative means to promote “the simple virtues of faith, hard work, marriage, family, personal responsibility, and helping the least among us.”

Politico reports that Senator David Perdue (R-GA) wanted to turn his attention to someone who is definitely NOT the least among us — President Obama. He told the gathered group that they should pray for the President. Specifically, Senator Perdue says, "We should pray like Psalms 109:8 says. It says, ‘Let his days be few, and let another have his office.'"

Ha ha ha! Let another have his office! The office of the President! Oh, man that Bible just has a prayer for everything, even an elected official at the end of his… wait… hold on… I’m being told there’s more to Psalm 109:8. Yes, there are more words.

The phrases that follow Senator’s quote are, "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow" and, "Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places."

Oh. That’s not very nice.

Senator Perdue says he was just using the out-of-context Bible quote to be funny and he certainly doesn’t want to see any harm come to him. When asked if he regretted the remarks, he said, “Of course not.”

Because using a verse about praying for a man’s death doesn’t actually mean he was praying for his death. Or something. I’m not a Christian, so I don’t really know how quoting what evangelical Christians consider to be the infallible word of God works. Maybe there are ironic passages?

When asked about Perdue’s remarks, White House press secretary Josh Earnest suggested that the Senator look in the Bible again — this time for the words for an apology.

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