Last time I checked, this is not what Jesus would do. Or any decent human being for that matter. But Pastor Terry Jones is the kind of guy who burns Qu’rans for fun, so we probably shouldn’t be surprised that he made a life-sized Barack Obama effigy and hung it outside of his church, The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. Pastor Jones, you might wanna revisit that good ol’ New Testament sometime soon. You seem to have missed the heavy emphasis on “love,” along with a few other points.
Obama‘s recent endorsement of gay marriage has prompted a number of responses and tons of criticism, but this is a special kind of critique because it involves a rope and a gallows. Please note the baby doll in effigy Obama‘s hand– Pastor Jones says the doll represents the President’s favorable attitude towards abortion. Um. Ok.
In his other hand, the stuffed Obama likeness carries a Pride flag. Behind it is a trailer that reads, “Obama Is Killing America.” As you know, all very important and scientifically-proven facts are usually written on trailers. So that’s how you know Pastor Jones is right.
What are your other thoughts on this demonstration of free speech? Is this what the First Amendment is for? President Obama‘s pastor (Rev. Jeremiah Wright) was all over the news back during Obama‘s first presidential campaign (and recently, as well) for certain political remarks. Do religious leaders step out-of-bounds when they start talking politics? Or is it part of their job?
And maybe you guys can help me work through something. Last time I checked, rope + black man’s neck = lynching. But what happens when the black man is the President? Lots of political figures have been made into effigies and “hung” (which is sad, I think). Is it any different because it’s Obama, and because of this country’s atrocious history of lynching black men? Or is this “merely” a political statement, divorced from race (if that’s possible)?