Be careful what you wish for…or pray for…”God is not mocked”


Idiotic and insensitive words from Kansas House Speaker O’Neal urging his Republican colleagues to pray for the death of President Barack Obama are mean-spirited, insensitive, disrespectful to the Office of the Presidency, and downright despicable!


By Juanita Bratcher

Commentary: “My Two-Cents worth”


Don’t you just get “sick and tired of being sick and tired?” – as in the words of Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer – of the idiotic and insensitive things people say about President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, just to get their 15 minutes of fame that they would never get otherwise? And don’t you wonder why these spoken, insensitive words and epithets are reported so widespread within the news media as if though they are something newsworthy to report?

In case you didn’t see it, a recent statement made by Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal asking his GOP colleagues in the House to pray for Obama’s death has been roaming its way around the Internet and reported by many media outlets.

Such insensitive words by the Speaker! How disrespectful! How un-tasteful! How despicable!

O’Neal follows in the path of several other Republicans that have shown blatant disrespect, contempt and total disregard for President Barack Obama and the Office of the Presidency. Obviously, it is more about race – saturated with racial overtones – than opposition to the Obama Administration’s policies.

Who gives a Hill of Beans about people spewing out hateful and hatred dialogue just to get a charge out of it for themselves in an effort to try and vilify someone else? If their behavior is in opposition to the law, then perhaps there are legal repercussions and something they’ll have to contend with themselves.

And who gives a Hill of Beans about evil and mean-spirited people? There will always be mean-spirited and idiotic people in this world. That’s also something they will have to deal with within themselves unless they say or do something that brings them in opposition with the confines of the law.

And who gives a Hill of Beans about whether someone can hate so much that they would even cherish the thought of praying for their death? People can pretty much say anything they want to say or feel…that’s their personal opinion – certainly, we don’t all think alike or do things alike for that matter – and just because something is said doesn’t say it’s the absolute truth – it’s coming from a personal view, a personal standpoint and many times with ulterior motivations.

According to one news report, O’Neal made the request via an e-mail he forwarded to GOP colleagues in the House urging his fellow Republicans to pray Psalm 109, which contains the following lines:

‘Let His days be few, and let another take his office

‘Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow…”

Reportedly, O’Neal’s e-mail had his own message attached with the prayer:

O’Neal said: “At last – I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up – it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an Amen? Amen!!!!!!”

How despicable! Is O’Neal worthy of holding public elective office? I think not!

For the record, Fannie Lou Hamer, a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, words were: “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

In Hamer’s biography, there was a chilling, personal story of what she encountered when once arrested for one of her many acts of civil rights activism, specifically protesting with others to register to vote. She told of three white men coming into her room, specifically noting that one was a state highway policeman. “They said they were going to make me wish I was dead.”

As she continued with her spellbinding description of that particular incident in the biography, Hamer said they made her lay down on her face and then ordered two Negro prisoners to beat her with a blackjack, “which was unbearable.” The prisoners took turns in carrying out the directions of the three white men, she added. The first prisoner beat her until he was exhausted and then the second one began to beat her.

“They beat me until I was hard, ‘til I couldn’t bend my fingers or get up when they told me to,” she said, noting that when it was over there was a blood clot in her eye and her sight nearly gone. And her kidney was injured from the blows to her back.

I am a professional journalist – and have been for thirty-five years. When I read the article about O’Neal urging House GOP to pray for Obama’s death, I thought about my days in college where I heard more often than not somewhat the same words coming from various Journalism professors, that “one can go up on the mountain and scream words to the top of their voice, and no one will ever hear them. And if the media don’t report it, it (their message) won’t go anywhere.” Such a profound statement, and basically true.

There’s another saying, “Be careful what you wish for,” but in this case, I say, be careful what you pray for. Maybe prayers should be said for mean-spirited and insensitive people, not for them to die, but to see the evilness of their wicked and hateful ways. Certainly, the Bible does not preach hatred or urge people to resort to hateful, mean-spirited and acid words just to appease themselves and people who think like them.

Inevitably, it can be looked upon as un-Christian-like. And it certainly doesn’t appear to be something that Christians would think about saying or doing, as in love your neighbor as thyself. Then, too, perhaps I have the wrong idea of what a Christian-like character is or portrayal of Christian-like characteristics. This type of behavior notably can set off a negative discord in the minds of decent and fair-minded people who believe in the fairness doctrine of “do unto others as you wish to be done unto you.”

Yet, there’s another biblical passage in the Bible that states, in essence, Ye shall reap what you sow; as in Galatians 6:7: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”


Juanita Bratcher is the Publisher of, the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 35 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.