Sam Crump of Toccoa, Georgia is accused of planning, along with other members of the Christian milita group, the political murder of officials of the American federal government using the chemical weapon ricin. Political murder has another name: Terrorism.
One item from Crump’s public record online is not likely to help him during his trial: He’s a member of a group of people on Facebook who are praying to the Christian God to make President Barack Obama die. The name of the group is:
“DEAR LORD, THIS YEAR YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTOR, PATRICK SWAYZIE. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTRESS, FARAH FAWCETT. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE SINGER, MICHAEL JACKSON. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT IS BARACK OBAMA. AMEN”
See how funny that is? Patrick Swayze, Farah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, they were all favorites, so maybe if we make Barack Obama our favorite President, God will kill him too, and would that be great? Ha ha.
No, it isn’t funny. First, it’s a poorly constructed joke. It has a lot of set up for a very weak punch line. Second, it’s wishing death on someone else, and that’s never funny. When the death wish is politically motivated, that makes it even less funny.
This isn’t a partisan issue. We were against violent attempts at humor when fantasies were about assassinating George W. Bush, and we’re against the same terrible idea now that Obama is President. Political assassination, or other forms of anti-government terrorism are sadistic and insane even to contemplate. Furthermore, they’re also bad political strategy. Kill a flawed political leader, and you make that political leader into a martyr.
The bad news is that Sam Crump isn’t alone, or even part of a small group of Americans praying in public for the death of Barack Obama. The Facebook group praying of Obama’s death has 1,087,667 members. That means about one out of every 350 Americans is part of this group, standing with alleged right wing Christian terrorist Sam Crump.