Blast their hopes, blight their lives

According to an article in the Jerusalem Post, Pat Robertson has been in Israel to show the religious right’s solidarity with Israel:

“I am here to say I love Israel and that Christian
Evangelicals in America stand with Israel in its
struggle for freedom against Islamo-fascism, which is directed against Israel and all civilized nations of the world” Robertson said at a Jerusalem press conference during his 96-hour lightning solidarity trip.

During his 15-minute meeting with the Israeli prime minister, Robertson prayed for “victory”. In case anyone has a hard time trying to imagine what this prayer might have sounded like, here is an excerpt from Mark Twain’s War Prayer. I first saw this printed in a church bulletin back in 1968 or so, during the Vietnam War, and it doesn’t ever seem to go out of style.

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle – be Thou near them! With them – in spirit – we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it – for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.

This is also a little reminder for those who like to think war is fun and romantic.

Update: this piece was migrated from another site, the comment appeared there.

One Response to “Blast their hopes, blight their lives”

  1. Terry Says:
    September 2nd, 2006 at 11:18 am e thanks for reminding us of what a brilliant and erudite man was Samuel Clemens. We cannot of course expecte people like the money grubbing archduke of lies, pat Robertson to understand or appreciate the cynicism behind Clemens words.Robertson made it clear in his speach that he and American evangelicals love Isreal. We do note however that Robertson’s son and other well known evangelicals have not volunteered their services or the services of other children of upright christian leaders, to arm themselves and volunteer to fight against the Muslims.The Christian hordes were the first to attack the Muslems in their own country. And that Bastion of Right Christian thinking Richard Coer de Lion Massacred all the muslim occupants of Jeruselem in the name of Christ. Over 30,000 men women and children were put to the sword by the Holy Crusaders. Not a life was spared in the name of Jesus. Sal Al Adin who retook Jerusalem several years later, allowed all the Christians safe passage and threatened death to any who molested them on their jorney back to their homeland.

    Do not accept tha new mantra that the Muslims are fascists, their religion Is their life. modern day Christian leaders however are a direct descendant of Richard the Lion Heart, the Papal legacy, the Kings of England, France and Spain who built their Kingdoms by torture, rape and murder in Africa, America and the far east. Most Chistian converts did so at the end of the sword or while their feet were roasting on religeous pyres. An let us not forget those great monuments to Christian piety, The Tzars of Russia and Adolf Hitler who justified their pogroms and imprisonment of Jews in Russia and Germany. The leaders of Hungary and poland and Rumania who were glad to support Hitlers murder of jews because they were good and pious CHRISTIANS.

    Hilers Fascist armies went to war with the words ‘Got Mit Uns’ on their belt buckles (now collectors items of the neo fascist KKK).

    Let us understand. The only reason that Pat Robertson and his ilk go to Isreal is to put more money in their pockets. Money and only money is the driving force behind all the pronouncements of Robertson and his ilk.

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