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Let’s ask God to curse our political opponents. Ha ha.

Nothing like a nice “humorous” prayer for God to curse your political opponents. That couldn’t offend anyone, could it?

The director of digital media for the political action arm of Focus on the Family needs some basic lessons in reverence. Maybe he and P.Z. Myers can team up; Myers also thinks religion is a joke.

Of course, his proposal to pray for torrential rain to wash out Obama’s acceptance speech wasn’t really a joke, except that to this fanatic pseudo-Christian the suffering of people he disagrees with is funny. As C.S. Lewis says, (I’m switching the names from the Narnia world for the ones Christians use), “If any man do a cruelty in God’s name, then, though he says the name “Jesus,” it is Satan whom he serves and by Satan his deed is accepted.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: