Praying …. TO… Pres. Obama?

I don’t what you think, but on this video it looks like people are praying to President Obama.

What they are doing is super silly, and the prayer part is about 1:30" into the clip.

It seems to be some kind of New Orleans thing…

You almost expect the big puppets to come in.

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25 Responses to Praying …. TO… Pres. Obama?

  1. Mr Flapatap says:

    If they are serious, it is bad!
    If it’s a mockery of prayer, it IS bad!!!

    Can’t figure out other options.

  2. Genevieve says:

    Are they saying “Deliver us, Obama,” or “Deliver us, O God”?

    In the early part of the clip, the trombonist is playing *Abide With Me*, a very traditional protestant (Baptist? That’s the only tradition in which I’ve heard it, but I can’t be sure it isn’t claimed by someone else) hymn. It’s beautiful and has beautiful lyrics but is now not normally used outside the context of funerals or memorial services. I thought their choice of it was strange given its associations… or not so strange. Here’s some of the lyrics, for anyone who loves hymnology as much as I do.

    Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
    The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
    When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
    Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

    Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
    Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
    Change and decay in all around I see;
    O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

    I need Thy presence every passing hour.
    What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
    Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
    Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

    I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
    Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
    Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
    I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

    Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
    Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
    Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
    In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

  3. Jordanes says:

    It doesn’t just look like they are praying to Obama. It’s actual video footage of people praying to Obama as if he were God. It’s idolatry and antichrist, plain and simple.

  4. Jordanes says:

    They’re saying “Deliver us, Obama,” and, “Hear us, Obama.”

  5. Christina says:

    I think I heard her mention “God” as opposed to “Obama” once, so that’s…um…good. Seriously, I try to give the benefit of the doubt to everyone and make excuses, but this is rough. I think at the very least it’s very weird. Then again, idolatry isn’t out of the question at all.

  6. JoAnna says:

    I think they are saying, “Deliver us, O God,” but the voices are out of sync so it kind of sounds like “Obama.”

  7. chironomo says:

    No… it’s very definitely “Hear Us, Obama”. I can’t recall anytime I’ve ever heard petitions offered in any tradition where the phrase “Hear Us, O God” is used. It is always “Hear Us, O Lord” or some form of “Lord”. At one point, the person is near the microphone and it is clearly “Obama”… why would this seem out of the question anyway? He is worshiped by some as a Savior.

  8. tzard says:

    Definitely “Oh God”. Early on, it’s muffled; but once they get the hang of things and start saying it more in unison later on, it becomes clearer.

    Why would anyone suspect otherwise?

  9. chironomo says:

    Note that they also refer to MLK as “The Prophet Martin Luther King”. They also say “Deliver Us, Obama” at one point in the beginning.

  10. chironomo says:

    tzard… are we listening to the same clip? As they get going, the “Deliver Us Obama” becomes even clearer, then changes to “Hear Us, Obama”.

  11. mibethda says:

    Abide With Me is Anglican in origin. Its author, the Rev. Henry Lyte, was an Anglican clergyman.

  12. chironomo says:

    “From the greed and fear that replace the reality of God’s abundance…”

    If they were saying “Hear Us O God”, wouldn’t they say “…the reality of YOUR abundance”?

    Also, watch the lips…you don’t pop your lips to say “God”….

  13. mibethda says:

    I hear it as “Hear us O God”. Nonetheless, the utilization of what purports to be a prayer in the form of a litany for a chant in a political prep rally perhaps crosses the border of the sacriligious. Sadly, few seem to care these days.

  14. Melody says:

    It’s definitely “Hear us, O God.” Some may mean “Hear us, Obama” though, for all the politics mixed up in this display. I liked hearing “Abide with me”

  15. gmarie says:

    Do these folks actually believe that inequality of healthcare is the most shocking injustice of all? of ALL?!? REALLY??? Well, I guess if they think it is, then it seems most appropriate that they would be “praying” to a false savior. I will pray for their souls that they may completely believe in the salvation that only Jesus Christ brings.

  16. Folks,
    Obama does have people that worship him. Obama has DEVOTIONAL Candles! Here is the proof at this link. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0DySLTT4PWo/SZqsPeUpyfI/AAAAAAAAFIk/oBZTM7RnAd4/s1600-h/ba-mandr15_ph1_0499796428.jpg

  17. Jordanes says:

    It’s definitely “Hear us, Obama,” and, “Deliver us, Obama.” It doesn’t sound remotely like “God” — too few syllables, and there are no “b” and “m” sounds in the word “God.”

    Hey, we’ve already had a public school teacher change the lyrics of “Jesus Loves the Little Children” to make it a hymn in praise of Obama that she had her students sing. It’s a pretty small step from that to liturgical prayers to Obama as we see and hear in this video clip.

  18. Charivari Rob says:

    I believe they were saying “Deliver us, O God!”.

    Earlier, they say “Everybody in, nobody out!”

  19. chironomo says:

    I hate to be a “moderate”… but after hearing this clip way too many times, I think there may be two right answers here. They very definitely are saying “Hear Us, Obama” and “Deliver Us Obama” at the beginning. As has been said… too many syllables and there are definitely “B”‘s and an “A” at the end. But the last petition on the clip is also very clearly “Hear Us, O God”. If they would pray to Obama, then why not to God as well? Go figure.

    They call MLK a “Prophet”. and the reference to “The Prophet Jeremiah” could very well be Jeremiah Wright, a figure closely attached to this group, the Gamaliel foundation. Obama is also closely tied to this group, so it would not be out of the question that if MLK and Jeremiah Wright are “Prophets”, then Obama is the Messiah.

  20. The Roman emperors thought they were gods, and demanded worship. In democratic societies today, the method used seems to be marketing and pop tunes. And we all know the next step when people didn’t worship the emperor “god” – just check the Martyrology and names like Diocletian.

  21. The people in the video need to be reminded of the following. Especially, Commandment Number One.

    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOD
    Exodus, XX
    1. I AM the, Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt,
    out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt not have strange gods
    before Me. Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the
    likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth
    beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou
    shalt not adore them, nor serve them.

    2. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.
    3. Remember thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
    4. Honor thy father and thy mother.
    5. Thou shalt not kill.
    6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
    7. Thou shalt not steal.
    8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
    9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.
    10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.

    SIX COMMANDMENTS OF THE CHURCH
    1. To hear Mass on Sundays, and Holy Days of Obligation.
    2. To fast and abstain on the days appointed.
    3. To confess at least once a year.
    4. To receive the Holy Eucharist during the Easter time.
    5. To contribute to the support of our Pastors.
    6. Not to marry persons who are not Catholics, or who are related, to us
    within the third degree: of kindred, nor privately without witnesses, nor
    to solemnize marriage at forbidden times.

    THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS
    Baptism……………………………………………………….. Matthew XXVIII, 19
    Confirmation…………………………………………………………. Acts VIII, 17
    Holy Eucharist……………………………………………….. Matthew XXVI, 26
    Penance…………………………………………………………………… John XX, 23
    Extreme Unction……………………………………………………….. James V, 14
    Holy Orders…………………………………………………………… Luke XXII, 19
    Matrimony………………………………………………………… Matthew XIX, 6

  22. moon1234 says:

    I am thinking more along the lines of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

    We are not very far off from people taking the oaths below, but to Obama.

    Service oath for soldiers of the armed forces
    I swear by God this sacred oath that I shall render unconditional obedience to Adolf Hitler, the leader of the German state and people, supreme commander of the armed forces, and that I shall at all times be ready, as a brave soldier, to give my life for this oath.

    Service oath for public servants
    I swear: I will be faithful and obedient to Adolf Hitler, leader of the German state and people, to observe the law, and to conscientiously fulfil my official duties, so help me God.

    And finally we have two powerful oaths that I think all Catholics need to take:

    Given by His Holiness St. Pius X September 1, 1910.
    I . . . . firmly embrace and accept each and every definition that has been set forth and declared by the unerring teaching authority of the Church, especially those principal truths which are directly opposed to the errors of this day. And first of all, I profess that God, the origin and end of all things, can be known with certainty by the natural light of reason from the created world (see Rom. 1:90), that is, from the visible works of creation, as a cause from its effects, and that, therefore, his existence can also be demonstrated: Secondly, I accept and acknowledge the external proofs of revelation, that is, divine acts and especially miracles and prophecies as the surest signs of the divine origin of the Christian religion and I hold that these same proofs are well adapted to the understanding of all eras and all men, even of this time. Thirdly, I believe with equally firm faith that the Church, the guardian and teacher of the revealed word, was personally instituted by the real and historical Christ when he lived among us, and that the Church was built upon Peter, the prince of the apostolic hierarchy, and his successors for the duration of time. Fourthly, I sincerely hold that the doctrine of faith was handed down to us from the apostles through the orthodox Fathers in exactly the same meaning and always in the same purport. Therefore, I entirely reject the heretical’ misrepresentation that dogmas evolve and change from one meaning to another different from the one which the Church held previously. I also condemn every error according to which, in place of the divine deposit which has been given to the spouse of Christ to be carefully guarded by her, there is put a philosophical figment or product of a human conscience that has gradually been developed by human effort and will continue to develop indefinitely. Fifthly, I hold with certainty and sincerely confess that faith is not a blind sentiment of religion welling up from the depths of the subconscious under the impulse of the heart and the motion of a will trained to morality; but faith is a genuine assent of the intellect to truth received by hearing from an external source. By this assent, because of the authority of the supremely truthful God, we believe to be true that which has been revealed and attested to by a personal God, our creator and lord.

    Furthermore, with due reverence, I submit and adhere with my whole heart to the condemnations, declarations, and all the prescripts contained in the encyclical Pascendi and in the decree Lamentabili, especially those concerning what is known as the history of dogmas. I also reject the error of those who say that the faith held by the Church can contradict history, and that Catholic dogmas, in the sense in which they are now understood, are irreconcilable with a more realistic view of the origins of the Christian religion. I also condemn and reject the opinion of those who say that a well-educated Christian assumes a dual personality-that of a believer and at the same time of a historian, as if it were permissible for a historian to hold things that contradict the faith of the believer, or to establish premises which, provided there be no direct denial of dogmas, would lead to the conclusion that dogmas are either false or doubtful. Likewise, I reject that method of judging and interpreting Sacred Scripture which, departing from the tradition of the Church, the analogy of faith, and the norms of the Apostolic See, embraces the misrepresentations of the rationalists and with no prudence or restraint adopts textual criticism as the one and supreme norm. Furthermore, I reject the opinion of those who hold that a professor lecturing or writing on a historico-theological subject should first put aside any preconceived opinion about the supernatural origin of Catholic tradition or about the divine promise of help to preserve all revealed truth forever; and that they should then interpret the writings of each of the Fathers solely by scientific principles, excluding all sacred authority, and with the same liberty of judgment that is common in the investigation of all ordinary historical documents.

    Finally, I declare that I am completely opposed to the error of the modernists who hold that there is nothing divine in sacred tradition; or what is far worse, say that there is, but in a pantheistic sense, with the result that there would remain nothing but this plain simple fact-one to be put on a par with the ordinary facts of history-the fact, namely, that a group of men by their own labor, skill, and talent have continued through subsequent ages a school begun by Christ and his apostles. I firmly hold, then, and shall hold to my dying breath the belief of the Fathers in the charism of truth, which certainly is, was, and always will be in the succession of the episcopacy from the apostles. The purpose of this is, then, not that dogma may be tailored according to what seems better and more suited to the culture of each age; rather, that the absolute and immutable truth preached by the apostles from the beginning may never be believed to be different, may never be understood in any other way.

    I promise that I shall keep all these articles faithfully, entirely, and sincerely, and guard them inviolate, in no way deviating from them in teaching or in any way in word or in writing. Thus I promise, this I swear, so help me God.

    Psalm 40:4
    Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods

    Commandment 1
    I am the Lord your God, thou shalt not have false God’s before me.

    I would be very afraid for my soul had I been anywhere near a gathering like this. They are essentially praying to the golden calf. We all know what Moses and God thought of that!

  23. MenTaLguY says:

    I’ve listened to this, with and without the captions. The captions are misleading — it’s the same kind of effect you get with those “misheard lyrics” videos on youtube.

  24. catholicmidwest says:

    That was pretty much an ignorant mob scene, and worship of a mere man is idolatry to boot. What a bunch of idiots.

    PS, why is it that so many black people think they’re great musicians? That horn was a travesty. It sounded like a wounded moose. In heat.

  25. markomalley says:

    moon1234,

    I was thinking a little more modern, say like Quod Apostolici Muneris.