Some critics are reacting harshly after a video was posted on YouTube showing a young boy saying a prayer to President Barack Obama. There isn't much context given for the clip, but a description accompanying the short video that was posted by a user named Regina Young reads, "The prayer that he wanted to say for our President is priceless."
Perhaps much of the controversy surrounds the fact that the young boy speaks directly to Obama and not to God. The latter is, obviously, the general recipient of most peoples' invocations and prayers, so to see a young boy bowing his head, closing his eyes and folding his hands and offering accolades to the president is certainly a bit uncommon.
"Barack Obama thank you for doing everything and all the kind stuff," he opens the prayer. "Thank you for all the stuff that you helped us with."
The child, who says that his name is Stephen, also thanks Obama for his "courage and responsibility" and he tells the president that God has given him a "special power."
(L-R) US First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, former First Lady Barbara Bush, former President George H.W. Bush, former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush pray during the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremony in Dallas, Texas, on April 25, 2013. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
"You are good, Barack Obama. You are great," he added. "And when you get older you will be able to do great things."
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While some have expressed disgust and outrage over the prayer, there are a few scenarios worth pondering. While a prayer directly to a person who isn't a deity is seen as theologically unsound by many Christian denominations and people of divergent faiths, it very well may be that the young boy was simply looking for a way to show his gratitude to Obama. Perhaps the video was filmed and posted in jest. Or maybe the boy just doesn't fully understand prayer at such a young age and his heart was in the right place, but his words came out wrong.
Either way, some are less-than-pleased with its contents, with conservative commentator Todd Starnes writing, "What kind of a parent would allow their child to blaspheme God?" Another reaction on the Independent Journal Review reads:
As if the sycophantic videos of Obama zombies fawning all over candidate Smarty McMompants in 2008 weren’t bad enough, this video posted on youtube gives evidence that no matter how bad the “recovery” is, no matter how awful our foreign policy weakens us, people will happily continue to worship Obama.
And no, worship is not an exaggeration.
Watch the video for yourself, below:
While the prayer definitely offers up some theological conundrums, it's also encouraging, to a degree, to see a child praying at all -- especially today. Of course, whom he prays to is a subject worthy of debate.
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(H/T: Todd Starnes)