August 4, 2010

Shoot-the-President Game at Catholic Carnival

Obama gameHave you ever been to a church carnival? No, I don't mean a church service with a carnival atmosphere. I mean an actual carnival put on by a church as a fundraiser. Sounds like it could be a fun, family-oriented way for a church to raise money. Or it could simply be an exercise in far-right hatred.

A Catholic church in Roseto, PA, is in the news because of a game at their carnival in which attendees were encouraged to shoot darts at the image of an African American man holding a health care bill and wearing the presidential seal. Of course, the owner of the company responsible for providing the games now claims that it was not meant to depict President Obama. Sure it wasn't.

The real story, as far as I'm concerned, is how Rev. Jim Prior responded when attendees complained.
“We’re used to this kind of bigotry and prejudice, and we abhor it but it’s the way of the world,” Prior said. “Even the Divine Father himself is vilified in today’s culture.”

H/T to The Maddow Blog