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Petition calls for House Speaker Mike O’Neal’s resignation over anti-Obama email

January 15, 2012

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Online petition calls on O’Neal to resign

An online petition calls for House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, to resign for circulating an email that refers to President Barack Obama and cites a Bible verse that talks about condemnation.

The petition by Faithful America says, “As people of faith, we believe that Scripture should never be used to justify praying for the death of anyone. Speaker O’Neal’s hateful abuse of Scripture is unacceptable and a disgrace to his office, and he should immediately resign.”

By midday Sunday, the petition had 21,179 signatures.

O’Neal has been under fire for forwarding two emails to fellow House Republicans.

The first one refers to a bumper sticker that reads “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8, which says, “Let his days be few and brief; and let others step forward to replace him.” O’Neal’s spokeswoman said O’Neal wasn’t praying for Obama’s death but was referring to the president’s days in office.

The second email refers to first lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama” and compares a photograph of her to a picture of the Grinch. After his office initially defended the second email, O’Neal later issued an apology, saying he forwarded that email “too quickly missing the text included in the body of the email.” Faithful America describes itself as “an online community of tens of thousands of citizens motivated by faith to take action on the pressing moral issues of our time. We come from diverse faith traditions but share a unifying commitment: to restore community and uphold the common good in America and across the globe.”

Quotes of the week

“Let’s put our ‘lost decade’ in the rearview mirror and speed ahead — at 75 miles per hour — to make this decade the decade of growth and job creation.”

— Gov. Sam Brownback.

“Kansas Democrats cannot support a tax cut that makes the gap between the rich and the middle class even wider. We are particularly unwilling to support such a proposal while schools are limping along and other, more regressive taxes are driving Kansans into poverty.”

— House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence.

KU seeks journalism doctoral program

The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday will consider whether to approve a doctor of philosophy in journalism and mass communications at Kansas University.

The program will focus on emerging media and, if approved, will be the first Ph.D. program for journalism and mass communications at KU. KU says current facilities and equipment will support the program.

Audit due on Kansas Bioscience Authority

Gov. Sam Brownback may have plans for the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

Brownback’s budget director, Steve Anderson, said a “forensic audit” of the KBA is going to be released Jan. 23. He said that will provide an opportunity “to make some decisions going forward.”

Last year, Brownback publicly quarreled with the KBA after state Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, raised questions about KBA spending, and it was revealed the Johnson County District Attorney’s office was investigating the economic development agency. Authorities have refused to say what they are looking into.

What’s next:

• Arthur Laffer, considered the father of supply side, trickle-down economics, will be testifying to legislative committees Thursday. Laffer was hired by Gov. Sam Brownback as a consultant on his tax overhaul.

• 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hearing on HB 2094, exemptions from getting vaccinations based on personal belief before House Health and Human Services Committee, Room 784 Docking Building.

• 5 p.m. Wednesday, Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss to deliver State of the Judiciary to joint legislative session in the House Chamber.

Comments

blindrabbit 2 years, 11 months ago

Can't agree with much advocated by Faithful America, but it's time to get rid of the Class Clown O'Neal. Time to make a call to to Topeka on Tuesday!

question4u 2 years, 11 months ago

They got Al Capone for tax evasion, so if Mike O'Neal can be ousted for forwarding emails that abuse Biblical quotes, great. Whatever finally works to make the world a better place is worth pursuing.

kawrivercrow 2 years, 11 months ago

I would bet that you are just making up stuff to make yourself feel good at the expense of your credibility. i would further bet that you don't even see the difference between making stuff up that feels good and presenting facts.

mloburgio 2 years, 11 months ago

Phoenixman You believe that no matter who’s in the White House, the office, if not the man himself is deserving of your respect. The only exceptions to this rule, are if his middle name sounds Muslim, and if he’s not at least as white as that black guy who works down in the mailroom at the office.

jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

Anybody who hasn't done so should read the Psalm quoted in it's entirety - it's a very disturbing psalm, and clearly refers to wishing for someone's death.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 11 months ago

It seems wholly appropriate for the people of Kansas who disapprove of Speaker O'Neal's job performance to ask that he step down (or be removed) from his position as Speaker. However, if it is being asked that he step down or be removed from his role as a representative elected by a specific district, that voice should rightfully come from the district that elected him.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't live in Iran, but I can certainly call for the removal of the ayatollahs and Ahmadinejad from power, can't I? (I just can't, and won't, bomb that country in order to achieve that.)

jhawkinsf 2 years, 11 months ago

Focus, Bozo.
Surely there must be some thread out there is cyberspace dealing with the issues of ayatollahs and Iran. Get some coffee. Eat a bran muffin. Sit on your porcelain throne. Find that thread and rant and rave to your heart's content.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 11 months ago

You set some bait. I chose not to bite. Back to the drawing board for you.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

No bait--I made a point. You just didn't get it.

Let me 'splain it to you.

O'Neal may not be your representative, but if you don't like what he's doing, you have every right to start a petition calling for his recall. It won't have the force of law, but you can start a petition.

LIkewise, if I don't like the Ayatollahs or Ahmadinejad, I can initiate a petition calling for their removal. It won't have any power to actually remove them, but I can circulate a petition, nonetheless.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 11 months ago

I got it. Now let me 'splain it to you. I choose not to get into some protracted discussion on this tread about a subject that takes significant imagination to make any connection to the topic at hand. David Ignatius has an opinion piece in today's paper dealing with the issue of Iran. Troll on over there. It would be a more appropriate forum to discuss your ideas about circulating petitions demanding the removal of the president of Iran and the ayatollahs. Goodbye, Bozo. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 11 months ago

You said I lacked the cognitive ability to understand your point. That's rude. I choose not to engage you at this time because of that rudeness. I've tried as nicely as possible to say goodbye. Now I'll say it not so nicely. you're a fool. You're a fool's fool. You're a jerk. Words that would get this post are more than appropriate for you. Go away, fool. Go away, jerk. Go away.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

"Get some coffee. Eat a bran muffin. Sit on your porcelain throne. Find that thread and rant and rave to your heart's content."

So, when you posted this, was your intent to have "polite" conversation?

Or are you just a hypocrite?

fu7il3 2 years, 11 months ago

I hope no one who signed that petition has ever sent a single inappropriate joke email about anyone. Otherwise, they are a joke themselves.

kochmoney 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes, I certainly hope they didn't send an email "jokingly" calling for everyone to pray that the president is assassinated in office. What are the odds that they've done that?

realisticvoter 2 years, 11 months ago

Describes exactly what other 49 states and rest of world think Kansan are.

kochmoney 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes, I hear that about Republicans. That's why David "diapers" Vitter resigned immediately when it was discovered that he'd been a regular john for the DC madame. Also, Republicans are awesome and magical and would never be involved in controversial affairs and scandals or initially deny them. Just ask Larry Craig, George Rekers, Troy King, Mark Foley, Richard Curtis, Glen Murphy, David Dreier, Bruce Barclay, Roy Ashburn, Jim West, Newt Gingrich, Bob Barr, Robert Bauman, Helen Chenoweth, or Peter Dibble.

gudpoynt 2 years, 11 months ago

Math, you mean like Tom Delay and Scooter Libby?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

And there isn't a single other lawyer in the whole danged state (who doesn't happen to be speaker of the house) who could have taken on this litigation?

Tracy Rogers 2 years, 11 months ago

This idiot will never resign. What worries me are all the idiots who keep voting him into office. Come on people, get a clue.

independent_rebel 2 years, 11 months ago

I consider myself to be a conservative man on most issues. Read my post history if you don't believe me.

However, ff there was a way I could vote, throw out, or sign a petition for the removal of O'Neal, I most certainly would. He's simply a jerk.

Sunny Parker 2 years, 11 months ago

These people need to find something better to do. ONeal is staying where he is...and frankly, that email was quite funny!

realisticvoter 2 years, 11 months ago

So, you consider calling for praying for someone's death funny? Bet you also consider racism as fuuny.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

It should also be up to the other Republicans in the House, who ought to at least censure him for his behavior.

Sunny Parker 2 years, 11 months ago

O'Neal never prayed for Obomby's death! You libs like to make things up in your head!

“Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8, which says, “Let his days be few and brief; and let others step forward to replace him.” O’Neal’s spokeswoman said O’Neal wasn’t praying for Obama’s death but was referring to the president’s days in office.

realisticvoter 2 years, 11 months ago

Sorry sunny, but that is not what Psalm says, that was a liar trying to cover his backside after screwing up.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

"O'Neal never prayed for Obomby's death! You libs like to make things up in your head!"

Really-- here's a few more tidbits from that same Psalm-- and it's clear from context that what is called for by directing is Obama's death, and worse.


109:7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. 109:8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office. 109:9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. 109:10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. 109:11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour. 109:12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children. 109:13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out. 109:14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

gudpoynt 2 years, 11 months ago

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asixbury 2 years, 11 months ago

You sound crazy phoenixman. How do you know what Obama's personal religious beliefs are? Not that matters.

asixbury 2 years, 11 months ago

You sound crazy phoenixman. How do you know what Obama's personal religious beliefs are? Not that matters.

realisticvoter 2 years, 11 months ago

Show's a total lack of common sense, but then he's a dedicated, gop/teabagger, which explains his appeal to many Kansas nutcases.

Bob Forer 2 years, 11 months ago

O'Neal has made it to the big time. He made the national news this weekend for those comments. Here is the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/mike-oneal-obama-death-prayer-psalm-109_n_1205059.html?ref=politics

He is not only an embarrassment to the State of Kansas, but he is also a detriment to our economic well-being. I wonder how many companies have second thoughts about moving to Kansas when they hear about O'Neal and his ilk.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

Ariana has shown herself to be a good capitalist, selling off the hard work of lots of contributors who got nothing. You have to at least admire her for that.

Bob Forer 2 years, 11 months ago

Here is the entire article, verbatim. Explain to me what is factually inaccurate about it., Phoenix. .... Nah, I didn't think you could find anything. You're all bluster and no fact.

An email recently sent by Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal (R-Hutchinson) to his Republican colleagues appears to endorse a controversial prayer that some say calls for the untimely death of President Obama.

"Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8." That's the slogan an email from O'Neal refers to, a phrase that's become popular in some circles on bumper stickers and other merchandise. The bible passage itself reads, "Let his days be few; and let another take his office." The real controversy arises in the next verse of Psalm 109, however, which continues, "May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow."

In a message accompanying the email, O'Neal writes:

"At last -- I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up -- it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!"

O'Neal's office has insisted that his use of the psalm was referring only to the first segment, which they say simply shows support for Obama to be replaced as president, via an election, as soon as possible.

Back in 2009, The Huffington Post's Jason Linkins suggested that Psalm 109:8 was "the latest thing in 'Debasing The Institutions You Pretend To Hold Dear In Order To Suggest That President Barack Obama Should Be Murdered Without Actually Coming Right Out And Saying So.'"

In some circumstances, endorsement of Psalm 109 with regards to Obama has been dealt with seriously. Last year in Florida, a corrections officer was suspended after highlighting the passage and referring to it as the "Obama prayer."

While O'Neal isn't apologizing, outrage over the content of his email has sparked a petition drive calling for his immediate resignation.

O'Neal's email supporting Psalm 109.8 wasn't the only email that emerged to stir controversy either. Earlier this month, O'Neal apologized for an email, also forwarded to his GOP colleagues, that referred to First Lady Michelle Obama as Mrs. YoMama and compared her to the Grinch.

Randall Barnes 2 years, 11 months ago

This is America yes even Kansas FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

kochmoney 2 years, 11 months ago

Please try to use more punctuation and perhaps a few more verbs next time around.

Freedom of speech does not come with freedom from public shaming when you exercise that freedom to pray that someone is murdered in office.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

From your favorite source (and an interesting article about this whole "poetry scandal."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/10/outrage-common-white-house-poetry-michelle-obama_n_859945.html

"But roughly half-a-year ago, Fox News had a different tone about Common. In an October 2010 report for FoxNews.com, reporter Jason Robinson interviewed the "rap legend" and told him, "your music is very positive. And you're known as the conscious rapper. How important is that to you, and how important do you think that is to our kids?" Common replied that it's a "significant role. I just try to show who we are as well-rounded people and I'm happy to be known as the conscious artist.""

gudpoynt 2 years, 11 months ago

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Kendall Simmons 2 years, 11 months ago

Michelle Obama didn't call for the burning of George Bush. Neither did her husband.

Your "analogy" is actually like calling for the resignation of Speaker O'Neal simply because he invited someone else who had passed around that email to speak to some group or other.

Surely you can see the difference???

By the way, I don't think O'Neal paid any attention to the rest of the Psalm. Nor do I think he should resign for that specific email. What concerns me is that he...a grown man in a responsible position where he represents far more than himself...thinks it appropriate to keep sending around emails like these. Common sense ought to kick in at some point, and it's his lack of common sense so far that concerns me.

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

An internet petition isn't worth the paper it isn't printed on.

If people do not like O'Neal, the best thing they can do is support a candidate they believe can win in an election against him.

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

Wait, let me change that. What I really meant to say was ...

pace 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't agree. While I find petitions fairly ineffectual they represent a pulse of the common reaction. I found his forwarding of the email repulsive. It also was a stupid act. I don't agree with the posters who claim my repulsion is hypocritical. I would never forward such trash. I was ashamed that a fellow Kansan in a public position would be both so prejudiced and so stupid. I think a real recall petition would be merited. I don't think that will happen. In lieu of that, I am happy to sign a petition asking for his resignation. I find his use of religion false, and his forwarding of of the remark disgusting.

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

We are not talking about a recall petition. We are talking about an on-line petition, which is nothing more than a popularity contest. It won't influence the person it is directed at if he chooses to ignore it.

I also do not feel his forwarding of these e-mails, as distastful as they are, raises to the level of a recall. I feel it takes something larger and generally something illegal for that to be warranted, but you might disagree. Fair enough. However, until a reasonable candidate is there to oppose him in a recall election, he will remain in office.

Want him out of office? Do everything you can to support a candidate to replace him in the next election.

streetman 2 years, 11 months ago

To those experiencing mock indignation over the joke email: please -- get a life -- find something important to get lathered-up about.

parco814 2 years, 11 months ago

O'Neal is a sniveling, childish twerp who embodies the resentments and frustrations of those who thought they were entitled to never see a black family living in the White House.

Kansas has more than its share of such losers. We also have plenty of people who voted for President Obama and will vote for him again. And there are those who didn't vote for him but are rightly disgusted with this cheap shot and countless other examples of disrespect.

No, streetman, you are wrong twice--the indignation isn't mock, and the behavior of this puny public servant O'Neal is important. Too bad if you don't want to hear that people are speaking out against O'Neal. You get a life and get a clue.

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

Obama's mother was a white woman?

I thought you were one of those who denied that he had ever been born.

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

I love it! You are still a birther! What a hoot.

Nice stretch of the imagination, as well. So why wouldn't his grandparents have taught him to respect authority exactly?

kochmoney 2 years, 11 months ago

I hear difficult children who don't respect the authority of the Constitution often graduate Magna Cum Laude from Harvard and become constitutional scholars.

Kendall Simmons 2 years, 11 months ago

Yours was an incredibly mean-spirited post.

It must be the fault of the children if they're "abandoned" by their parents? Shame on you.

Kendall Simmons 2 years, 11 months ago

No...had it been anyone else, he would NOT "have been punished, ejected from his job if it was a state job, and sent to a psychiatric unit for evaluation."

It doesn't help matters by grossly exaggerating. Indeed, it hurts by opening up the topic under discussion to ridicule simply because of the hyperbole offered by some.

Centerville 2 years, 11 months ago

I didn't know that the sad little high school student was expelled - I assume it was for lying to her friends then lying to the press. Surely she's back in school by now, poor dear.

Kendall Simmons 2 years, 11 months ago

No...she wasn't expelled. And it was Brownback who apologized, saying his staff over-reacted. Sorry you missed all that, you poor dear.

pace 2 years, 11 months ago

I think there is a difference between disliking a politician and racist remarks. You see racism the same as any casual dismissive remarks. I don't. I don't think saying Brownback blows a lot is a racist remark. But it was not a concise or analytical criticism of Governor Brownback, well it was concise. ONeal is acting worse than a high-school student. He acts stupidly, his apology was weak, his explanation implausible, immature. His job is a serious one, it deserves, needs someone. who one would not describe as stupid. As to the other ONeal criticism of Michele, that she had bad hair. Well, O`Neal blows a lot.

frank mcguinness 2 years, 11 months ago

This has about as much of a chance at succeeding as a snowflake in Sam Brownbacks mind.

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