“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance.
“We know Your word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values.
“We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your word in the name of moral pluralism.
“We have worshiped other gods and called it ‘multiculturalism.’
“We have endorsed perversion and called it ‘an alternative lifestyle.’
“We have exploited the poor and called it ‘a lottery.’
“We have neglected the needy and called it ‘self-preservation.’
“We have rewarded laziness and called it ‘welfare.’
“In the name of ‘choice,’ we have killed our unborn.
“In the name of ‘right to life,’ we have killed abortionists.
“We have neglected to discipline our children and called it ‘building esteem.’
“We have abused power and called it ‘political savvy.’
“We’ve coveted our neighbors’ possessions and called it ‘taxes.’
“We’ve polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it ‘freedom of expression.’
“We’ve ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it ‘enlightenment.’
“Search us, oh God, and know our hearts today. Try us, and show us any wicked in us. Cleanse us from every sin, and set us free.
“Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas and who have been ordained by You to govern this great state.
“Grant them Your wisdom to rule, and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your will.
“I ask it in the name of your son, the living savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Below is the fake version printed and circulated by Voice of Islam, a monthly newspaper published by the Daawah Association of Western Australia and distributed free from various Muslim venues in Perth and In Africa.
At first, you will think it is the same, how ever a closer look will show you how it was calculatingly deceptively and destructively altered.
The prayer that follows is explicitly attributed to Pastor Joe Wright. The unsuspecting reader is being led to believe that the prayer that follows is, word for word, the prayer that Pastor Wright actually prayed. But it is nothing like the original prayer.
Six sentences and several phrases have been omitted, including, “We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism” and “I ask it in the name of your son, the living savior, Jesus Christ”. Worse than this, numerous sentences and phrases have been added.
- The punctuation errors in the text below are reproduced from the text in Voice of Islam.
- For ease of identification, I have marked the fabricated sections in bold type.
Heavenly father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that is exactly what we have done. Yes, there are those in government who have lead us astray by calling evil good! We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that and we ask your help to change that. We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism. In fact, we have perverted the truth by calling some evil things good.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery, We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice, AND we have killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi born and unborn children and called it “worth it” instead of genocide (so said Secretary of State Albright) and “Doing God’s work” (George Bush Sr.)—we know in our hearts that you really do not need a puny human to do Your Work, Father , and. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem,
We have abused power and called it politics, and we have been selective in recognizing crimes against humanity, calling it good one time and evil another time, depending upon the country doing it and ignoring our own crimes against humanity, and we have coveted our neighbour’s possessions and called it ambition, And we have trapped the American taxpayer, people of all religions, into subsidizing theft of land through murder, deceit, greed and lust for a neighbour’s possessions, racism and bigotry by the apartheid state policies of Israel so that all Americans have become a party to actions that are considered criminal in the United Sates—and called this evil good and said YOU God, did it!
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of statement, and we have quieted the voices of descent by calling them anti this or anti that, and We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers, some of whom (George Washington) warned us not to become entangled in a foreign government, and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free from the evils of government policies that turn all of us into criminals.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent : to direct us to the centre of Your will so that they can say NO to the evils of AIPAC when it comes knocking with bribe money to influence them to lie to all their constituents that Israel is a friendly ally, the only democracy in the Middle East and is culturally and historically close to us so that we are being blinded to the crimes we are being forced to accept. (A true democracy does not discriminate against those of a different religion and a friendly ally does not reward spies with praise and money)
This is nothing other than lies and propaganda. There are no mistakes here. The writer has not inadvertently left out or added a word or a phrase in the process of typesetting the original prayer. This is a deliberate, extended, libellous fraud.
The perpetrator of this fraud has put into Pastor Joe Wright’s mouth a series of garbled and spiteful statements that reinforce the prejudices against America and Israel so prevalent among Muslims. The malice in this ‘prayer’ is as palpable as the misrepresentations.
The writer concludes the ‘quotation’ of his fabricated prayer with a comment about the prayer’s impact. He states in part:
In 6 short weeks Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea.
So now readers of Voice of Islam are given the impression that Christians in their thousands endorse the political distortions and national hatreds expressed in the fabricated prayer. And those Muslim readers who (like the writer) can say “Amen” to the fabricated prayer are comforted and confirmed in their prejudices by the thought that those prejudices are shared by Christians.
Voice of Islam states on its second page that it is “a resource guide for Muslims as well as Non-Muslims in WA to provide authentic information about Islam”. The back page of the February 2004 issue does not by any standard provide “authentic information”. But, in a way quite unintended by the editor and publisher, it may in fact provide “authentic information about Islam”.