Focus on the Family has pulled a video from it’s web site that asks people to pray for “rain of biblical proportions” during Barack Obama’s Aug. 28 appearance at Invesco Field at Mile High to accept the Democratic nomination for president.

Stuart Shepard is the director of digital media at “Focus Action”, the political arm of Focus on the Family. He wrote and starred in “Pray for Rain” which was suppose to be all in fun.

It was intended to be one of Shepard’s weekly video commentaries that appear on Focus Action’s web site. All of Shepard’s videos are tongue-in-cheek or “snarky” as we like to say here at RightPundits! In them, he examines political issues from the conservative Christian viewpoint of Focus Action.

“Pray for Rain,” which lasted less than three minutes, shows a lighthearted Shepard at Invesco Field asking viewers to pray for “torrential” rain during Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

“I’m talking ‘umbrella-ain’t-going-to-help-you rain,'” he says on the video.

The video’s point, Shepard said, is that in his view Obama has not clearly stated his stances on abortion and gay marriage, important themes within the Christian right.

Um, we’ve noticed.

But complaints from about a dozen “Focus” members complaining that prayer shouldn’t be used to bring harm on someone convinced the organization to pull the video.

“If people took it seriously, we regret it. We are not about confusing people about prayer,” said Tom Minnery, Focus Action vice president of public policy.

And as for praying to flood out the Obamamessiah?

“It’s called hyperbole,” Stuart Shepard said. “It was meant to be humorous.”

We get that Mr. Shepard. Unfortunatately the humor(less) police is in full swing this election season and this little video seems to be another casualty of unrequited satire.

The good news is that with youtube, you can find almost anything. So, you can watch “Pray for Rain” at the end of this post.


“Pray for Rain during Obama’s DNC speech” Video

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