2010.11.10 Sybil Diccion: Seeking president's death?

Written by David Green.

Not so long ago, I was afforded the opportunity to visit a FaceBook website as a guest. Since I’m not an FB subscriber, I really don’t know how the whole idea works, but I caught on enough to be able to view numerous photos of familiar faces on their personal pages. I was even able to view some of the books they have read, movies they’ve seen, or musical artists who appeal to them.

After spending a bit of time going from photo to photo of people I recognized, I happened to come across a comment that seriously disturbed me—one that truly stopped me in my tracks. Upon further investigation, I noticed the very same comment on several of the other pages and decided to make note of those to whom the following was attached. Here is what I read:

Dear Lord, This year you took my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze. You took my favorite actress, Farah Fawcett. You took my favorite singer, Michael Jackson. I just wanted to let you know, my favorite president is Barack Obama. Amen.

What really took me by surprise, however, were the names of the individuals who posted the above comment on their personal page. I had always known them by their gentleness, their sweet and smiling faces, and a respect for others. I also knew them for their Christian fervor.

Thus, while listening to a sermon yesterday that asked, “What is a Christian?”, I was reminded of that prayer that prayed for Obama’s death. I thought to myself that maybe I’m the one who has it all wrong because in all my years of living, I never thought of Christ wishing death upon someone. So if that is one of the qualifications, then I guess I’ll just have to drop out of the club. It seems a bit too extreme for me.

– Sybil Diccion

Main Street, Morenci

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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