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

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
  • Front.snake
    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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