Of course, they now say that the whole incident was a misunderstanding, a misunderstanding that, according to the church, was taken out of context by the media. It happened at a carnival put on by the church and showed an image of a black man with a target on his head and one on his heart, the image also displayed a presidential seal on his belt and a scroll in his hand labeled, “Health Bill.” Despite all this, the church wants you to believe that this was just a coincidence.
The Church is Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Roseto PA. The pastor, Rev. Jim Prior didn’t put an end to the shooting game because he claims he didn’t see it during the carnival. But the game was seen by many others who expressed their frustration with the game put on at a church event.
Kathryn Chapman and her husband made the trip to the carnival and were stunned when they saw the so-called Alien game depicting the president. Said Mrs. Chapman;
“I just can’t believe how far things have come that now on church property you can shoot the president and get a prize if you hit him in the head or heart.”
Mr. Richard Shultz described his reaction to the game;
“The message… step right up and shoot the president — I mean, c’mon. In my lifetime, two presidents have been shot and I don’t think we should have that as an amusement game.”
President of Goodtime Amusements Irvin L. Good Jr. initially said the image does not portray President Obama. He went on to say that anyone who got offended by the game wanted to be offended. After story of the game broke, Goodtime Amusements was swamped with calls from angry patrons. Mr. Good offered somewhat of an apology, saying;
“I know some people won’t accept our apology, but we are sincere when we offer it.”
The FEDS have indicated that they’re on the case and further investigations may be necessary.
Letter from Kathryn Chapman and Family
On July 24, we attended our annual family reunion in Roseto. It coincided with the final day of the Roseto Big Time, an annual festival that financially benefits Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish.
The carnival — Good Time Amusements — was on parish property. We were appalled to find that a shooting game had as its target an unmistakable image of President Obama. One wins a prize by shooting the president on targets placed on his head or heart. Adults and children alike were taking aim at the president. How could the parish allow Good Time Amusements to promote violence against the president of the United States? What message does this send to our children?
We asked one carnival owner how he could condone targeting the president. His response was that he was exercising freedom of speech. The response from the pastor who was in the church rectory was that he never saw it but declined to do anything about it. Passing the buck, he told us to address this with the other pastor who was attending the carnival. We were unsuccessful in finding him.
The message to our children appears to be that if you don’t agree with the president, “shoot him.” How will our children translate this when they get into a disagreement at the playground? And how could Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, wittingly or unwittingly, allow this to happen? Shame on the church if they invite Good Time Amusements back next year.
- Obama Likeness Used As Darts Target At Carnival (huffingtonpost.com)
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- PENNSYLVANIA: Catholic Church Uses Obama Target In Carnival Game (joemygod.blogspot.com)