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Facebook group 'prays' for Obama's death?
Critics say an anti-Obama Facebook group crosses a dangerous line
 
An image from the Facebook group, which some critics say goes too far.
An image from the Facebook group, which some critics say goes too far.

A feud has broken out on Facebook, after critics accused a new Facebook group of "praying" for the death of President Barack Obama. (Watch a video, below) "Dear Lord," runs the prayer (which doubles as the group's name), "this year you took my favorite actor, Patrick Swayzie (sic). You took my favorite actress, Farah (sic) Fawcett. You took my favorite singer, Michael Jackson. I just wanted to let you know, my favorite president is Barack Obama, amen." While the anti-Obama group has more than 1.1 million supporters, a counter group, with just under 700,000 members, has sprouted up to agitate for its removal, since Facebook's terms of use prohibit “hateful, threatening, pornographic," and violent content.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes says the anti-Obama group, though "distasteful and objectionable to some," hasn't broken the site's rules. That's debatable, says Michael Tomasky in the Guardian. "Free speech has never included shouting 'fire!' in a theater," he says, "and it shouldn't include wishing death on any public figure, let alone the president." Fine, says blogger Trench Reynolds in TheTrenchCoat.com. But "would those of you who are demanding the removal of this Facebook group have done the same" if it were directed at George W. Bush? "Just askin'." Watch a report about the group:

 

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