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From the past, for your edification

From Harpers some time in the early 2000s:

[Malediction]
HOW’M I DOIN’?

From a letter sent last August by school-board official Rochell Moore to Francis Slay, mayor of St. Louis. Moore, who was elected in April 2001, is unhappy with the board’s decision, on the advice of a private management firm, to close sixteen schools and eliminate 1 ,400 jobs. When questioned about the letter, Moore denied wishing the mayor harm, claiming, “I didn’t say it, God said it.”

Open Letter to Francis Slay, Mayor of the City of St. Louis.

Because of the position you have taken against St. Louis Public Schools, you are cursed with a curse.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed Francis Slay and all those whom help him already. Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The LORD shall send upon Francis Slay and anyone who helps him cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings.

The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto Francis Slay and anyone who helps him, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it. The LORD shall smite Francis Slay and anyone who helps him with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew. And the angel of the LORD shall pursue Francis Slay until he perishes. The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

The LORD shall cause Francis Slay and all those whom help him to be smitten before thine enemies: You shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

Consume Francis Slay and all those whom help him in wrath. Consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.

So it is and so shall it be.

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