Famous preacher Wiley Drake is proud of the fact that he prays for God to kill President Barack Obama. What’s more, he doesn’t see why anyone has a problem with this. The Associated Baptist Press reports on this bizarre character (WebCite cached version):

A former Southern Baptist Convention officer who on June 2 called the death of abortion provider George Tiller an answer to prayer said later in the day he is also praying “imprecatory prayer” against President Obama.

Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., and former running mate of American Independent Party presidential candidate Alan Keyes, said June 2 on Fox News Radio he didn’t understand why people were upset with his comments quoted by Associated Baptist Press from a webcast of his daily radio talk show.

He knows this is just fine, because he has been instructed to do so by the Almighty, and anyone who disagrees needs to take it up with him:

“Imprecatory prayer is agreeing with God, and if people don’t like that, they need to talk to God,” Drake told syndicated talk-show host Alan Colmes. “God said it, I didn’t. I was just agreeing with God.”

But far from merely insisting he’s doing God’s work, Drake proudly elaborates on the kinds of things he prays for and is all too happy to confirm it:

Asked if there are others for whom Drake is praying “imprecatory prayer,” Drake hesitated before answering that there are several. “The usurper that is in the White House is one, B. Hussein Obama,” he said.

Later in the interview, Colmes returned to Drake’s answer to make sure he heard him right.

“Are you praying for his death?” Colmes asked.

“Yes,” Drake replied.

“So you’re praying for the death of the president of the United States?”

“Yes.”

So we have an unabashed, repeated confirmation of it. But then Colmes asks something that almost makes Drake back up:

Colmes asked Drake if he was concerned that by saying that he might be placed on a Secret Service or FBI watch list, and if he believed it appropriate to talk or pray that way.

“I think it’s appropriate to pray the Word of God,” Drake said. “I’m not saying anything. What I am doing is repeating what God is saying, and if that puts me on somebody’s list, then I’ll just have to be on their list.”

After telling us repeatedly that he was all too happy to obey God by praying for Obama’s death, Drake tries to swerve out of the way of Secret Service review by insisting that he’s merely “repeating what God is saying” and that, ultimately, he’s “not saying anything.”

What a fucking weasel.

Keep in mind that Wiley Drake is not just a “lunatic fringe” nutcase or a “nobody.” He is, rather, a widely-respected minister and a well-known voice in the Religious Right. He served as an officer for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest and most influential Protestant denomination in the United States. Naturally this means the SBC went out of its way to distance itself from these remarks:

Sing Oldham, vice president for convention relations with the SBC Executive Committee, was unavailable for comment until late on May 4.

He said that while Drake served one year as second vice president of the SBC, he is not now nor has ever been a spokesman for the convention.

“Mr. Drake does not represent Southern Baptist actions, resolutions, or positions in his interpretation and application of ‘imprecatory prayers,'” Oldham said. “Any comments made by Wiley Drake on this subject represent his personal views, not those of the Convention.”

So there you have it … someone who once was part of the SBC’s leadership, cannot speak for the SBC. If you can figure out how that works, let me know, ’cause I can’t. Just another example of religious folk enabling each other’s outrages in order to evade having to take responsibility for them. Nice.

Hat tip: Apathetic Agnostic Church.

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