[Wiley] Drake [former SBC second vice president] said June 2 on "The Alan Colmes Show" that unless Obama repents, he is praying that God will kill the president. Drake said he believes that is what happened to slain abortion provider George Tiller, who was shot to death while attending church in Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, May 31.
Describing the interview on "The Wiley Drake Show" on Crusade Radio June 3, Drake said Colmes invited him on the program because someone had asked him about his initial response to news that Tiller had died.
"I've been a Baptist pastor for a long time, been in the pro-life fight, been face-to-face with Tiller, told him about Jesus, and I've seen many, many others tell him about Jesus over and over and over again," Drake said. "And I've seen horrific things that go on in those death abortuaries -- and that's what they are -- and so my initial response to those people, they said, 'Well what was your response,' and I said, 'Well, in all honesty I have to just respond directly and say I am glad that he's dead.'"
In the Fox interview, Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., called Obama "a usurper" and claimed he is "not an American-born citizen." Challenged for referring to the president as "B. Hussein Obama," Drake denied calling him that because it makes him sound like a Muslim. "I call him that because it's his name," Drake insisted.
Accused of holding views on the fringe of American culture, Drake acknowledged: "It is a fringe point of view, and I take that as a badge of honor. I am on the fringe."
Source: Associated Baptist Press
At least he admits that he's on the fringe, but in doing so he also admits that the majority of Christians in America don't agree with him. I wonder how that makes him feel? What I'd really like to see if for prominent Christian leaders — and especially Southern Baptist leaders — openly, unambiguously, and soundly condemn these views. Conservative evangelical Christians complain about moderate Muslims not doing enough to push back against Muslim extremists, so where is the push-back from moderate Christians against this self-admitted extremist?
Drake said Southern Baptists have lost belief in "imprecatory prayer" -- praying passages from the Psalms where the Psalmist is asking God to bring death and misfortune on his enemies -- and need to regain the practice.
"It is in the Bible, and we are proud to say as Southern Baptists that we believe the Book," he said. "You've got to believe the whole Book, brother, or you don't believe any of it."
Maybe most Christians have dumped the concept of "imprecatory prayer" because they progressed morally and politically beyond the Bronze Age where Drake is trying to draw the concept back out from. Perhaps it's just too much to ask Wiley Drake to behave less like an illiterate Bronze Age sheepherder and more like a 21st century adult. It would be nice if he could make the shift because then he could help move Christians forwards rather than trying to drag them backwards like this.
"You would like for the president of the United States to die?" Colmes asked once more.
"If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death, that's correct."
Source: Associated Baptist Press
So it appears that Wiley Drake expects or hopes his god will take action specifically because he asks for it. He's not saying that God will necessarily strike Obama down for not following certain rules; instead, he's saying that he hopes God will fulfill his request to strike Obama down. This would make him necessarily complicit in the act — so if Obama does die and Drake claims that this prayers were the reason why, can he be charged as an accessory to murder?
Just in case you had any doubts that Wiley Drake might be insane, consider this:
Drake said he did not believe Tiller's accused killer is a pro-life Christian.
"I'm of the opinion -- and now everybody's going to say 'There goes Wiley down the conspiracy-theory road,' I'm of the opinion that somebody in the Obama camp had this guy killed."
"Who benefits the most from this man killing a doctor?" Drake asked. "We certainly don't. Pro-life people certainly don't. It hurts us. It damages us, but Obama will indeed advance it. This will be one of those crises to take advantage of, and he's already done that."
Right, the fact that a man with a long history of anti-choice activism and violence was arrested and has a lot of evidence against him means nothing. It must have been Obama in the library with a lead pipe simply because no "real" Christian could commit murder in the name of a holy cause. Real Christians pray that God will commit murder. Or something like that.