Feel That Christian Love5 December, 2009
Christianity is a religion of, supposedly, love. The love of god (and if you don’t love him back in the right way, he will sentence you to an eternity torment. The love of children (and you can even let them starve while waiting for god to provide). The love towards one’s enemy (specifically, Christians would love them to die).
One of the most egregious Christianist asshats has been a certain Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, California. He has asked his sheeple to pray for the death of various individuals. Americans United for Separation of Church and State has been a particular bete noire:
In light of the recent attack from the enemies of God I ask the children of God to go into action with Imprecatory Prayer. Especially against Americans United for Separation of Church and State. I made an attempt to go to them via Matt 18:15 but they refused to talk to me. Specifically target Joe Conn or Jeremy Learing. (from Christian NewsWire)
Drake is not, of course, limited in his spell-casting death wishes. He has also raised some eyebrows asking for the death of ‘the usurper’ (from Little Green Footballs):
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?”
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.”
“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.”
Drake has expressed surprise that anyone would be upset that he is praying, and is asking other to pray, for the death of the President of the United States of America. After all,
“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.” (from abpnews)
Well, there you go. Drake isn’t asking god to strike President Obama down. God has already decided to do that (sometime (apparently) in the next 30 to 60 years (or so)) and Drake is merely agreeing with his personal vision of a sociopathic god. But, obviously, if he agrees with god, then that must be absolute and unchangeable.
It must be nice to be a radical right wing Christian dominionist and be able to hypocrosize freely. Because now Drake has asked his followers to disagree with god and stop praying for Barack Obama’s death (from Americans United):
Wiley Drake . . . has issued a press release calling for the end to an “imprecatory prayer” for President Barack Obama’s death.
No, Drake was not overcome with the holiday spirit. Instead, he has received some “spiritual guidance” that made him realize Obama is worth more alive.
He is now “calling for all of God’s people and prayer warriors to cease the imprecatory prayer, and pray for Mr. Obama’s protection until he can be properly tried for treason.”
It’s as if Drake didn’t think the public thought he was crazy enough, he now has changed his tune to be an even bigger joke.
Drake was convinced by a video message from James David Manning, a man even more batshit crazy than Wiley Drake:
What’s more is that his revelation to keep Obama alive and well came from watching a video of James David Manning, pastor at ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York. Manning, who gives Drake a run for his money in the cuckoo department, once referred to Obama during a sermon as “trash” and a “long legged mack daddy,” slang for someone who provides prostitutes.
Drake says he was persuaded to drop the death prayers by a video message Manning recorded on Nov. 18. On the video, Manning, addressing Obama, says, “I do not want to see anyone attempt, dream about, think about or ever discuss assassinating you. It is most important to you and to my savior Jesus that you live, and that you live a long life, but that you live that we might be able to bring you to trial. You see, if someone does you harm, and you are not able to be brought to trial, then we lose the opportunity of proving our statements that you are not the president of the United States of America. You are not. You are an illegal alien, a usurper.”
I just love right wing hypocrisizing: first Drake Manning [thank you, Matthew] says he does “not want to see anyone attempt, dream about, think about or ever discuss assassinating” the President. Then he follows it up with eliminationist rhetoric, calling our President and illegal alien and a usurper.
Drake (and Manning) love America (though it would appear that they hate the Constitution of the United States of America and the very idea of participatory democracy). Drake loves children (so much so that he views women as axlotl tanks with inconveniently active brains). And Drake loves his ‘enemy’. Sad when a man’s enemy is the legal leader of the country he professes to love. Why do radical conservatives, political and religious, profess to love America and then hate virtually every single thing for which America stands?