Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Pastor Who Prays for Obama's Death to Attend NOM's Anti-Gay Marriage Rally at SCOTUS

The ugliness of the Christofascists just seems to be compounding both in terms of their anti-gay animus and their hatred (dare we also say racism?) directed against Barack Obama.  Why do I say this?  Because Wiley Drake, a vitriolic anti-gay Southern Baptist pastor who says he prays for Barack Obama's death is now going to join the other hate merchants slated to attend the National Organization for Marriage's anti-gay rally at the U.S. Supreme Court later this month as the Court hears oral arguments on the Proposition 8 and DOMA appeals before the Court.  It is sad state of affairs, but increasingly the far right Christofascists active long and pray for death and misfortune to overtake others.  Christ must be cringing given what is purportedly being done in his name.  Jeremy Hooper at Good As You has details on the convergence of hate being sponsored by NOM (Note Jeremy's challenge to NOM).  Here are some details:
Wiley Drake is extremely anti-gay. The Southern Baptist pastor is known for two prominent campaigns he waged during the mid-'90s: [1] Leading the charge against Disney in the mid-'90s (Drake wrote the resolution calling for an anti-gay boycott) and [2] Heading the campaign against openly gay ambassador James Hormel.

However, while his extremely anti-LGBT views are clear, what Mr. Drake is most known for are his "imprecatory prayers." Imprecatory prayers, for those not in the know, are prayers in which a person calls on God to bring evil onto a person or entity who/that he or she considers wicked. For most Christians, these kinds of prayers are completely off the table. For Mr. Drake, however, they are the thing of normalcy. In recent years, Mr. Drake has directed such prayers toward Fred Phelps, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, George Tiller (for whose murder he thanked God), IRS employees, members of Congress, and many others. It's kind of his thing.
But there's one such prayer for which Mr. Drake is most known. To wit:

ALAN COLMES: Are you praying for [President Obama's] death?
COLMES: So you're praying for the death of the President of the United States?

(*first voice is Colmes; second is Drake)

Here's where NOM comes in .  .  .  NOM totally did reach out to Drake. Check this out. What follows are email exchanges in which this very same Wiley Drake commits to showing up and bringing his supporters to the NOM march—a commitment for which Allegra Herburt-Hewell, one of the organizers behind the NOM march (she's also an employee of Robby's George's American Principles Project), thanks Drake before offering further assistance. Mr. Drake posted these exchanges to his public Facebook wall:

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[W]hat is completely clear is that Ms. Hewell and NOM now know exactly who Mr. Drake is. I will see to it that the right people see this post and learn more about this person who sees his own shocking cause as being so perfectly in line with the NOM mission. This will then leave NOM with a choice: to stand with Mr. Drake and let his obviously extreme views become connected to the march or to make it clear that their causelisted as protecting marriage and the faith communities that sustain it—has nothing to do with a man who has quite literally—QUITE. LITERALLY—prayed for the death of our President (who he calls "an evil illegal alien"). 
 As I have said many times, these "godly Christian" folks are NOT nice and decent people.  They make the Biblical Pharisees look like saints in comparison.

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