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Why Wiley Drake's Prayer for Obama to Die is Not a Problem

Americans have been in a bit of a twitter upon hearing Baptist preacher Wiley Drake’s admission that he has been praying for the death of Barack Obama:

Alan Colmes: When you say you are praying for the death of someone using imprecatory prayer, you then said — I asked, then, “for whom else are you praying in that fashion?” And you said “President Obama.” Are you praying for his death?

Wiley Drake: Yes.

Colmes: So you’re praying for the death of the president of the United States.

Drake: Yes.

Colmes: Do you, are you concerned that by saying that you might find yourself on some kind of a Secret Service call or FBI wanted list or, uh, do you think it’s appropriate to say something like that, or even pray for something like that?

Drake: I think it’s appropriate to pray the Word of God. 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.

Colmes: Uh, you would like for the president of the United States to die?

Drake: 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, uh, that would cause him, uh, death, that’s correct…. I think we’ll see, in the days ahead, other imprecatory prayers answered. God says clearly in his word that we are to continue to pray, and he will answer our prayers.

Wiley Drake: Now With Southern Baptist Implacatory Imprecatory Super Death Ray!I don’t see why anybody should really by upset by this; to be upset by Wiley Drake’s words they have to have some power. It’s not that Wiley Drake is an unconnected pastor… he’s a former vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention and he ran on a presidential ticket last year with Alan Keyes. So Wiley Drake has some earthly connections, yes.

But really, any “imprecatory prayer” Wiley Drake makes for a person’s death should be giggled at rather than condemned. Drake has a track record of imprecatory death prayers that have gone utterly unfulfilled. Back in August of 2007, Wiley Drake reported that he’d begun casting his magical imprecatory prayers for the deaths of Barry Lynn, Joe Conn and Jeremy Leaming, three individuals who work for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

Two years later, are these targets of Wiley Drake’s death prayers dead? No, they’re alive and well. That makes Wiley Drake’s God either a fiction or a feeble wimp. Every time he makes a big ol’ death prayer for someone prominent, it’s like Drake is putting up a billboard that reads, “The God of the Southern Bapitsts is a Joke!” And while there are a lot of Southern Baptists out there, and while Wiley Drake is connected to them, it’s not like one of them has gone out and followed Drake’s theatrics by firebombing Barry Lynn’s home. As feeble or fictional as the Southern Baptist God is, Wiley’s Southern Baptist supporters are inactive and inert.

Silly, silly Wiley Drake says the Just Wrath of his Mighty God character will strike any day now: “I think we’ll see, in the days ahead, other imprecatory prayers answered.” OK, fella, we’ll keep an eye out. Every day that Barry Lynn and Joe Conn and Jeremy Leaming and Barack Obama keep walking around doing what they’re doing, we’ll laugh at you more heartily and stick in an extra few snorts. That’s what Wiley Drake deserves: not a condemnation that pretends his power is real, but a laugh.

7 thoughts on “Why Wiley Drake's Prayer for Obama to Die is Not a Problem”

  1. newsjunkie says:


    Just goes to show how one man’s Islamic Fundamentalist is another man’s Christian wacko. You are right to ignore such ravings but perhaps not giving these publicity speakers the oxygen in blogs is the answer. Leave them to suffocate on their own bile.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Who are the memebers of his chruch(Wiley).?A true man of God does not wish death upon anyone.

    1. Jim says:

      Dearie, “True Men of God” have been doing just that for at least ten thousand years.

  3. Tom says:

    Ever heard of “The Inquisition”, anonymous?

  4. Anonymous says:

    the Inquisition was both ways Tom. It was people who claime to follow Christ killing people who claimed to follow Christ

  5. Devon says:


    There so much reason to be upset about Wiley Drake’s comments. The fact is that people listen to Drake, people like Scott Roeder. Now, I agree with you whole heatedly when you are stating that the power of prayer is a joke; it is true that each time Wiley Drake makes one of these death prayers and it goes unfulfilled it just proves the lack of his praying prowess. However, the point remains that we need to be upset about this. We have as much to fear from Islamic radicals as we do from Christian radicals. God will not strike down President Obama, but another nut job like Scott Roeder just might. It does end there. Be upset not just because comments like those made by Wiley Drake have real word implication, be upset because what he is doing is completely unfair. Jim if you or I walked up to any rational person and said “excuse me, I just wanted to let you know that I want that guy over there to die.” That person would be appalled and more that likely lecture us one how wrong it is to wish the death of another. If we don’t get upset about this then we saying it’s morally acceptable for anyone to wish death on others, whether it have any real threat or not. Now it is America’s duty to be that person, get upset, and take an ethical stance by letting the country and Wiley Drake know that it is not OK to wish any one to die, let alone our president!

    1. Jim says:

      Unless I am mistaken, Wiley Drake didn’t speak a word in public about any imprecatory prayer for Tiller to be dead before Tiller was killed. So (again, unless I am mistaken) Scott Roeder couldn’t have been pushed into action by Drake’s imprecatory prayer.

      I don’t care if anyone WISHES anybody else to be dead, because I do not believe WISHES have any power. My problem is with people ACTUALLY killing one another. Wish for the death of others all you like; I think it’s perfectly morally acceptable so long as you don’t follow through.

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