The National Organization for Marriage is trying its best to rally support for its “March for Marriage” on March 26, which will have a full slate of religious anti-gay speakers. The group is even trying to pretend that inviting people is the same as having people attend to make it look like they have more support. But now it seems that NOM has a particularly despicable partner for the March, Southern Baptist pastor Wiley Drake, who regularly prays for people’s death, including President Obama.
Jeremy Hooper noticed not only that Drake is promoting the march, but that he shared an email exchange coordinating his support with the march organizers. In fact, he committed to bringing his Congressional Prayer Conference broadcast to the march, and the event coordinator seemed all too grateful for his support.
This is the company NOM seems all too happy to keep: religious leaders who are so opposed to liberal positions that they pray for the President’s death. Here’s an audio recording of Drake doubling down on such “imprecatory prayer” in a radio interview with Alan Colmes:
COLMES: You say you are praying for the death of somebody using imprecatory prayer…. I asked for whom else are you praying in that fashion and you said, President Obama. Are you praying for his death?
COLMES: So you’re praying for the death of the President of the United States.
DRAKE: Yes. [...]
COLMES: You would like 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 that would cause him death. That’s correct.
Listen to it:
It’s likely the candlelight vigils being held by people who support marriage equality will have a different tone.