Back in June, “Birther” Wiley Drake issued a call for imprecatory prayers against Barack Obama, asking God to kill him.
Now, Drake has backed off of that call … at least until Obama can be tried and convicted of treason:
A former Southern Baptist Convention officer who made headlines in June when he said on national radio that he was praying for Barack Obama to die now says he wants to see the president live long enough to stand trial for treason.
Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., issued a press release Nov. 19 calling for an end to “imprecatory prayer” — words of judgment from the Book of Psalms prayed back to God, directed toward Obama.
Drake said 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.”
Drake attributed his change of heart to “spiritual counsel” of James David Manning, pastor at ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York, contained in a 16 1/2-minute video recorded Nov. 18.
“I have asked men everywhere please do you no harm,” Manning said in remarks he addressed to “Barack Hussein the long-legged mack daddy Obama.” According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “mack daddy” is slang for a slick womanizer or conspicuously successful pimp.
“I do not want to see anyone attempt, dream about, think about or ever discuss assassinating you,” Manning continued. “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 guess this sudden connection to a Birther-extraordinaire such as Manning shouldn’t come as much of a surprise seeing as just last week Alan Keyes, who was Drake’s presidential running mate in 2008, also announced his agreement with his views.