Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Xians Putting Death Spells On Politicians

Nice religion you got there, xians. No, really.

Southern Baptist Pastor Wiley Drake of Buena Park sent out an email Monday night, saying that perhaps his prayers had been answered with the death of [Democratic] Rep. John Murtha yesterday.

“Maybe God took him out,” Drake wrote. “Maybe God Answered our
IMPRECATORY prayer that we prayed every 30 days.”

The Pennsylvania congressman, a decorated former Marine who fiercely opposed the Iraq war, died at the age of 77 after complications from gallbladder surgery.

I asked Drake if his statements weren’t distasteful, particularly coming immediately after Murtha’s death. He said that as a Christian, he didn’t buy into the sentiment of not speaking ill of the dead.

“It’s not distasteful to pray the word of God and include somebody’s name,” he said. “I didn’t celebrate his death. I said maybe it was God’s answer to our imprecatory prayer.”

Drake regularly asks his “prayer warriors” to participate in prayer targeting “unrighteous” politicians. He typically uses Psalms 109, including these passages including in his Monday email: “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” And, “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”

At one point, Drake prayed for the death of President Barack Obama. However, he dropped that because he wants to see Obama faces charges that he is not a natural-born citizen and so cannot be president. Drake has such a lawsuit on appeal. Drake said he and his prayer warriors had been praying for Murtha’s death for four or five months. Among other things, Drake said Murtha’s use of profanity and his use of God’s name in vain [caused Drake to offer the imprecatory spells]. Beside praying for the death of specific politicians, he said they pray for “politicians in general who are taking unrighteous stands."

Of course, one can imagine the cries of outrage if Pagans announced that their spells had caused the death of some right-wing politician. (If Psalm 109 is anything other than a spell, I'd like to know what it is. ) Sensible Pagans would line up to disassociate themselves from the practice and we'd hear all about the Rule of Three.

I'm sure that "mainstream" xians will fall all over themselves denouncing this practice.

No, I'm not.


greekwitch said...

Oh my Goddess! The world has gone crazy!

Lindsey said...

That's...shameful. And the song? Terrifying. As a Jesus-loving Goddess worshiper, this sort of thing makes me want to weep. How does such hatred grow and thrive? And how do the same types of people then turn around and point the "Eek! Witchcraft!" finger at others? As though a purification spell or a tarot spread was somehow evil in comparison to a hate-filled "prayer".

Makarios said...

Re. that video--I've taken a look at the YouTube channel of the person who uploaded it. Wacko. Serious crazy. Some of his other titles:

"Get a grip on immigration"
"Jesus was not a Jew"
"Race Against Time--Christian Nationalism"
"Godless America"

Total batshittery. *shakes head*

Makarios said...

Oh--and he don't take kindly to no interracial marriages neither.

Kate said...

"Turn it off man! Turn it off! It's sucking my will to live!"

Anonymous said...

wow. stunning. how does he sleep at night? it boggles the mind that he thinks this is the word he is spreading.

Teacats said...

Of course -- the true mind-ripper is the fact that other xians are NOT coming out to say this guy has an asshole for a brain! And the fact (as you well mention) that if Pagans (of any sort) did this kind of stuff -- we'd be run outta town by people with torches and pitchforks. Sad. Scary.

P.S. Dallas got a true snowfall today. Quite amazing for this part of the world.

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

Teacats said...

Did you hear the Bill Clinton has been hospitalized? Another one to add to that hate-filled and hate fulfilled list?

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

Makarios said...

The whole thing seems to have been ignored by the MSM as well. I've consulted Google News, entering the pastor's name, and there are only two relevant hits--neither being mainstream media.