Conservative Christian Extremists Target Obama

Pastor Wiley Drake

Although conservative Christians, Evangelicals in particular have always been somewhat of a radical fringe in America, lately their messages have grown increasingly extreme. From death wish bumper stickers to praying for his death to virtual fatwas, they are deliberately creating an explosive situation that could easily lead to an assassination.

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” -Sinclair Lewis

The Westboro Baptist Church headquartered in Topeka, Kansas is one such example of extremism. They are infamous for their “God Hates Fags” signs, although they employ other equally offensive slogans and tactics. They commonly protest military funerals while stomping on the American flag. They often blame the victims of natural disasters and terrorist attacks as ‘sinners’ who deserve their fate. They founded many inflammatory websites such as priestsrapeboys.com that show their intolerance is not limited to one particular group, but other Christian sects as well.

Their tactics are usually protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, although there are reports of people being battered, harassed, stalked, and spit on by the WBC congregants. The WBC is being monitored by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Despite the head cleric calling Obama the antichrist, there doesn’t seem to be too much incitement towards violence towards the president from the WBC at this time. They are being brought up as an example of how far right cults can turn increasingly extreme in their message.

Whereas the WBC is so ridiculously far out there that they are rarely taken seriously by anyone, other conservative Christian groups are far more insidious. For instance, instead of picketing the military, the American Family Association is hiding behind it, and called for it to ban Muslims. This is usually the angle that the fanatics take to spread their hate: using their false sense of patriotism and family values.

This is where it gets interesting. Many on the right, whether religious or not are spreading the lie that Obama is a secret Muslim. Some have even spread the erroneous rumor that he took his oath of office for the US Senate on the Koran (that was Keith Ellison, a black member of congress from Minnesota). Many others are spreading the lie about Obama being foreign born, thus ineligible to be POTUS. In both cases, these are not only meant to spark distrust and fear of Obama, but to act as a pretext for removing him from office by any means necessary. After all, in their warped view of reality he is a foreign threat seeking to undermine and destroy America.

The conservative Christians fear and hate of Barack Hussein Obama has been apparent for over a year. During the presidential campaign, these irrational fears came into focus. Focus on the Family Action wrote the fear mongering “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America” in which there was gay marriage in every state, Israel was nuked, and 4 US population centers were hit by terrorist strikes, all due to the election of Obama. A Pentacostal publication wrote that “Life As We Know It Will End If Obama is Elected.” The Christian ‘Anti-Defamation’ Commission put up videos called “7 Reasons Barack Obama is not a Christian.”

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This fear mongering has intensified over the last year. There was a poll on Facebook asking whether Obama should be killed. A rogue militia ordered Obama to leave the country or face the ‘consequences’. A right wing blog with ties to Christian conservatives advocated a Honduran style military coup. Merchandise began to be sold saying: Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8. This passage reads: “Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”


Then we have Pastor Steven Andersen of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, who first gained national notoriety when he stated, “If you’re a homosexual, I hope you get brain cancer like Ted Kennedy.” This man virtually issued a jihadi inspired fatwa against Obama during a fiery sermon. Not long after, one of his flock arrived at an opposition rally with a locked and loaded assault rifle when Obama was visiting Phoenix. There was no violence in this incident, but it goes to show how conservative Christian hate speech could clearly lead to an assassination attempt.

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This is a very real threat. There has been a chilling rise in right wing hate around the country. President Obama receives an average of 30 death threats per day, a 400% increase over former President Bush. A conservative website even offered a list of Democratic Senators to assassinate so their Republican governors could appoint Republican replacements, thus taking away the 60 vote caucus.

Finally we have imprecatory prayers. This was in the news recently as many Republican leaders including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and members of the cult like group The Family participated in a prayer event which aimed to have divine intervention stop someone (presumably the frail Sen. Byrd (D-WV)) from voting in the health care debate.

This is eerily familiar to Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, California, who prayed for the death of Dr. George Tiller prior to a right wing assassin gunning Tiller down in his church last summer. Pastor Drake has also prayed for the death of Obama on Fox News talk radio.

The far right conservative Christian extremists are increasingly using menacing ways to spread their messages of fear and hate. Their messages are creating a volatile atmosphere in which violence, especially directed against Barack Obama is starting to rise to dangerous levels. Using the bully pulpit of the altar, selling merchandise, and conservative media, there is a clear and present danger when combined with the conservative counter-revolution.

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32 Responses to Conservative Christian Extremists Target Obama

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    • -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Stuart Hannig
      December 28, 2009 at 12:18 am

      This is the true side of Christianity – it’s very hate filled. The religion like Islam preaches peace, but the followers are aggressive and fanatical. They don’t listen to what they’re supposed to act like instead act vile and violent.

      As I said this is the true face of Christianity that progressive Christians want to pretend doesn’t exist. Thew news won’t report on it because they don’t want people to see the ugly side.

      • +4 Vote -1 Vote +1heavenlyhippie
        December 28, 2009 at 1:44 am

        No this is not Christianity in anyway shape form, This is actually blasphemy against Christ and his teachings. True Christians are too busy loving and helping others and do not boast therefore are not noticed in the Media. Don’t let this wolf in sheep clothing fool ya!! Just because someone claims to be a christian it definitely does not make them one. Get to know Jesus then you will recognize the true Christians. These people are the anti Christ because they are teaching every thing against Christ. Even the devil knows the bible.

      • Vote -1 Vote +1anon
        December 28, 2009 at 5:19 am

        To say this is the true side of Christianity isn’t accurate, this is a radical and insane group, who wants all sorts of Scripture to be true, except Roman 13 which says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

  2. +21 Vote -1 Vote +1adx
    December 27, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Excellent article; all points entirely agreed. These “conservative” people are actually, in some cases, mentally unstable fanatics who are causing tremendous and extreme hatred, adversity and division — despite labeling themselves “christians.” There is absolutely nothing, nothing whatsoever “christian” about their behavior; look at the article, which speaks bluntly and accurately. Are you far more reminded of God and Jesus … or of Satan? People praying for cancer upon others, for the death of others, talking about weapons, talking about military uprisings — IF one is to speak in religious terms, IF … then this is the work of the devil. Otherwise, it’s really, truly and sadly “nut jobs” who want to destroy America, who must be watched very closely, and who must be arrested *no matter how many arrests must be made, no matter how many trials must be enacted*, if they pose any threat to this country. Thank you.

  3. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Vapor King
    December 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Extremist from any side is going to be dangerous. I just don’t understand these people.

  4. +11 Vote -1 Vote +1ser
    December 27, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Unbelieveable… This is old fashioned hate-group behavior—all it lacks are bonfires and white hoods. The KKK regarded themselves as Christian too.

  5. -57 Vote -1 Vote +1obama
    December 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Everything said here is the thing the left is doing.

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  7. +20 Vote -1 Vote +1buddhistMonkey
    December 27, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    There is no definition under which these people can be considered “Christian.” They seem to have mistaken Jesus of Nazareth for some gun-toting right-winger who favors the rich, hates the poor, and is violent towards his enemies. Maybe they should refer to themselves as “Nugentians.”

    • +6 Vote -1 Vote +1heavenlyhippie
      December 28, 2009 at 1:07 am

      I totally agree, these right winged haters are not going to bring anyone to Christ. This type of behavior and beliefs should be taken as serious as the threat of terrorism. It really blows me away how these pastors could even call themselves Christian and ave this much hate in their heart. Well I’m here to say you can not pray for death of anyone and expect the Lord to listen. Killing is a sin, The Lord is against sin. So maybe this preacher needs to look in mirror to see the true antichrist. anti meaning against because Christ is LOVE, God is LOVE and Jesus himself said to love your enemies. The Lord shall be their Judge.

  8. +10 Vote -1 Vote +1Jason DeVelvis
    December 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I agree with buddhistMonkey – these people are not Christian, they’re just labeling themselves as such so they can more easily build a following. I can call myself a martian, but that doesn’t make it true.

    Jesus Christ came to teach us to love, not hate. These people, masquerading as Christ followers, are leading others into hate and sin. Sad that the Church (the whole Christian Church, not any one individual sect) doesn’t step up and come out against claims like this. But then again, would that really get any air time? Nope.

    And then there’s the issue of those who are following these people with blind faith, not even stopping to think about what’s happening. Sad…

  9. -13 Vote -1 Vote +1Arthur
    December 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    At first, I thought this was an Onion article. Let’s hope this article doesn’t inflame hatred against true Christians, as it seems designed to do. Right-wing “radicals” who encourage any sort of violence are clearly behaving in an un-Christian manner. And praying for the failure of leftist, anti-Christian politics is not hate. And no, I’m not a Repugnican either…

  10. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1bgator
    December 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
    Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

    If they want a different president, let them vote.

    Silence on this issue is not the sound that should be coming from moderate Christians.

  11. -31 Vote -1 Vote +1Mark
    December 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    This article is filled with bad logic, leaps to dramatic conclusions, and has many factual errors. Very poor, bombthowing article.

    • +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      December 28, 2009 at 1:30 am

      For instance?

  12. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1conn
    December 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I like the banner: Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8
    This just proof that you can use bible to justify evil intention..
    America beware, the most dangerous terrorist is not Osama, they are not in other part of the world – they are at your hometown.. Congratulation…

  13. +10 Vote -1 Vote +1Emily Sue
    December 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    These extremists will accept anything but the harsh truth. They have a black Democratic president. This fact is hard for them to understand as reality. So for them it easier to believe he is a foreign born, socialist muslim. I think they have been brainwashed by right wing media.

  14. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Laura
    December 27, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    These people are no different than Al Qida. Petty, evil little people.

  15. Vote -1 Vote +1Carl
    December 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    “President Obama receives an average of 30 death threats per day, a 400% increase over former President Bush.”

    According to Mark Sullivan, Head of the Secret Service, this is not true – the threats against him are no higher than against GWB. Check his testimony to Congress on 12/3/09.

    Other than that, I agree with what you have written.

    So, where are the real Christians? Why are they not raising their voices against these self-proclaimed Christians who conveniently make up whatever they want (spiritually and politically) in order to promote their own agenda? As Laura pointed out, they really are no different from any other extremists – self-proclaimed Muslim or otherwise – who bend, twist and distort anything and everything to justify whatever they do.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      December 28, 2009 at 1:36 am

      I did some research on this, and it appears you are correct. My previous pointed to a telegraph story that quotes a research author who wrote a book about it. I would like to find some figures somewhere either way, but I’m sure if there is a database on this, it won’t be released to the pubic for a generation.

  16. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1Scott
    December 27, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Almost everything in this article twists what Conservatives stand for. Yes, there are a few people out there who hate our president but to generalize all conservatives into that category is very unfair.

    • +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      December 28, 2009 at 1:37 am

      conservative christians do not necessarily reflect majority views by either conservatives or christians.

  17. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Real Christian
    December 27, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Real christians don’t speak up against these people because real christians are actually busy helping people and actually being loving people to the rest of the world… without flaunting it and screaming it and tea-partying it. And if even if you try to talk to these extremists using actual sound logic and even actual biblical principles, they choose instead to use religion to twist logic and continue screaming what they are screaming.

  18. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Carl
    December 27, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    @Real Christian: Did you read the quote that bgator posted?

    If the real Christians don’t bother to speak up, they are making the same mistake as the real Muslims are making when they don’t speak up to condemn the actions of the Islamist terrorists who justify all of their actions in the name of Allah by selectively quoting the Qur’an – just as the faux Christians do when they justify all of their actions in the name of God by selectively quoting the Bible. Otherwise, what are you going to say when ‘they’ come for you?

    You don’t need to waste your time trying to reason with unreasonable people, but you certainly should be raising your voices in support of the Christ would actually live and act in this world.

  19. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Breanna
    December 28, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Ok…you want a real Christian to speak up? Well here’s one. I don’t agree with the “Christians” in the article and I am ashamed that they label themselves as such. God doesn’t hate “fags” and He offers forgiveness to ALL who come to Him. And really…using the Bible as an excuse to pray for a leader’s death? Grow up! If you were a real Christian, you would have read your Bible and know that that is not what loving others like Christ is all about. We should be praying for our leaders, not stoning them with our hatred. I hate how some people claim to stand for God when they know nothing of who He is.

    “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8)

    There’s a fact you can stand on.

  20. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1heavenlyhippie
    December 28, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Amen to That.

    Two main Commandments

    Love the lord your God with all your Heart, Soul, And Mind.
    Love thy neighbors as you do yourself.

    Christians speak and speak Loud against any kind of hate and lets pray for our leaders and these right wing haters. I cant believe a preacher could use a psalm from the bible to spread hate this is the reason Christians get a bad name. Keep the word Christ in Christian then read the gospel of the bible and then you will know if your spiritual leader is truly a Christian or just another sheep in wolves clothing. I pray for Pastor Drake and all of those who follow your teaching that will turn your heart from hate and speak the lesson of Love.
    True Christians Never Fear, Remember We win in the end, So never let messages of hate sway you of your promise or turn you from the real lesson in the bible the message of LOVE.

  21. Vote -1 Vote +1Camon
    December 28, 2009 at 1:51 am

    There needs to be some facts set straight about this article as the writer clearly either did no do enough research or chose to lie to make an outrageous tie. I speak about Chris, the guy carrying the AR-15. A few things this article does not explain:

    - He and several others there are Libertarians.
    - They contacted Phoenix PD the day before the event and organized with them.
    - They had 2 casual clothed officers around them at all times.
    - They were not allowed anywhere near Obama.
    - Open carry of any firearm is 100% legal in Arizona and in actuality not that big of a deal here
    - He didn’t do it out of “Radical Christian Conservative” rage. He did it so that what happened at the protest would, people would come up and discuss rights with him.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Camon
      December 28, 2009 at 1:52 am

      By the “He and several others there are Libertarians” I meant that him and several others who carried to that protest.

    • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      December 28, 2009 at 2:52 am

      Thank you for the information about that. I am a pro gun progressive, and I support open carry laws, even though I understand in some more crowded metropolitan areas why people want to restrict this.

      However, the fact remains that he is part of Pastor Stephen Anderson’s flock. There was no imminent danger in this case, but it sets a precedent: people who are armed (and I assume trained) who are being influenced by conservative Christian hate speech and incitement showing up to Obama events. No president has had a greater danger of assassination since Kennedy, and I fear for his life.

  22. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1derrick
    December 28, 2009 at 6:52 am

    holy crap. i can’t stand articles like this. the more i read these articles, the more depressed i get over the current state of christianity in the world. the problem with these people is that they are conservatives first, christians distantly second. these people are cowards who hind behind a religion to promote disgusting, vile ideologies that they would hold whether or not their religion existed. they are power-hungry, hate-filled individuals who pervert and twist the christian experience into a tool to be used for their own gain. nothing more. if it wasn’t christianity, these people could find a way to turn buddhism into a violent, hateful religion.

    i weep for the damage they do to everyone around them – christians and non-christians alike.

  23. Vote -1 Vote +1Gary McCullough
    January 4, 2010 at 6:38 am

    This article is full of lies.

    NEWS JUNKIE POST? I think they misspelled the name: Junk-News

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