SBC pastor backs Huckabee, takes on Americans United
Wiley Drake's imprecatory prayer
Sep 04, 2007
An early candidate for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention has called on Baptists to pray for misfortune to befall employees of a church-state watchdog group.
Wiley Drake, a pastor, radio crusader and Baptist gadfly, issued a statement August 14 calling for “imprecatory prayer” from supporters against two staffers of Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The term imprecatory generally refers to prayers used by biblical figures to summon God’s wrath against their enemies.
The unusual appeal came after Drake endorsed Mike Huckabee, a fellow Southern Baptist minister, in the Republican presidential primary race, prompting Americans United officials to ask the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of Drake’s church, First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, California.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).