Wiley Drake & the Fatwa

Need I say more?

Wiley’s retort to AU was swift, ferocious — and bizarre. Caught dead to rights, he didn’t even try to respond to particulars of AU’s IRS complaint. Instead, he immediately launched into the kind of wild-eyed, paranoid magical thinking you’d expect from any embattled cult leader. Which is to say: In a press release issued yesterday, he ordered his flock to petition God, who in turn would avenge this attack by smiting AU’s staff with poverty, starvation, scattered familes, and death

HUH?! Americans United (AU), a grassroots group calling for true religious freedom in church-state separation, made a simple request. They asked Wiley Drake to stop using his nonpartisan pulpit to preach partisan politics. And how did OC’s wackiest pastor (who used his pulpit to officially endorse Mike Huckabee for President) respond to this simple request? He issued a fatwa calling for the death of two staffers at AU. Klassy!

Now if the IRS needed any more evidence of wrongdoing by Wiley Drake and his church, they need not look any further than here. Oh yes, and they should thank D-day for aiding in the investigation. Cheese louise, when will these extreme religious right wackos learn?

  9 comments for “Wiley Drake & the Fatwa

  1. August 16, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    I’m glad to see the Register, Times, and USA Today all picking this up – I’m sure it’ll spread by day’s end, too.

    I hate cheering for the IRS in general, but I love that they’re going after churches for these offenses, just as they should be. You can’t have it both ways.

  2. jose
    August 16, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    lets pass out the coolaid shall we?

  3. Andrew Davey
    August 16, 2007 at 12:27 pm


    I’m right there with you! Wiley Drake clearly broke federal law here. And unless he wants his church stripped of its tax-exempt status, he needs to stop breaking the law. Oh yes, and issuing fatwas against folks trying to hold him accountable certainly does NOT help Wiley Drake in making his case of innocence.


    Ha! Good one! Would you like some kool-aid to go with that peanut-sized brain? You make me laugh. hehe 😉

  4. August 16, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    He didn’t quite call for the death of everyone at AU. Actually it’s far worse. He called for the specific “smiting” of two staffers, by name. (the funny part is that he got the name of the staffer wrong.)

    Here’s the rub: Drake asked his followers to “target Joe Conn or Jeremy Learing.” Except, Jeremy’s last name is “Leaming.”

    So, here’s the theological question of the day: if a bunch of people pray for God to punish some guy named “Jeremy Learing,” who had nothing to do with this incident, does it still count? What, if anything, happens to Jeremy Leaming?

    Thanks for the link!

  5. Andrew Davey
    August 16, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    No probem, Mr. D-day! You deserve it. Oh, and I fixed that little error. Still, ANY fatwa calling for someone’s death disturbs me.

    Oh, and how the heck did Wiley Drake ever become a preacher? Couldn’t they tell early on that the “voices” he hears in his head may not be the voice of the Lord. Just sayin’… 😉

  6. d'Anconia
    August 16, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Ugh, now I have to deal with Andrew stealing my sayin’….

    Be original!

  7. jose
    August 16, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    tx bro-jose

  8. Titus
    August 17, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Its called Black Magic.

    Why is Drake practicing Black Magic? Who else is doing this?

    I always suspected the American Taliban SB’s of worshipping an evil Demiurge.


  9. christine
    February 3, 2008 at 4:11 am

    drake is insane. why hasn’t he been sent back to arkansas, to his KKK roots where he belongs? he and his bible study employee will ruffin should be arrested. he allows the women in his homeless shelter to be abused. the government has aware of drake’s insane activities for some time now. i think it is time to close it down.

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