Keyes' running mate: Tiller murder "answer to prayer"

"I am glad George Tiller is dead," Wiley Drake says

Published June 2, 2009 8:01PM (EDT)

Given Alan Keyes' descent into Birtherdom and his recent anti-abortion protest at Notre Dame, which featured dolls covered in fake blood, it should be no surprise that the man hangs out with something of an eccentric crowd. Turns out it's sort of violent, too.

Last year, when Keyes ran for president (yes, he ran, sorry if you didn't notice), he had Wiley Drake as his running mate. Tuesday, Right Wing Watch noted that Drake, who's also served as the second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has been celebrating the murder of abortion provider George Tiller. "There may be a lot who would say, 'Oh that is mean. You shouldn't be that way,'" Drake said on his radio show. "Well, no, it's an answer to prayer." He went on to explain:

Would you have rejoiced when Adolf Hitler died during the war? ... I would have said, "Amen, praise the Lord, hallelujah, I'm glad he's dead."

This man, George Tiller, was far greater in his atrocities than Adolf Hitler. So I am happy. I am glad that he is dead. Now I am sad that he went to hell, because he had a choice just like everybody else did. He could have chosen Jesus Christ and when he died went to heaven. But he chose the devil. He chose to neglect, he chose to reject Jesus Christ. And therefore on Sunday morning when he breathed his last breath there in the Lutheran church, he breathed his last breath, and he slipped into the presence of the devil. And I have a strange hunch and a strange feeling that there is a special, superheated, super-hot place in hell for people like George Tiller.

Keyes' demonstration at Notre Dame was related to the arrest of anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, who had been protesting at the school because of its decision to invite President Obama to be its commencement speaker. Terry, too, has had less-than-condemnatory things to say about Tiller's murder. 

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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