November 29, 2021

Southern Baptists move to join Operation American Spring, impeach Obama


The Rev. Fred Luter Jr., at podium, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, smiles while addressing the convention during its annual meeting Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Baltimore. The Southern Baptists are electing a new president to succeed the Rev. Fred Luter Jr., who became the denomination’s first African-American president in 2012. Contenders include the Rev. Dennis Kim, pastor of a Korean church in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the Rev. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church, with several locations in northwest Arkansas. The Southern Baptist Convention is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, with 15.7 million members, but leaders are concerned about recent membership declines. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)


BALTIMORE | The Southern Baptist Convention is set to debate and vote on a motion to join an effort to impeach President Obama.

Former convention 2nd Vice President Wiley Drake entered the motion Tuesday at the Southern Baptists’ annual conference, which is being held in Baltimore.

Mr. Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., asked the convention to “consider leading us to consider being a part of Operation American Spring seeking the impeachment of the President of the United States.”

His motion was seconded by a scattering of the more than 4,400 conference registrants during an introduction of new motions by conference members.

Mr. Drake’s motion was one of about a half-dozen other proposals that were seconded, and will be debated and voted on later in the two-day convention.

He served as the convention’s second vice president from 2006 to 2007.

This is not his first challenge of Mr. Obama’s presidency. Mr. Drake filed a lawsuit on the day of Mr. Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, claiming he was constitutionally ineligible to be president because he was not a natural-born U.S. citizen. The lawsuit was later dismissed.