In this fascinating religious infomercial, evangelist Dale Sides explains that the Old Testament's Book of Psalms "tells us how to pray against wicked people and it's not 'now I lay me down to sleep.' Prayers against wicked people are called imprecatory prayers..." Until recently, "imprecatory prayer" was rare, perhaps due to the fact that it resembles what in pop-culture is typically thought of as "black magic." But, Christian death-prayers are coming into vogue, and Sarah Palin's in the loop. In fact, author of Theopalinism: The Face of Failed Extremism Leah Burton has characterized Sarah Palin's Alaska prayer group as Palin's own "death panel" and with some cause - as noted below, Palin's prayer network has waged imprecatory prayer against an alleged "witch."
Sarah Palin's personal prayer group leader described using imprecatory prayer in a 1995 bid to drive an accused witch out of the state of Alaska:"As we continued to pray against the spirit of witchcraft, her incense altar caught on fire, her car engine blew up, she went blind in her left eye, and she was diagnosed with cancer.". According to Mary Glazier, Palin joined her Wasilla prayer group in 1989, around the time according to Glazier that Palin decided to go into politics. According to a story in the February 2009 issue of Charisma Magazine, The Faith of Sarah Palin, Palin's friendship with Mary Glazier continued through into 2008.
During the 2008 election, and during he election would-be theocrats suggested praying for John McCain's death. In 2007, former Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention Wiley Drake called for imprecatory prayer against employees of Americans United For The Separation of Church and State. Then, in April 2009, a former US Navy chaplain called for prayers for the death of AU head the Reverend Barry Lynn and Military Religious Freedom Foundation Founder Mikey Weinstein.
Not to be outdone, On January 19th, 2009 (Martin Luther King Day), a day before the inauguration of President Barack Obama Christian Identity leader Pastor Pete Peters declared an elaborate imprecatory prayer calling down the wrath of God on Obama's upcoming inauguration and the subsequent celebration (see YouTube video, parts 1 and 2. Peter's death-and-doom prayer is a the end of video #2.)