William Bell Riley was a turn of the twentieth-century Protestant fundamentalist who presided over a fundamentalist empire in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. You can learn more about him from Bill Trollinger's excellent biography, God's Empire: William Bell Riley and Midwestern Fundamentalism.
While I was checking my Facebook feed today I ran across this post from Penn State graduate student Paul Matzko:
Imagine a fundamentalist praying this prayer about a war today:
cannot ask Thee that our soldiers...may be victorious, for we do not
believe that this is Thy will; but we do ask that their lives may be
preserved and that they may return to their homes and friends."
(from William Bell Riley's opening prayer at an anti-Spanish-American War rally.)