Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Pastor Supports Huckabee for President, Asks Followers to Pray for Death of Critics Who Filed Complaint with IRS Over His Political Activities
American United for Separation of Church and State has filed a complaint with the IRS requesting an investigation of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, CA for issuing an August 11 press release in which the pastor, Dr. Wiley S. Drake, endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and urged the congregation to do so as well:
“After very serious prayer and consideration,” Drake said in the press release. “I announce that I am going to personally endorse Mike Huckabee. I ask all of my Southern Baptist brothers and sisters to consider getting behind Mike and helping him all you can. First of all pray and then ask God, what should I do to put feet to my prayers.
“Do what God tells you to do,” Drake continued. “I believe God has chosen Mike for such an hour, and I believe of all those running Mike Huckabee will listen to God.” The press release was issued on the letterhead of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park. The letterhead lists Drake as pastor.
In response, the pastor issued a press release calling on his followers to pray for the deaths of two leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State:
- Associated Press: Minister Calls for Death Prayers Over IRS Complaint; Californian Names 3 Who Filed Case After He Endorsed Huckabee
- L.A. Times: Pastor Asks Followers to Pray for His Critics to Die; His Response Comes After a Call to the IRS About a Political Endorsement He Issued on Church Letterhead, by Dave McKibben