Matilda's blog has a good one today. It's about a Baptist preacher in California now getting IRS scrutiny for endorsing Mike Huckabee's presidential candidacy in a press release on church stationery and on his radio show. Americans United for Separation of Church and State is on his case. But the preacher, Dr. Wiley Drake, a Southern Baptist Convention vice president who is pictured here with a sign that says he trusts God and Bush and now, presumably, Huckabee, has called in the Big Gun:
Dr. Drake's response to the complaint? According to Pastor Drake's press release he sent to Christiannewswire.com, he said, "In light of the recent attack from the enemies of God I ask the children of God to go into action with Imprecatory Prayer. Especially against Americans United for Separation of Church and State. I made an attempt to go to them via Matt 18:15 but they refused to talk to me. Specifically target Joe Conn or Jeremy Learing. They are those who lead the attack. (You can see their press release attack at www.au.org )"
What is Imprecatory Prayer? A prayer asking God to crush his enemies.
Here is a sample: "Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD."
UPDATE: I just clicked through to the Americans United website, which has more quotes from the good Christian pastor:
In a section of his press release called “How To Pray,” Drake includes a long list of biblical citations that call on God to smite enemies. For example, the alleged enemies of God “shall be judged,” “condemned,” and “his days be few….” Additionally, supporters should pray that the enemy’s “children be fatherless, and his wife a widow,” and “his children be continually vagabonds, and beg; let them seek bread also out of their desolate places.”
“Let there be none to extend mercy unto him,” Drake quoted, “Neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.”
Zowie. Mike Huckabee is not much on cheek-turning. I know for sure he'd cut you off his news release list. But orphan your children?