Now the LA Times is onto the prominent Baptist preacher in California who is campaigning for Mike Huckabee.
Wiley S. Drake, a Buena Park pastor and a former national leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, called on his followers to pray for the deaths of two leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The request was in response to the liberal group's urging the IRS on Tuesday to investigate Drake's church's nonprofit status because Drake endorsed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president on church letterhead and during a church-affiliated Internet radio show.
Drake said Wednesday he was "simply doing what God told me to do" by targeting Americans United officials Joe Conn and Jeremy Leaming, whom he calls the "enemies of God."
"God says to pray imprecatory prayer against people who attack God's church," he said. "The Bible says that if anybody attacks God's people, David said this is what will happen to them. . . . Children will become orphans and wives will become widows."
No comment from Huckabee in this story. I've also solicited a comment, but received none. Here, a spokesman disapproves. Yes, calling for the death of someone who asks that tax laws be enforced does seem a mite harsh.
UPDATE: The national Interfaith Alliance has written Huckabee asking him to denounce the pastor.