SBC pastor backs Huckabee, takes on Americans United

Wiley Drake's imprecatory prayer
An early candidate for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention has called on Baptists to pray for misfortune to befall employees of a church-state watchdog group.

Wiley Drake, a pastor, radio crusader and Baptist gadfly, issued a statement August 14 calling for “imprecatory prayer” from supporters against two staffers of Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The term imprecatory generally refers to prayers used by biblical figures to summon God’s wrath against their enemies.

The unusual appeal came after Drake endorsed Mike Huckabee, a fellow Southern Baptist minister, in the Republican presidential primary race, prompting Americans United officials to ask the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of Drake’s church, First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, California.


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