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Wiley S. Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, California, who was notified last month by the IRS that it was investigating his endorsements of Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, has again urged his followers to pray that heavenly wrath should befall Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Americans United blew the whistle last August on Drake’s backing of Huckabee on his church-affiliated radio show and in a press release distributed on church letterhead—acts that could result in loss of tax exemption. Drake appealed February 14 for followers to engage in “imprecatory prayers.” “Trying to turn God into some sort of heavenly hit man is repugnant,” said Americans United executive director Barry Lynn.


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