Will Mike Huckabee condemn Southern Baptist Vice President's call for the death of political opponents?
Of course, just because God wants people to die is no reason to help do His will. Amsericans United:
Last August, Americans United filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service about Drake’s use of church letterhead and a church-based radio program to endorse presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Federal tax law forbids tax-exempt groups from endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.
In a Feb. 5 letter, the IRS notified Drake that his First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park is being investigated.
In response, Drake issued a Feb. 14 e-mail appeal to followers to engage in “imprecatory prayers” (curses) against Americans United and three of its staff members.
Wrote Drake, “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…. Specifically target Joe Conn or Jeremy Learing [sic] and their leader Rev. Barry Lynn. They are those who lead the attack.”
Drake directed his followers to Psalms 109 (as well as Psalms 55, 58, 68, 69 and 83) for examples of imprecatory prayers.
Verses from those texts ask God to bring death and destruction to those targeted.
“Let his days be few; and let another take his office,” says one passage. “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg.”
Another passage says, “Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell.”
But here's the interesting part:
Drake is a prominent pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. He recently completed a term as second vice president of the group, its third highest post. He currently is running for president of the denomination, which became increasingly political after a fundamentalist takeover in the 1980s.
The Southern Baptists are, of course, the denomination in which Mike Huckabee is an ordained minister.
Will Huckabee condemn his own Vice President's call for the murder of political opponents? If not, why not?
DISCLAIMER Although, I have to admit that "imprecatory prayer" is the kind of prayer I can get behind.
Though I tend to pray that people like, oh, the financial wizards whose "innovations" caused the housing bubble lose what they hold most dear:
Kind of a New, New Testament attitude, where so-called Pastor Drake's is quite, quite Old.