Rev. Wiley Drake Prays For Misfortune to Befall Others
Mike Huckabee has an overly-enthuisatic supporter in Rev. Wiley S. Drake. The Reverend is a major player in the Baptist Church. Wiley has stole a page from the Pat Robertson playbook and prayed for his enemies to be physically harmed.
But then the Rev. Wiley S. Drake, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., urged his supporters to use Psalm 109 to focus prayers directed at the "enemies of God" - including the leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Drake was urging the use of imprecatory prayer - prayers for another's misfortune or for vengeance against God's enemies. Now such prayer is the talk of blogs and letters to the editor.
Drake's targets were Barry W. Lynn, Joe Conn and Jeremy Leaming of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Drake has used his radio show and a church letterhead to endorse Huckabee. The AUSCS has asked the IRS to pull Drake's tax exemption. Non profit organizations are not allowed to openly endorse or support political candidates.
Huckabee made a mild rebuke against Drake.
"The saving of souls rather than the damning of them would tend to be more my hope," he said.