TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Two ministers have delivered an Internet-based petition with 34,000 names urging Speaker Mike O’Neal to resign from the Kansas House.
The petition protests his forwarding of an email earlier this month to colleagues about President Barack Obama. The email cites a Bible verse that begins, “Let his days be few.”
An aide says O’Neal doesn’t intend to resign.
Senior Pastor Tobias Schlingensiepen of Topeka’s First Congregational Church and the Rev. Jim McCollough of the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice delivered the petition Thursday to O’Neal’s office. They say it’s unacceptable to use Scripture to advocate a political leader’s death.
O’Neal has apologized for forwarding the email and says he was referring only to Obama’s days in office, meaning it as a statement about the president’s re-election.