(TOPEKA, Kan.)—Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal received a delivery Thursday. Two Topeka pastors dropped off a box containing more than 30,000 signatures asking the O'Neal resign from the legislature. The petition started circulating after O'Neal sent what many consider an inappropriate email.
Topeka Reverends Tobias Schlingensiepen and Jim McCullough say O'Neal's emails are an example of the unfortunate mixing of politics and religion. Earlier this month, O'Neal sent an email to House republicans about President Barack Obama and a bible verse from Psalms 109. The verse says "let his days be few and brief". The controversy stems from the rest of the passage that states, "may his children be fatherless and his wife a window".
The petition was put together by the online network of Faithful America. The two pastors didn't get the chance to deliver the signatures directly to O'Neal, instead they left them at his office. However someone on O'Neal's staff say as of now he will not be issuing a statement other than his previous apology. And they say he has no plans of stepping down.
O'Neal also received criticism this month for another email sent to House republicans that referred to Michelle Obama as Mrs. Yo-Mamm comparing her to a picture of the grinch.