A Prayer for Dennis Hastert?

Evangelical minister K.A. Paul spoke to House Speaker Dennis Hastert this week, possibly in an effort to persuade him to resign. Paul's previous "consultations" include visits with Liberia's Charles Taylor and Russia's Boris Yeltsin.

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. A man who is sometimes called the most popular evangelist in the world, though not well known in the United States, spent half an hour with Speaker Dennis Hastert in Illinois this week asking him to resign.

Dr. K. A. Paul, a Christian evangelist from India, says that Republicans are preventing the second coming of Jesus Christ. Dr. Paul, so-called for an honorary doctorate from Manitoba's Living Word Bible College, is best known for claiming that he convinced Liberia's President Charles Taylor to resign. He's also met with Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic, though he did not obtain a similar result.

The Evangelical Counsel for Financial Accountability says Dr. Paul is a fraud who spent much of the money raised for his global peace initiative on buying a jumbo jet.

Congressman Hastert's office says the Speaker's conversation with Dr. Paul was private, but he didn't resign.

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