Monday, September 08, 2008

Pretty Good Wages For One Little Kiss

Pretty Good Wages For One Little Kiss

Let's leave these lovebirds alone a moment.

WaPo - Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted, By Peter Slevin:

CHICAGO -- Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to do just that on Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules.

The effort by the Arizona-based legal consortium is designed to trigger an IRS investigation that ADF lawyers would then challenge in federal court. The ultimate goal is to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a 54-year-old ban on political endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship.

"For so long, there has been this cloud of intimidation over the church," ADF attorney Erik Stanley said. "It is the job of the pastors of America to debate the proper role of church in society. It's not for the government to mandate the role of church in society."

Yet an opposing collection of Christian and Jewish clergy will petition the IRS today to stop the protest before it starts, calling the ADF's "Pulpit Initiative" an assault on the rule of law and the separation of church and state.

I always find it interesting when some parties dabble in mixing religion and government...It often makes for spectacular results.



VG said...

Thanks DB.

I've spread this link (you and WaPo story) around FDL.

Great find. I hope it gets the attention it deserves.

I have forever thought that the tax exemption for, uh, churches is just plain UnAmerican (aka f*ing wrong)

Freida Bee said...

Bush had political capital?

Distributorcap said...

i can only hope--- the ADF should be careful what they wish for

Comrade Kevin said...

Sealed with a kiss.

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