Way Too Much Church & State

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“…The fanatics claim the “future of religious freedom depends on a free pulpit to communicate fundamental, biblical principles to congregations across America,” and some preachers will endorse Willard Romney from the pulpit, and others will vigorously criticize President Obama and preach that only real Christians vote for the candidate who opposes gay marriage and abortion….”

One of The Pink Flamingo’s greatest objections to Mitt Romney’s campaign for POTUS is the fact that he is so highly ranked within the Mormon church.  I’ve been told he is on the Council of 24.  If so, eventually, he will make his way to the Council of 12, and have a chance at leading the whole church.  This alone should completely disqualify him from even running for office.

It has nothing to do with Mitt Romney’s religion, and everything to do with his position within his church.  I wouldn’t approve of Rowan Williams running for PM, or Cardinal Dolan running for POTUS.  It is just plain wrong.  It’s like the Presiding Bishop of the ECUSA running for POTUS, a cardinal, archbishop, bishop, head of Southern Baptist Convention, or any major religion, doesn’t matter what that religion is.

Constitutional mess, not withstanding, it is wrong to that person’s church, synagog, temple, mosque, etc.  When a man or a woman dedicates themselves to taking on a larger role in one’s organized religion, to The Pink Flamingo, it is just plain wrong for them to attempt to also dally in politics.  First, if they’ve dedicated themselves to leadership within their faith, they should be dealing with that, and not politics.  Secondly, they do a terrible wrong to members of their faith, church, etc. who disagree with them, politically.  What is to stop those people from being bullied, harassed, put on a guilt trip, and forced to sacrifice their personal religious freedom for the political ambitions of the person who is in a leadership position?

The mix between church and state is becoming so blurred, that on Sunday, over 1000 Evangelical ministers will violate federal tax law by endorsing Mitt Romney for POTUS.  It is called Pulpit Freedom Sunday.  Any minister who does this should lose their tax exempt status.  They should also lose their jobs.

“…If an American considered alerting the IRS to the evangelical’s malfeasance, they should not waste their time because many of the preachers intend video-taping themselves breaking the law and sending the evidence straight to the Internal Revenue Service. The fanatics claim the “future of religious freedom depends on a free pulpit to communicate fundamental, biblical principles to congregations across America,” and some preachers will endorse Willard Romney from the pulpit, and others will vigorously criticize President Obama and preach that only real Christians vote for the candidate who opposes gay marriage and abortion….”

When a minister and a church chose to delve into politics, to assume that THEY know the Will of God, they are at risk of becoming a cult.  How on earth do they know the Will of God?  Have they climbed the mountain, followed the burning bush, been struck blind, seen angels dance above them?  Or, are they simply telling God how they want Him to be?

“...Laws, and rules, are established to protect all Americans and that includes captive religious congregants terrorized by threats of hell-fire and damnation for voting for the wrong candidate. The organizers of Pulpit Freedom Sunday are hoping a court challenge begins “the next great awakening to sweep across this nation” to demonstrate evangelicals contempt  for the Constitution, install the bible as supreme law, and usher in a 21st Century theocracy in America….”

Let’s face facts, here.  The reason this nation was founded, was because of FREEDOM FROM RELIGION, not freedom of religion.  People have a right not to have religion forced at them.

After all, Glenn Beck says it will be a miracle if Romney wins. The Pink Flamingo doesn’t quite think miracles are created by lying, cheating, stealing, and vote fraud.

This nation was founded so that people could escape what is happening now.  The bitter irony is that those who are now demanding they be allowed to dictate how their congregations will vote, are the very ones who claim to be the last bastion of freedom.  Looks like they are ushering in a new era of totalitarian religious domination.

Sorry, but that’s not my idea of Christian liberty.  It’s not freedom.  If I were a member of a congregation where something like this happened, I would demand the minister be fired, and then demand the IRS strip the non-profit status.  I would also walk-out and find a church where the minister actually respected my right to support whom I damn well wish to support.

And – that’s the real problem with the “clergy” like Mitt Romney running for high political office.  They have no right to do so, and inflict what they believe – no matter what it is, on the rest of us.  Sure, the probably won’t do that, but what if they were to try.

What if a President Romney were to sign an executive order stating that his faith is now the national religion?  If he were to control the House and Senate, and get an appointment or two on the court, with the current idiocy of both Scalia and Thomas, it could happen.  Same thing holds true of a Cardinal Dolan, or anyone else.

It is a step down a very slippery slope to the loss of one of our bedrock freedoms.  The irony is that those who pretend to love the Constitution and Freedom most are the ones who are most determined to destroy it.

Go figure?

 

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  1. No Catholic parishes will participate in Pulpit Freedom Sunday and this is not because of something imposed on the Catholic Church by the IRS. The Catholic Church forbids the mass to be used for political purposes and forbids church funds to be used to promote the election of a candidate. The church does and will speak out about issues, but not about elections. The Protestant churches are challenging the Johnson Amendment to the IRS code passed in 1954 when Lyndon B Johnson was running for the US Senate. In the past the Protestant churches have been actively involved in elections. For instance they delivered sermons from the pulpit against Al Smith, a Catholic candidate, when he was running for President. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. There are many tax exempt statuses. Some non profit organizations like some labor unions not only endorse candidates, but fund them as well. In order to be tax exempt a church has to apply for a special tax exempt status. For a church to apply for a tax exempt state and then to disregard the conditions it had promised to abide by is both dishonest and sinful.

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