Monday, May 16, 2005

The Church a Political Action Committee??

Instead of giving churches more power in the political arena, the Federal Government, specifically the Internal Revenue Service, should be more closely monitoring and dealing with churches that endorse candidates and campaigns. However, if Rep. Walter Jones, Republican from North Carolina, and Rev. Chan Chandler, a former minister from North Carolina, have anything to do with it, churches may have even MORE involvement in politics, and in essence act like Political Action Committees.http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/05/16/MNGASCPR0F1.DTL

Rep. Jones introduced the House of Worship Freedom of Speech Act two times already, unsuccessful in gaining enough support. The Act would amend the IRS tax code to enable churches to endorse candidates and campaigns. Rev. Chandler, who recently resigned from his church due to a political controversy in which he "ran out" nine members of his congregation who disagreed with his political views,(http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/10/church.politics.ap/) is endorsing the House of Worship Freedom of Speech Act, and the debate is back on.

The religious right already think that God is on their side, and if this Act is passed, the country will further be divided, and the intolerance will grow. Churches should not be allowed to be Political Action Committees to any extent.

3 comments:

PaxRomano said...

Question with boldness even the existance of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

-Thomas Jefferson

Medbh said...

I can't state it any better than the Pax.
Even though I was raised a virgin Cath-o-lic, and was annointed a merry may queen, I always thought that the church and it's policies suck.
And they do.. for the entire world. The havoc that their policies have wrecked on third world countries is immense. I NOW RENOUNCE my May Queen status, from..1971.
The policies that this new crusade of Christian Bush followers is wrecking on humanity is just as bad.
Seperation of Church and state is a must--
they only want the melding in order to get the dollars anyway.

Medbh said...

And, you go karl, great info here!