Thursday, September 20, 2012

They Sould Stick To Saving Souls

I see a group of 'pastors' in the US is planning to preach partisan politics from their pulpits is a effort to entice the IRS to take action against them.  As an aside, what to you call a 'group of pastors'?   In this case, apart from idiots, perhaps it's a 'spaghetti.'

The move is being made, one is piously told, because they believe the legal prohibition on politics from the pulpit is a violation of their right to freedom of speech.

More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election, despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit.

Well, Adolf could have told these ecclesiastical genii before they started that all they will achieve is the removal of their respective congregations' tax exempt status, a privilege which is granted to churches on condition they do not engage in partisan politics.

The excuse used is pretty woolly headed - a common trait of theological thickos.

“If I would have said 50 years ago that ‘Tearing up a baby in the womb is a bad thing,’ people would have said ‘Of course it is,’” Garlow said. “But If I said that today, people would say ‘Pastor, you’re being too political.”
Someone should have told him that advocating against abortion is no 'making an endorsement for a candidate.'

I wonder also what these brain boxes will do when after they have advocated a vote for Obama, all their Republican members leave (with their cheque books): or after advocating for Romney, all the Democrat members leave (with their food stamps.)

In all my years as a minor Presbyterian church office holder I'm pleased to say we all managed to leave our politics at home on Sunday.  Thus it was that I was able to serve happily on committees which included a member of the notorious 'peace movement' and another bloke who would have been thrown out of the Klu Klux Klan on account of his extremist right wing views.


MikeG said...

but it's ok for the religious right to support the Republicans?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Mike G, yes.

Just as it's OK for the hard left liberation theologists to support the Democrats.

If either of them want to preach about it, then they can damned well pay some income tax on their vast revenues.

Anonymous said...

The only difficulty with this limitation Adolf is this:

Does this restriction only relate to endorsing a particular candidate or does it extend to not espousing for particular policies or viewpoints.

For example if you are not allowed to preach to tell your folk to vote for Candidate A = fair enough.

But however if Candidate B's views on a particular subject is contrary to the church's teaching (Example Abortion or Euthenasia) then I think that it is fine to allow preaching that asks the congregation to vote for candidates that support views similar to the teachings of the church.

A church I went to about 10 years ago would have a prayer the Sunday before the election asking for godly people to be elected and asked the people to consider carefully the various candidates before casting a vote.

I don't have a problem with this and should be no cause to remove their charitable status.

There has to be a balance to allow freedom of speech & freedom to espouse religious teachings freely without worrying that DOIA agents are spying on church services.


PS your word verification pictures can be very hard to interpret

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


As far as I can see, the restriction is limited to the outright endorsement of candidates.

These guys have said they will make specific recommendations as to the candidate for whom congregation members will vote.