Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Render Unto Bush, er We Mean The Lord 

In the Bibles I own, Jesus is recorded as saying "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and unto the Lord that which is the Lord's." Rev. Republican's copy is obviously a newer edition which omits this passage:

(via Richmond VA Times-Dispatch)
LYNCHBURG - Evangelical Christian ministers crowded into the Rev. Jerry Falwell's new law school yesterday for a pep talk on how to preach conservative politics without running afoul of the law.

Bristling with frustration, several raised their hands when asked if they had received letters from Americans United for Separation of Church and State warning that giving biased information about political candidates could jeopardize their tax-exempt status as nonprofit organizations.

Jerry Falwell Jr., Falwell's son and a lawyer for the ministry, said that despite the letters, churches were actually allowed to hand out candidate biographies and voter-registration packets.

What they should not do, he said, was endorse a candidate in church. The tax code forbids it, though he hopes the Supreme Court will eventually change the law.

"That's why this election is so important," he said. "Three or four justices are going to be appointed in the next four years."

Falwell, a favorite target of Americans United, was himself accused of breaking the law this summer when he wrote a letter urging followers to re-elect President Bush.

"Jerry Falwell is, I think, the worst possible person to give advice about the tax code," said Barry Lynn, a Christian minister who runs Americans United.
Sometimes I think the best thing we could do for the Christian church is outlaw it. They are never quite happy unless they're being persecuted, are they? I would not, however go so far as to throw them into a colliseum with lions or bears as that would result in a pretty lousy football game.

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