9/20/12

Keeping one's eyes on Jesus

The far right evangelicals are at it again:

Pastors pledge to defy IRS

The defiant move, they hope, will prompt the IRS to enforce a 1954 tax code amendment that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. Alliance Defending Freedom, which is holding the October summit, said it wants the IRS to press the matter so it can be decided in court. The group believes the law violates the First Amendment by “muzzling” preachers.

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“The purpose is to make sure that the pastor -- and not the IRS -- decides what is said from the pulpit,” Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the group, told FoxNews.com. “It is a head-on constitutional challenge.”

One can only wonder where Stanley went to law school. Possibly the same place as our other Constitutional Scholar, Barack H. Obama.

No one is 'muzzling' these people. They're taking the king's shilling by accepting that tax exemption, and now they don't want to play by the rules.

All they have to do is not take the exemption, and they can rant and rave in the best Glenn Beck manner, as much as they want.

But they want their cake, and they want to eat it, too.They like that tax exemption. It is essentially free money for them. It's just another form of greed.

If I want politics on Sunday morning, there are all kinds of political analysts I can watch, across a wide range of political ideologies. I don't need fundie stegosaurus-hunting literalist  preachers telling me how I should vote. OTOH, perhaps the parishioners of these pastors are too stupid to figure it out for themselves?

“I’m very concerned about the spiritual side of this,” Garlow told FoxNews.com. “There’s a phenomenon occurring in America and that’s a loss of religious liberty.”

Actually, the only 'loss of religious liberty' stems from people like Garlow, who seem to think we should all attend churches approved by him and his cronies.

Sorry, Garlow. It doesn't work that way. And God willing, it won't.

Garlow would do better to keep his eyes on Jesus, rather than on his political agenda.