Posts Tagged ‘Church Politicking’

Church Politicking, Religion and politics

Dove World Outreach Center likes being in the news media. The Gainesville, Fla., congregation is infamous for its vicious attacks on Muslims, gay people and others who fail to see things through a narrow fundamentalist Christian lens.

In its latest publicity stunt, church officials have announced plans to burn a Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 […] Read More

Church Politicking

The Rev. Paul Blair, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla. has told a right-wing news service that America’s clergy need to become bold again.

In fact, Blair thinks pastors should be more like him. In mid-July, the Religious Right leader used his tax-exempt organization, Reclaiming Oklahoma For Christ, to distribute an e-mail in support of Rep. Sally […] Read More

Church Politicking

It’s not every day that I find myself in agreement with a Liberty University graduate on the proper relationship between religion and government.

OK. It’s probably not even every decade – or maybe even every century. Students at Jerry Falwell Jr.’s school tend to fall on the other end of the theocratic spectrum from me.

Today, however, is a most […] Read More

Church Politicking, Elections

Yesterday Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a South Dakota church whose pastor openly admitted that he endorsed a gubernatorial candidate from the pulpit.

The Rev. H. Wayne Williams of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle in Rapid City hasn’t been shy about what he did. In fact, state Sen. Gordon Howie, the candidate Williams endorsed during a May 16 […] Read More

Church Politicking

Last month, Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Gainesville, Fla., church that waded into partisan politics in a mayoral race.

Dove World Outreach Center erected a sign on its property reading, “No Homo Mayor.” The reference is to Craig Lowe, a mayoral candidate who is gay. Terry Jones, senior pastor at the church, […] Read More

Church Politicking

Samuel Beckett, one of my favorite writers, had a lot to say about human nature and the inevitable repetition of inane life experiences. In Waiting for Godot, Krapp’s Last Tape and Endgame, the protagonists in Beckett’s most famous pieces are static creatures of habit; each repeats the same stale cycle of events, expecting a variation in circumstance. But invariably, each […] Read More

Church Politicking

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said on “Hot Tea” radio yesterday that she is sick of “radical leftist organizations” that “intimidate Christians” from speaking about politics from the pulpit.

Bachmann called for Congress to repeal the federal law that prevents all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing candidates.

“We need to repeal that,” she said, […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

Here’s some news you might have missed in the holiday shuffle last week: Wiley Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., and former vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has issued a press release calling for the end to an “imprecatory prayer” for President Barack Obama’s death.

No, Drake was not overcome with […] Read More

Church Politicking

Tomorrow, Election Day will be here again! And in Brooklyn, voters will decide between Maritza Davila and incumbent Diana Reyna for New York City council member in District 34 — just another example of our democracy hard at work.

That is, if you discount what seems to be quite the sneaky political scheme by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. […] Read More

Church Politicking, Government-Sponsored Religion, Tax Funding of Religion

Bobby Jindal continues to “jet set” across Louisiana.

By jet, I of course mean helicopter – one funded entirely by taxpayers.

As the Wall of Separation noted last fall, the Louisiana governor spent $180,000 in taxpayer funds during his first eight months in office to travel by a State Police helicopter to many of the same churches he visited […] Read More

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