Monday, September 08, 2008

Another leak in the levee

How many more will it take before the whole levee system fails?

Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted -
CHICAGO -- Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to do just that on Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules.
The barriers between church and state are crumbling. The law is clear - in exchange for tax exemption, churches are not permitted to use their considerable influence to sway elections. The penalty is also clear - loss of tax exempt status if the law is broken. How will the Bush IRS deal with this if September 28 finds these pastors violating tax law?

I have a modest proposal. If these false shepherds follow through and explicitly endorse John McCain on September 28, then the next Sunday hundreds - no, thousands - of faithful shepherds should respond by endorsing Barack Obama from the pulpit. If the theocrats want a Constitutional crisis, let's give them one.

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