Jay, I know you would like to seethe tax code provision barring endorsement of candidates by non-profitsrepealed.We have a big difference ofopinion about that.
However, I do not see why you believe thatunder the current law the “line between issue advocacy and electioneering isnot clear cut”.If a minister reallywants to talk about any moral issue he or she just says, for example: “I opposethe federal income tax because it is just a socialistic redistribution ofwealth” and then adds: “so do your homework and find outwhat candidates for public office wantrepeal and vote for them”, that’s legal.If the pastor says the same thing but closes “and that African AmericanSenator who is running for President seems to like income redistribution” hehas an IRS problem. It is clear that the pastor wants you not to vote forBarack Obama.That’s what BishopSerratelli’s pastoral letter was all about.What else could he possibly have meant?
Any “chill”on just speaking out against abortion is clearly self-imposed.If the minister is not trying to be cute orcoy, he just tells people that he thinks God doesn’t like abortion and thenurges parishioners to vote accordingly. He adds no names, no pictures, no coded messages.
Of course,in New Mexico,”but for” the church deciding to put up that anti-abortion display, how wouldthe passerby you envision have any reason to think about the issue at thattime.Of course, it was the church thattried to send its “moral” as well as “vote McCain” message to the public.
As to RickWarren, he is entitled under the tax law, to do just what he did and proclaimhis support for Proposition 8.You areright that many other religious leaders are speaking out strongly inopposition.I just disagree with Warren on the merits (orin this case lack of merits).I don’tknow any liberals who claim the Bible literally supports same sexmarriage.What they do say is that theBible is not to be the basis for deciding what civil rights exist inTwenty-First century America.That’s called the separation of church andstate.I like it.
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More to Come Barry,
It's hard to believe that we've been debating these constitutional issues for more than two years now in this space. I have tremendous respect for you and wish you all the best in your new endeavors.
My friend, I'm sure we will continue to square off in other forums - on n
Thanks for the Memories Well Jay, the time has come for me to say goodbye. Note to people who are really happy about this: I'm not leaving the planet, just this blog.As I noted in a personal email, after much thought, I have decided to end my participation and contribution to Lynn v. Sekulow and will be doing some blogging
President Obama: Does He Get It? Barry,
I would not use that label to identify the President. I will say, however, that President Obama continues to embrace and promote pro-abortion policies that many Americans strongly disagree with.
Take the outcome of the election - an unmistakable repudiation of the Preside
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