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Sunday, July 04, 2004

"Gotta keep 'em seperated"

So much for seperation of Church & State. Not only does Bush want to see the marriage of Church & State; He also wants to perform the service. His campaign is trying to get various church leaders to turn over their directories to them, have pastors hold voter-registration drives, and let campaign members hold meetings with church groups about the Bush campaign.

Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said it best.

"Efforts aimed at transforming houses of worship into political campaign offices stink to high heaven."


Story here

6 Comments:

Blogger jodru said...

How many times did we see Clinton worshipping at black churches during his campaign? Remember Gore's "soulful" lay ministry during his campaign?

Somehow, it's acceptable for a Democratic candidate to use black churches as a prop in his outreach to the black community, but it's not acceptable for a Republican candidate to use the nation's churches to the same ends.

9:28 PM  
Blogger nastyboy said...

But, did Clinton or Gore ask for their membership rolls? I see no problem with Bush, or any other President, visiting Churches, but to have them recruit men of the cloth to act as campaign managers is a whole different ballgame.

5:38 AM  
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5:59 AM  
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6:00 AM  
Blogger jodru said...

Is it really that different? Not in my opinion. Whether a minister is spearheading a fundraising drive or allowing his Sunday service to be used as a campaign prop, he is still immersing himself and his parish in the political process. I'd personally rather not see it happen.

As a Catholic, I can't stand the fact that every Sunday near Roe v Wade, we obsess about abortion. The Church is always trying to order us to vote for particular candidates, and if I wanted a state like that I'd move Israel, to be honest.

Painful as it is to admit, I'd rather not mix my religion with my government. They are separated for a reason.

7:39 PM  
Blogger nastyboy said...

Jodru said,

"They are separated for a reason."We can agree on this. I hate it when they have to pander to any group, but it unfortunately does go with the territory.

8:28 PM  

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