Monday, September 27, 2004

Or, Vote for Kerry, and Spend All of Eternity Repenting in the Bowels of the Fiery Pit. In Jesus's Name, Amen 

If the item directly below didn't send you into a tailspin of depression, this latest bare-ass-naked assault on the separation of church and state just may do the trick. The GOP is hoping to update a campaign slogan immortalized by Mr. Bush's illustrious predecessor Herbert Hoover, the last chief exec to preside over a net loss of jobs -- only this time around, instead of a chicken in every pot, they're promising a ward heeler in every pulpit:
Political pressure is building on a powerful House lawmaker to remove the so-called IRS “muzzle” that prevents religious leaders from endorsing political candidates from the pulpit.

Frustrated that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) essentially rejected House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert’s (R-Ill.) request in June to change the tax code on this issue, 131 House lawmakers are pressing the Speaker to act before the 108th Congress adjourns . . . .

Hastert and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) believe clergymen should be allowed to speak more freely on political issues, as does Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), sources say.

Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie also wants to change the 50-year-old tax policy, which says that churches can lose their tax-exempt status if they participate in political speech.
Whereas, if the laws are repealed, churches might expect to pick up a hefty chunk of that lucrative faith-based-initiative action in exchange for endorsing the "right" candidate. Which one sounds like the better deal to you?

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