In yet another example of why the separation of Church and State is a good thing – Bush is making a blantant attempt at controlling the politics of churches. And – like he does with corporation that support him I’m sure he will dole out his faith based rewards based on the support the church provided during his election.
If this were legal – can you imagine the implications? Suppose Kerry were elected. Then he could pass out faith based initiative money to churches who support democrats and help them spread the word of God as seen by Christian Democrats as opposed to Christian Republicans.
Here are some of the things Bush wants churches to do for him.
- Send your church directory to your state Bush-Cheney ’04 headquarters or give to a BC04 field representative.
- Identify another conservative church in your community who we can organize for Bush.
- Recruit 5 people in your church to help with the voter registration project.
- Talk to your pastor about holding a citizenship Sunday and voter registration drive.
Think about it. If you go to church – do you want your pastor to turn over your name to the Bush campaign – or to the Kerry campaign – or to ANY campaign? In fact – if your church turns over it’s directory to ANYONE especially the government then the pastor should be fired and defrocked. When a person decides to choose a church, that is a private matter, and it’s none of anyone’s business. I would encourage members of churches who turn their church directory over to political campaigns to sue their pastor and to inform the IRS of tax exempt status violation.