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Sam Brownback Just Won't Go Away

The poster child for What's the Matter with Kansas, Sam Brownback is back to his craziness. Sam is sponsoring legislation in the Senate that would allow what he calls free speech in churches. Here is a misleading headline if ever there was one. "GOP Congressman Seeks to 'Restore Free Speech' in Churches"

When did churches ever not have the right to free speech? Is there any question where they stand on gay marriage? How about abortion? All they have to do if they don't want to pay taxes is not endorse a given candidate. Just don't tell the flock whom they can and can't vote for and you don't have to pay taxes. Seems like a hell of a deal to me, but I guess ol' Sam and his Good Ol' Boy Republicans won't be happy until the pastor can stand in front of the congregation on the last Sunday before the election and say "now go vote for John Thune and George W Bush or you will go to hell," and then not pay taxes.

Rep Walter Jones (R-NC) is sponsoring the bill on the House side and has this to say, "Whatever God puts in the minister's heart to say, he is protected by the First Amendment if this becomes law," I wonder what Jones would say if God told the minister to tell the flock to vote for John Kerry?

Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State astutely points out, "rules against campaigning apply to all tax-exempt groups, not just churches."

And then Jones exposes himself and his true motivation with this little gem, "Jones said he's 'not concerned' about other 501(c)3 groups. 'I'm concerned about protecting Judeo-Christian principles,'

Now you right wingers can try if you wish to tell me that isn't a member of the United States House of Representatives and a member of United States Senate trying to make a law regarding the establishment of religion if you want, but I'm not buying it.


At 3/07/2005 08:40:00 PM, Blogger erinberry said...

I know what you mean - This ticks me off too.


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