drieuxster (drieuxster) wrote,

Hey Kids, is it really 1954 AGAIN?

Wow, scope this one:
The story goes that when he was running for re-election to the Senate in 1954, Lyndon Johnson was opposed by a couple of non-profits that urged voters to reject him and his radical communist ideas. (And you thought things were crazy today.) In response, Johnson had new language inserted into the section of the IRS code, which defines a tax exempt entity. His addendum declared that an exempt organization “does not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”

Now, in the middle of the 2008 election, several dozen pastors are challenging the amendment by speaking out in the pulpit in favor of a candidate (usually John McCain) and by sending the IRS copies of the sermons in which they openly cross the line the law has drawn since 1954. At the same time, a bill (H.R. 2275) repealing the Johnson amendment has been introduced by Walter Jones, Republican of North Carolina. The bill has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee where it awaits action.

The debate over Jones’s bill and Johnson’s amendment reveals once again how confusing and confused church-state jurisprudence is and has always been and will always be. Both sides claim that the other is violating the separation of church and state. Barry Lynn, a minister who is executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, argues that “We just can’t have sermons converted into political advertisements for candidates,” and he warns against using “church collection plate money on an ad telling people” to vote for one candidate rather than another.

[ cf Politics and the Pulpit (Once Again) ]
Hey, would this be a bad time to mention that the 'under god' phrase was added to the national pledge of allegiance, or would that be considered in bad taste????

Or should we remind americans that in the 'vietnam era', the Pro-War churches were OPPOSED to the God Hating America Bashing churches that were failing to support LBJ's War, and then RMN's Vietnamization Process....

Would it add special sauce to the process if we mentioned the stuff about owing the ceasar....

Or should we just, uh, remember, that The Whole World Changed!!!
on 09/11
</blockquote> and therefore if anything is like anything from before that time, that it is all an illusion put forward by the evil liberal media....

Yeah, would we really want to talk about 'supporting the president to support the troops' arguments, and the devolutions from those expressions???? or should we just all smile...
Tags: election, religion, war

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