Monday, November 07, 2005

Party Line Dissent Still Punished

Our local church, of all things, is now coming under fire from the IRS. All Saints Church in Pasadena has been informed they may lose their tax exempt status (brutal for a church to survive without) for political activism. Turns out the sermon by the visiting ex-pastor, beloved in the community, (which we heard) was promoting peace and was anti-war. It was not anti-president, and not anti-country. I think the sermon's point was. "War is bad, isn't it? Jesus liked peace, didn't he? So wouldn't it be great to be more like Jesus?"

And the IRS has put them on the chopping block.

So promoting peace is now punishable by the machine of the Bush Government during war time? Is peace really that bad an idea? And is peace political - and by inference - now owned by the Democratic party, since it seems deemed to be so anti-Republican by this IRS action?

And what about the churches documented using their phone trees to call all congregants to get out the vote for Bush in 2004? Were they punished?

The answer of course is no.

I think it's time for a major recycling campaign. I'm going to look in the GOP garbage can and look at what they've tossed out. I might find something still worth using, something that could be used again. Hmmm....let's see: Peace. Prosperity. Personal Freedom.

Not bad.

I could dust these off, and use these again, I'm sure.

2006, baby. 2008. Watch the wheels come off and the bus tossed out.

(also at Democratic Underground)


Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

I heard the DoJ is investigating this Jesus guy for treasonous remarks.

After all, He's either with us, or with the terrorists.


7:20 AM, November 08, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Yeah, what about the conservative Christian's "Justice Sunday"? With DeLay and Frist talking on big screen video talking to thousands of thousands of Christians across the nation? That wasn't political?

This is one of the reasons why it's important for the Democrats to gain seats in the House and take back the Senate. With the Republicans in complete control, they can harass anyone who disagrees with them. They can and in fact, have blocked investigations of the Bush Administration. They will continue to lie and cheat and do whatever they can - rig elections - character assassination - go to war - kill innocents - appoint pathetic cronies - use malicious co-ordinated propaganda - to stay in power.

I am sick to death of it. It's time everyone realized how really dangerous these people are.

7:22 AM, November 08, 2005  
Blogger doodlebugmom said...

Jehovah Witnesses have always been against war. They do not salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Alligence, or sing the National Anthem. Does their church recieve tax exempt status?

Just curious?

11:59 AM, November 08, 2005  

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