Moral Contradictions

Friday, May 06, 2005

Baptist Excommunication - The Saga Will Continue

Are political endorsements in churches a sign of the times, such as this one? Yes. Even though the Baptist Standard reports that the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission dropped its support for the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act, don't be fooled. This bill has been introduced every year since 2001 by Rep. Walter Jones, (R-N.C.) and is designed to allow churches to endorse political candidates or parties without threatening their Section 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Why did they drop support? Was it because it's wrong, as we see in the East Waynesville Baptist Church's Excommuni-gate scandal? Nope. The bill was "gutted" and too narrowly defined for them.

Our favorite SBC'er, Richard Land, says that "Under the new bill, the government would permit churches to endorse a candidate but then would allow government investigators to come in and determine when the church has exceeded the government’s narrow parameters of permission."

Essentially they still want the freedom to endorse political candidates and excommunicate their own members with different political beliefs - but they're not willing to compromise.

Just wait - this isn't the last of these kind of shenanigans. Not at all.


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