An email is now circulating to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints asking them to fast and pray this Sunday for a good debate performance from Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. The effort is not endorsed by the politically-neutral church but it does raise questions about how political churches can be under the law? Or how political and partisan the should be? They're allowed to discuss issues but not endorse candidates but that's very fuzzy line and the IRS, which enforces the law, rarely if ever investigates, let alone take away a church's tax exempt status.
Kamy Akhavan, President, ProCon.org
Pastor Robert Fowler, Missionary Victory Baptist Church
Rev. Mary Bredlau, Assistant Priest Grace in the Desert Episcopal Church
The problem with churches promoting one candidate over another is two fold. First it is a sort f abuse of authority, parishioners may feel obligated to vote the way their church leaders dictate. Second, it can lead to the empowerment of those who would legislate articles of their faith.
Sunday there will be a concert by Voices United for the Separation of Church and state at Wolf Theater. Show begins at 4:00 and is part of a nationwide concert series this weekend. Mallory Joseph –Sep 28, 2012 09:14:38 AM