Sunday, May 08, 2005

Philisophical Sunday....

If you voted for Kerry, get out. You are being banished. You've been voted off the island.
Sound ridiculous? Think again.

In Waynesville, North Carolina nine members of a local church had their membership revoked because they voted for John Kerry.
About 20 members of the 400-member East Waynesville Baptist Church voted the nine members out at a recent deacon meeting, which turned into an impromptu business meeting, according to congregants.

I kid you not.

"Chan Chandler, pastor of East Waynesville Baptist, had been exhorting his congregation since October to support his political views or leave, said Selma Morris, a 30-year member of the church.

“He preached a sermon on abortion and homosexuality, then said if anyone there was planning on voting for John Kerry, they should leave.”

[ source]

I'm thinking that God must be sitting on his throne in heaven wondering how did things go so horribly wrong.
The American Taliban has arrived.

The good news is, with this unbelievably stupid and narrow minded act, the good minister and his sheep deacons may have jeopardized their church's tax exempt status. Any organization that enjoys tax exempt status CANNOT engage in political activities. They cannot support any political party.
According to Valerie Thornton, a spokeswoman for the Internal Revenue Service, said while she could not comment on the East Waynesville situation, "in general if a church engages in partisan politics, it could put their tax-exempt status in jeopardy."
I'm guessing when faced with the prospect of having to pay taxes on all the money their church takes in, the good deacons will suddenly have a change of heart. Possibly even a change of leadership. God knows they need one.

Thanks to Edward Pig for the heads up on this story.

Oh a more positive note, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to ALL the Mothers out there!


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