Thursday, November 10, 2005

Antiwar Sermon Brings IRS Warning

Both political parties have used churches to get their message out for years. That is nothing new, but a double standard is emerging from within our government.

Right before the 2004 election, I saw a local church with a banner in front that read, "Prayer Vigil for Bush". I also saw churches with dozens of Republican political signs in the front yard. As far as I know, none of these churches lost their tax-exempt status. On the other hand, the rector of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California gave an anti-war sermon on Oct. 31, 2004. He didn't endorse either candidate, but the church got a letter from the IRS saying that "a reasonable belief exists that you may not be tax-exempt as a church ." (IRS Warns Churches to Stay Neutral on Politics - LA Times)

Today's "religious" right wingers have hijacked all three branches of government, and it's laws, and now they are using those laws to prosecute those who disagree with their version of religion. They worship Meanness of Spirit, a greed-driven war-loving totalitarianism. The only way to salvation, they say is THEIR way, through a nature-hating Authority that tramples all Jesus preached. Christ was a long-haired peace activist who would have been sickened to his soul by the war in Iraq. "Blessed are the peacemakers" Jesus said in his defining Sermon on the Mount. "Turn the other cheek...Love thy neighbor."

As Tecumseh, the great Shawnee spirit-warrior, allegedly shouted at William Henry Harrison in the early 1800s: "When Jesus Christ came upon the Earth, you killed him. The son of your own God. And only after he was dead did you worship him and start killing those who would not. "

It is now clear that if Jesus did return, Karl Rove would kill him, or at least take away his church's tax except status.

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