Saturday, July 03, 2004

Keepin' the faith

Conservative Christians have been key partners in the Republican coalition for a generation. George W. Bush, facing a tough re-election campaign looks like he is determined to maximize the support he can get from this constituency. Religious groups are beginning to resent this attempt to make their denominations subsidiaries of the GOP. The AP reports:
The Southern Baptist Convention, a conservative denomination closely aligned with President Bush (news - web sites), said it was offended by the Bush-Cheney campaign's effort to use church rosters for campaign purposes.

"I'm appalled that the Bush-Cheney campaign would intrude on a local congregation in this way," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

"The bottom line is, when a church does it, it's nonpartisan and appropriate. When a campaign does it, it's partisan and inappropriate," he said. "I suspect that this will rub a lot of pastors' fur the wrong way."

Other religious organizations also criticized the document as inappropriate, suggesting that it could jeopardize churches' tax-exempt status by involving them in partisan politics.


Post a Comment

<< Home