A fellow blogger (Geo Bruno2) listed the following lines from the Bible as his response to separation of church and state:
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)
(Lk 12:15) “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Matthew 6:19″Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”
Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'”
It would appear that religious Tea Party and Republican campaigners and voters aren’t too worried about following the Book that they demand everyone else follow. These 5 passages must blind their eyes and shrink their souls, yet they rally around a Mormon and Catholic who practice daily deception as if God-guided (so they claim) to set up a new deal religion to Money and Prosperity. Can I get an a …? No, no Amen for them!
My position is if a bishop, rabbi, minister, monk, etc., speak from the pulpit or publicly displays signage demanding that his/her congregation vote a certain way or think a certain way about any candidate, with any threats or ostracism, their church shall lose their tax exemption status. No billboards, no ordered read-aloud-letters, no handbills or brochures, no condemning its members to hellfire, no political persuasion in any format used in any way to sway a citizen’s vote should be allowed by any organized religion doing business in the United States.
Besides, weren’t Catholic priests and nuns forbidden by the Vatican to participate in political office, to either serve their bishops, archbishops and cardinals or leave their church? A nun from Rhode Island (Arlene Violet) was reprimanded and told to cease and desist; she chose to leave her order to successfully run for the office of Attorney General in 1984. Several priests have done the same thing, left their orders to lead political lives [Priests are prohibited by canon law from assuming positions of civil power (canon 285, §3). It is up to the priest’s superior (his diocesan bishop, or if he is a member of a religious order, his religious superior) to enforce this precept. — Mark J. Gantley, JCL, 06-19-2007] Why then is it okay for bishops to speak out publicly on political matters to sway their easily lead sheep, and doing so while flaunting their tax exempt status?