Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Politics from the pulpit: free speech or partisan danger?

The Tullahoma News

"For anyone who cares about the First Amendment, the question of church involvement in partisan politics should be a principled discussion of tax exemption for religious groups, church-state relations, and the meaning of free exercise of religion in America."

For my, non-tax exempt two cents worth, I believe that churches and their religious leaders should have the right to engage in pulpit politics. The more speech, the better. Nor am I worried that allowing pulpit politics will "turn houses of worship into campaign vehicles, dividing congregations along partisan lines" I think each congregation should be allowed to set their own rules.. if they don't want the pastor, priest, or what have you, to politik during church services, they have a right to set that restriction.