For more than 60 years, a provision in the tax code known as the Johnson Amendment has protected the integrity of our tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates.
It’s time for an update on Gordon Klingenschmitt. The former Navy chaplain tumbled from the lofty heights of the Colorado legislature this week when he lost a Republican primary race for state Senate. According to the Denver Post, veteran legislator Bob Gardner beat Klingenschmitt in a landslide. Gardner will face a Democratic challenger in November.
A new political movement promises voters a religious revival in the state of Utah. The Modern People’s Party will, according to organizer Karen Lovell, promote a slate of candidates that will appeal to conservative members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).
In a letter published in The Pahvant Post, Lovell asked, “Would you like to have a candidate to support for each office who stands with the Lord on every issue?”
Chicago mayoral candidate James T. Meeks doesn’t understand why his church can’t support his run for office.
As a pastor, he speaks from the pulpit every Sunday, mindful of the federal tax law that prevents him from seeking campaign support from his congregation.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Meeks says he follows the rules but he’s not happy about them.
Americans seem rather confused when it comes to the issue of religion and politics.
At least that appears to be the case from survey results on the role of religion in the 2010 election. The good news is, most Americans didn’t vote based on their religious views. The bad news is, many Americans are strangely preoccupied with President Barack Obama’s faith and that plays a role in whether they like him or not.
The British must find American politics endlessly amusing. We have a tendency to tolerate (and often elect) candidates whom I suspect would quickly be relegated to the fringes of obscurity in Europe.
Consider Christine O’Donnell, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Delaware. Have we ever had a candidate before who had to make a special TV ad to explain that she’s not a witch?
Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives in January. Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to govern.
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), whom everybody acknowledges will be the next House majority leader, has issued a list of 22 proposals he would like to see enacted. Some of them are legislative in nature (such as repealing the health-care bill) and others concern the internal workings of the House.
Are you an agent of Satan?
Kenyn Cureton is worried that you might be. Cureton is vice president for church ministries for the Family Research Council. During the FRC’s recent “Values Voter Summit,” he warned attendees at a breakout session on churches and politics to be ready for some intense action.
“The battle that we’re fighting,” he said, “is not just a political and cultural battle, it’s a spiritual battle.”
And when a battle is spiritual, you can be sure that some people are serving the wrong side.
This weekend, Religious Right groups will kickoff election season by holding the first in a series of rallies, conferences and other events to stir up their base and turn out the vote in November.
On Sept. 3-4, Lou Engle, the raspy-voiced founder of the neo-Pentecostal group TheCall, will lead the initial event in Sacramento. “Faithful Christians” will gather to pray for the “sanctity of life,” the “sacredness of marriage,” and the “preservation of religious liberty.”
It’s not often we hear much church-state news from Hawaii, but today is the exception.
The head of the Hawaii Republican Party has taken it upon himself to send out an e-mail warning pastors that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann is “not righteous.”
Hannemann’s campaign has been looking to visit churches across the state, and Hawaii GOP head Jonah Kaauwai believes any church that allows him to speak will in effect be furthering “unrighteousness.”