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US flag with cross instead of starsBrace yourselves for even more religious politicking in the US. While campaigning for president, the Groper-in-Chief had said he would “destroy the Johnson amendment” (WebCite cached article). That’s the regulation which bars non-profit entities — of which churches and religious organizations are one type — from engaging in partisan politics.

The sniveling crybabies who comprise the Religious Right have agitated against this rule for decades. That it exists hasn’t prevented them from constructing a very powerful, religiously-propelled political engine … but that hasn’t stopped them from bellyaching about it. What’s more, it hasn’t stopped some of them from endorsing candidates without being punished by the IRS (which generally is afraid of enforcing it).

The New York Times reports that tomorrow, the National Day of Prayer, the Apricot Wonder will start making good on that promise (cached):

President Trump plans to mark the National Day of Prayer on Thursday by issuing an executive order that makes it easier for churches and other religious groups to actively participate in politics without risking their tax-exempt status, several administration officials said.

Taking action as he hosts conservative religious leaders Thursday morning, Mr. Trump’s executive order would attempt to overcome a provision in the federal tax code that prohibits religious organizations like churches from directly opposing or supporting political candidates.

The move is likely to be hailed by some faith leaders, who have long complained that the law stifles their freedom of expression. But the order is expected to fall short of a more sweeping effort to protect religious liberties that has been pushed by conservative religious leaders since Mr. Trump’s election.

Churches and other religious groups have whined for years that the Johnson amendment somehow “violates” their rights and gets in the way of their “free speech.” This, however, is completely untrue. It’s a lie straight out of the pit of Hell. All a church has to do, if it wants to endorse candidates and campaign for them, is to forfeit its tax exemption. Once it’s done that, it can politick to its heart’s content! There’s nothing — other than greed — preventing them from doing so.

The United States of Jesus is on its way, folks. You read it here first!

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What Would Jesus Do ... with a gun?About a year ago I blogged about a church pastor in Kentucky who insisted that all good Christians carry guns around. He felt that guns and Christianity are inseparable, even if guns hadn’t existed in Jesus’ time and there is no evidence he had so much as touched any kind of weapon (aside from the scourge he used in the Cleansing of the Temple).

Well, it’s not just a pastor in Kentucky who wants worshippers to pack heat when they go to church; the ferociously Religious Rightist governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana signed a law specifically promoting exactly that, as reported by Politico (WebCite cached article):

Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a law allowing holders of concealed-weapons permits to carry guns into houses of worship.

The bill, signed Tuesday night, allows permit holders who take an additional eight hours of tactical training each year to bring a gun into “any church, synagogue, mosque or other similar place of worship.”

I honestly do not get how any rational Christian could possibly view arming him/herself as a valid way of worshipping the man who said — among other things — “do not resist an evil person” (Mt 5:39), “turn the other cheek” (Lk 6:29) and “whoever lives by the sword will die by the sword” (Mt 26:52). There must be something about Jesus’ own plain words that I don’t get … because I can’t see any place in the gospels where he even began to suggest that his followers needed to arm themselves. It’s just not there. The phrase “militant Christianity” is a contradiction in terms, if one looks at Jesus’ actual teachings as recorded in the gospels; yet it seems to be an expectation of all Christians, by Jindal and the rest of the Religious Right.

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Texas is, in many ways, the Buckle of the Bible Belt. (Or as they say in the Bible Belt itself, “da Bobble Bay-Elt.”) Yes indeed, they are certainly God-loving in Texas. That state executes more people than any other, and Texans own far more guns per capita than any other, too. Let there be no doubt … no state in the country more exemplifies the lovingkindness of Christianity than (bloodthirsty) Texas.

Texas is also home to a dry town — namely, Lubbock — which is now wrestling with the idea of lifting its own municipal Prohibition.

But the churches are up in arms over it, as the Houston Chronicle reports:

Voters in Lubbock will decide whether beer, wine and liquor will be available in stores around this town of about 210,000. …

Those who favor expanding sales to include “package stores” say it’s time the city show some progressiveness, citing convenience, paying a fair price for alcohol and economic growth. …

Small contributors are funding the opposition group, many coming from donations after speaking to church congregations. Truth About Alcohol Sales raised more than $23,600 since January and spent more than $2,000 over the same period. …

Yessiree, dat’s da way it is in Texas, folks. Ya kin shoot damn near anybody in yer home ‘n’ gets away wid it, but in good ol’ Gawd-fearin’ Lubbock, ya can’ts bah yourself a beer ’cause’n da Lord dun tol’ ya ya can’t, ‘n’ Ah knows it ’cause’n mah preacherman dun tol’ me so. Puh-rayz da Lord ‘n’ pass da ammunition! Yee-HAH!

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