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  •  Well, VClib, I don't doubt that what you say (0+ / 0-)

    is true.  You can split hairs over what "campaigning" means. But I think it must have been quite a challenge for Libby Dole to speak at my parents' church during one of her husband's presidential runs without speaking his name.  It is technically out of bounds; that doesn't mean it never happens.  You will not find many people in rural communities who will take the step of challenging a church's tax-exempt status. That would be social suicide.  Obviously, "telling me who to vote for" from the pulpit can be by implication, by ideology.  What I meant was that even going that far was unusual at earlier times in Baptist churches, that people would have taken offense. I have not attended in many years, and would hope that wesmorgan1's experience described above is now the norm, but I have had the distinct impression that it is not, in many places.

    A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. Franz Kafka

    by wordwraith on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 10:18:25 AM PDT

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    •  wordw - when both Gov Bill Clinton and (2+ / 0-)
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      Sen Barack Obama were speaking from the pulpits of black Baptists churches they were careful to to mention the Presidential candidate they favored, by name.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 11:17:17 AM PDT

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      •  VClib, did you mean to say "careful not (2+ / 0-)
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        to mention"? We get it. You're not supposed to mention specific names.  No one is disputing what the tax law is. Sometimes it's observed to the letter, sometimes not. But that technicality becomes essentially meaningless. The point of my original comment was that there was a time when Southern Baptists didn't care for politics to be served up with the Sunday sermon. There was an expectation of a separation between politics and religion. That was before the arch-conservatives took over the Southern Baptist Convention. A little-known fact about Baptist history, as they are commonly lumped in with the rest of the "Religious Right."

        A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. Franz Kafka

        by wordwraith on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 02:32:10 PM PDT

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