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  •  Does it work both ways? (0+ / 0-)

    What about the United Methodists who are objecting to the use of SMU land for a Bush library and institute?  Should they be "gone after", or is that different because they are on our side?

    "Sir, you are giving a reason for it; but that will not make it right." Samuel Johnson

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 12:55:34 PM PST

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    •  Not the same issue (1+ / 0-)
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      Section 501(c)(3) says they can't get involved in campaigns for public office.  Now, I suppose that Bush is campaigning not to be biggest doofus in presidential history, but that doesn't fall within the confines of the electioneering prohibition.

      But if were Obama or Hillary and a liberal leaning church, yes, the same rules should apply.

      Disclosure: Proud to be the Volunteer coordinator for Indiana for WesPAC

      by ElaineinIN on Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 01:04:39 PM PST

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    •  Elaine said what I would have in reply. (1+ / 0-)
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      It's the campaigning for or against a candidate, as opposed to merely restating the denomination's stand on an issue, that I object to. Every church has the right to remind its members of the official dogma. It doesn't have a right to tell people flat-out to not vote for someone or to vote for someone.

      As f or my opinion on SMU--I don't think a  presidential library belongs on the campus of a religious college. If Ji8mmy Carter had wanted to build his library at a religious college, I'd ahve opposed that too.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 02:46:50 PM PST

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