Recently, here in Kentucky, a pastor of the Hagar Hill Freewill Baptist, spoke out to his congregassion to vote President Obama out of office. He is now being called on the carpet for making this public statement and according to the government, he has broken a federal law. Do you think this law is justified? Should a Pastor be able to give his opinion to the people of the church?
Just like the military an individual can have "personal" opinions and express them in private conversation without restriction. However, when in uniform or on military details such expression of personal opinion on a political issue can get a military member a general court martial which can end in jail and total loss of career and benefits [or an agreement to "retire" like General Stanley Mac Chrystal who was the best spec ops general around].
Churches are the same: Remember "Separation of Church and State". the Minister can have his "personal Private Opinion" and express it in personal and private conversations; expressing In Church to a Multitude of people that opinion becomes "political commentary" and violates the Federal Law Which Creates the "Exclusion from Taxation" and which defines the "Separation of Church and State":
the minister was dead wrong and just too lazy to speak to each of his members privately so he made his "personal opinion" a "Political Statement" violating the separation doctrine and endangering his entire church hierarchy's tax exclusion. They did not censure him for speaking the opinion, they censured him for endangering their tax exclusion; and rightly so.
Even though I do not believe freedom of speech means one can say whatever they like I still caution that it is easy for people to fall into a dictatorial atmosphere when they are in charge.
In the United States the government is supposed to be working for the people it should not be the other way around.
If politician are corrupted, stealing from the people, exempting themselves from laws etc. should the people remain quiet regarding these crimes?
If freedom of speech is based on taxation then corporations that pays their lawyers to keep them from paying taxes must also remain silent.
I never knew this law existed! However, if the majority of the congregassion feels the same about the issue at hand, then should they not be able to voice this in their own church? In reality the law makes sense, however, many of the issue effect people to their very core and in spiritual ways. I do not think you can always draw a clean line between church and state. It makes me ponder!
Total abuse of the power of the pulpit.
I hope the feds prosecute him.
And it wouldn't matter to me which candidate the pastor was telling his congregation to vote for (or against).
That is inappropriate in the extreme.
by Christin Sander 3 years ago
Do people understand the actual meaning of separation of church and state?Do you find many don't understand that separation of church and state protects both religious institutions and the citizens? I've seen so many that irrationally fear their churches will be forced to marry same sex couples for...
by Dwayne Smith 4 years ago
Separation of Church and State?Separation of Church and State is a hot topic currently, but to me, the trend seems to focus on things like the Pledge of Allegiance or the Ten Commandments in public buildings, yet religious state laws, like alcohol on Sundays, for instance, are rarely mentioned or...
by Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago
Is there truly a separation of church and state"? I think not, because religious conservatives areconstantly interferring with the basic rights of Americans, particularly in terms of women's reproductive technologies, the issue of sex education in the schools, and issue of alternative...
by M. T. Dremer 3 years ago
Does the use of "In God We Trust" on our currency violate the separation of church and state?"In God We Trust" wasn't always on U.S. currency. I believe it was put on coins in the 1860s and then later on paper money in the 1950s. From what I understand, court cases have already...
by SparklingJewel 9 years ago
Where does the expression, “Separation of Church and State” really come from?1. The U.S. Constitution? No.2. First Amendment to the Constitution No.3. Declaration of Independence? No.4. Russian Constitution Yes. The...
by Brenda Durham 9 years ago
Our dear President has succeeding in doin' it again.Breaking ground on pushing HIS agenda while breaking the liberal rule of "separation of Church and State" (which was never a real rule anyway, but often touted by liberals).Just one more case of proof that he's not really FOR the...
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|