Billy Graham Electioneers For God

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Rev. Billy Graham

Rev. Billy Graham, or rather his ministry, had a full page ad in the New York Times and other news papers around the country electioneering for god. In the ad, Graham asks people to “cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel.” Graham’s call crosses the line against churches electioneering for candidates.
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Pulpit Freedom Sunday Was A Failure Due To Bureaucracy

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image of the IRS logoAlliance Defending Freedom, which sponsored Pulpit Freedom Sunday on October 7th, claimed over a 1,000 pastors would be taking part in violating the tax laws prohibiting a tax exempt group, such as churches, from electioneering at the pulpit. If the law breaking pastors had done some basic research they would have seen that having a protest now was a waste of time. The IRS suspended investigations of churches in 2009 due to a federal law suit. Basically Pulpit Freedom Sunday was a failure.
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Pro-Life Website Walks A Fine Line Between Church And State

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image showing Wall between Church and StateA Google alert caught my eye on Sunday. It was to a post on a website called LifeNews.com and it was titled “Liberals Are Trying to Intimidate Your Church This Election”. So of course I had to read about this very important issue. The post basically was the standard conservative scare post. Naturally none of their information was correct. What I did find interesting was links to two voter guides. I didn’t know that a church was so concerned with obviously non-religious issues like energy, Voter ID, and Iran.
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Biden And Ryan Debate Offers Snapshot On Church And State

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VP Joe Biden & Rep. Paul Ryan

Thursday nights Vice Presidential debate between current VP Joe Biden and GOP nominee Rep. Paul Ryan contained topics from domestic issues and foreign affairs. Toward the end of the night debate moderator Martha Raddatz asked, since both men are of the Catholic faith, about abortion. Each man’s answer drew a sharp contrast on the relationship between faith and public policy. I thought Vice President Biden had the correct view.
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Real Religious Persecution: Pakistani Girl, 14, Shot By Taliban Over Activism

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Malala Yousufzai – Dissenter

Here in the US, we take for granted that the worse thing expected by speaking out against the religious right is name calling, verbal threats, and maybe some vandalism. It’s easy for us to imagine not risking our life just for speaking out because it rarely happens. Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl who spoke out against the Taliban when they closed her school in 2009, was shot in the head by the Taliban in an attempt to assassinate her.
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Check This Out, I Did A Guest Post At Progress Planet

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created image showing The wall between church and stateBack in August I did an interview with the website Progress Planet about me and this blog. I was also invited to write a guest post for them and it was posted today. The topic is the two recent federal court rulings that were related to church state separation. Please check it out.
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