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Friday, May 20, 2005

STATE? CHURCH? STURCH? Image hosted by TinyPic.com
The lines between church and state are becoming blurrier and blurrier by the day. Organizations such as BushFish.org openly campaign for God in goverment, claiming that George W. Bush is "doing the Lord's work." Religious leaders are booting their congregants and fellow clergyman from their churches for not supporting the president. And legislation is already in the works to allow church leaders to endorse candidates and campaigns within their sacred buildings. The state of Kansas took a step backward (I honestly didn't think that was possible) earlier this month when it dusted off John Scopes, sans monkeys, and put him back on trial. Yes, the Kansas state legislature held a weeklong debate about whether or not the theory of evolution should be taught in public schools. Oh, so that's what's the matter with Kansas.

It's scary to think that the people attempting to run the country are the same ones who need to be reminded not to ""talk about the devil, demons, voices speaking to you, God giving you supernatural revelations, etc." when the media comes calling. Mercy.

While outside groups and religious organizations are responsible for most of this craziness, let's not forget that it all stems from the top. For instance, while the Bush budget this year dramatically increases the amount of money funneled toward faith-based endeavors, it severely slashes funds for community assistance programs designed to fight poverty. So in a sense, Bush's strategy to fight poverty is to let God take care of it.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com Mmmmmm, logic. Anyone remember what that tastes like?

MORE
Reminder:
Not All People of Faith Are Crazy (God bless you Calvin College)
SFChron:
Debating Politics in the Pulpit
AP:
Kansas Debate Challenges Science Itself
Americans United for Separation
The Constitution (Hey, here's a thought GOP: Read this.)

"Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution." - Yeats

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