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September 04, 2004

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dbabbitt

The phrase "churches should stay out of politics or be taxed" always makes me want to defend against anti-Christian bigotry. But after reading this article I guess we could rephrase it as "churches should stay out of that grey area where political morality and personal morality are often indistinguishable, unless they want to conform to the political morality of being taxed." That's still unsatisfactory.

Lee

The question is, too, when is personal morality the same as political morality? What happens when, as practiciing religious politician, what your constituents want conflicts with your personal morality, your conscience, e.g., if you're an anti-abortionist and your constituents are not? This is the grey area I was referring to. It's tricky, but not necessarily anti-Christian. I look at it as more anti-political. Historically, the two have never mixed well.

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