Yesterday I spent some time on the phone with a church planter in the “Bible Belt”. Seems he has been pushing a specific Presidential candidate on his church’s blog (as opposed to his personal blog) and from the pulpit. Now the Treasury Department is looking into it and have discussed possible action against the church if it doesn’t stop. He’s pretty ticked at the U.S. government right now and was spouting off some crap over the phone about “freedom of speech”. I told him…there is no such thing as freedom of speech when you are eating the government cheese. He hung up pretty pissed at me.
One of the things that really gets under my skin is when pastors or religious “leaders” use their platform and influence to push particular candidates or political parties. It’s against the law…shut up…quit…stop being a criminal!!! Here’s the deal…churches have tax exempt status…we don’t pay taxes. Our congregation gets a tax break for the money they tithe. Some of us dishonest pastors have even stopped paying Social Security citing some ridiculous crap about it being against the Bible to pay into a government retirement program. In essence, we are eating the government cheese!!!
If you want freedom of speech…the freedom to push a particular candidate…the freedom to actively support the Communist Wombats Of America party…the freedom to incite people to picket for the “Save The Gay Spotted Whales Society”…then stop eating the government cheese. Give up your 501c status…become a for-profit business…pay your feakin’ taxes….and say anything that comes to your little pea-sized brain. Until then…shut up about politics…and preach the Word of God!!!
Rant over…have a nice day! 🙂