Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Christ the Vote!

The 2006 mid-term elections are just around the corner, and GOP activists are turning their attention back to their conservative Christian base.

Last month, the GOP in this state sent out an e-mail to registered Republicans asking them to send the party headquarters “as many church directories as you can…in an effort to fully register, education, and energize [our state’s] congregations.”

What state is it?

A) Alabama
B) North Carolina
C) Ohio
D) Utah

B) North Carolina. The move has drawn concerns about the separation of church and state — even among Evangelical Christians. It has also raises the question about giving these churches tax-exempt status if they intend to engage in political activities.

“I find it disturbing,” says Rev. Robert Prince III, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Waynesville, NC. “I don’t think it’s a good idea…because of church-state type issues.”


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