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Christian Evangelicals use their chuch pulpit to advance Republican agenda

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    Reference: Eleanor Bader, Alternet: Why Is the Federal Government Supporting Evangelism?, Dec 9, 2009

    Bader highlights the tax exempt status of Liberty University and their teachings...

    Thrice weekly chapel attendance is mandatory and it is here that the collision of faith and conservatism comes to the fore, with sermons delivered by such rightwing luminaries as Dinesh D’Souza, Fox TV personalities Sean Hannity and Shannon Bream, and LU alum, Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council.

    A strong commitment to political conservatism, total rejection of socialism, and firm support for America’s economic system of free enterprise.


    All students are required to take GNED101 and GNED102...designed to aid the student in the development of a biblical worldview.” Among the lessons... “is an affirmation of absolute truth.”


    Most LU students finance their coursework with Virginia Tuition Assistance monies and federal Pell, Supplementary Educational Opportunity, Teach and Smart grants.

    Liberty University is not alone.  The Evangelical churches and ministries and their affiliated groups like the Family Research Council have "pushed the envelope" in support of Republicans and the Republican agenda.  Is it time to reexamine the tax exempt status of these churches and groups?  I have no problem in tax deductions for charitable causes, but when they spend most of their money on land, building mega churches, recruiting more people, and perhaps most of all, promoting poltical causes, I think they should be taxed like ordinary Americans. Agree or disagree?  Am I wrong?


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    One of my online friends recently sent me an article that Chris Thurman had published in The Christian Post. (Since I've never read the Christian Post, I would not have seen it otherwise.) All of us are familiar with the reasons that it is totally illogical for evangelicals to support Trump, and the author mentions a few facts about Trump's mental health that we are all familiar with.

    The part I found interesting was the author's reference to the Four Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse - Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, Ralph Reed, and Mike Pence. (If you aren't familiar with Ralph Reed, he was the first executive director of the Christian Coalition in the early 1990's. He also started the Faith and Freedom Coalition in 2009).

    https://www.christianpost.com/voice/you-foolish-evangelicals-trump-has-bewitched-you.html

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    An really sick country for sure; "religion" should stick to "religion" not running or influencing "governing" or benefit from the "tax payers" money. No wonder that things here are out of "wack". There should be an strict "culture" of total separation between "church" and State. But yeah, they will likely never wise up here. Churches should be taxed, like any other "business"; they "sell" snake oil.
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    Schmidt Wrote: Reference: Eleanor Bader, Alternet: Why Is the Federal Government Supporting Evangelism?, Dec 9, 2009

    Bader highlights the tax exempt status of Liberty University and their teachings...

    Thrice weekly chapel attendance is mandatory and it is here that the collision of faith and conservatism comes to the fore, with sermons delivered by such rightwing luminaries as Dinesh D’Souza, Fox TV personalities Sean Hannity and Shannon Bream, and LU alum, Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council.

    A strong commitment to political conservatism, total rejection of socialism, and firm support for America’s economic system of free enterprise.


    All students are required to take GNED101 and GNED102...designed to aid the student in the development of a biblical worldview.” Among the lessons... “is an affirmation of absolute truth.”

    Most LU students finance their coursework with Virginia Tuition Assistance monies and federal Pell, Supplementary Educational Opportunity, Teach and Smart grants.

    Liberty University is not alone. The Evangelical churches and ministries and their affiliated groups like the Family Research Council have "pushed the envelope" in support of Republicans and the Republican agenda. Is it time to reexamine the tax exempt status of these churches and groups? I have no problem in tax deductions for charitable causes, but when they spend most of their money on land, building mega churches, recruiting more people, and perhaps most of all, promoting poltical causes, I think they should be taxed like ordinary Americans. Agree or disagree? Am I wrong?

    I agree, religious institutions should be taxed, none of this no tax stuff anymore because some have become the mouthpieces for the right wing. A charitable cause to me would be an entity that does help the poor and needy without the attached strings and without conditions. I had a friend, who is gay BTW, asked for help years ago, and when he told the people he was gay, they all but refused to help him, and informed him he should join their congregation for getting help to become straight. I won't name that organization here on this forum, but I do boycott the org.. Just as I boycott organizations and corporations that are affiliated with the Koch Bros.. It would be best if we all knew a charitable organization's political leanings before we open our wallets to them.
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    The 2009 article on Liberty University in the first post in this thread is 10 years old. I browsed the internet to see how Liberty has fared in the last 10 years. Here are tidbits from Wikipedia:

    Liberty is one of the largest Christian universities in the world with a total student enrollment of 110,000 (15,000 at its Lynchburg campus and 94,000 students enrolled online.

    Liberty University is a conversative Evanglical Christian college which is reflected in its honor code and other policies. The university teaches creationism alongside the science of evolutionary biology.

    In 2018, Liberty University students were sixth in terms of receiving federal aid for the year 2017. Most of Liberty University's revenue came from taxpayer-funded sources.

    Liberty's faith-based Christian honor code states that sexual relations outside of a biblically ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman are not permissible. Campus Pride, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights on college campuses, listed Liberty University as one of the worst universities for LGBT students.

    Liberty University has been described as a "stage of choice in Republican presidential politics", and a "pilgrimage site for GOP candidates." According to the Washington Post, Republican candidates are drawn to the university because it is seen as a "bastion of the Christian right".

    In 2009, Liberty stopped recognizing the university's Democratic Party student group; school officials said this was because the Democratic Party platform goes against the school's conservative Christian principles.

    In a December 5, 2015, convocation speech, President Jerry Falwell Jr. encouraged the student body to obtain concealed handgun permits. Falwell discussed the 2015 San Bernardino attack and said, "If more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in.

    Some Liberty students protested when President Trump criticized both white supremacists and counter-protesters after the August 2017 Charlottesville neo-Nazi group violence. Following Trump's remarks, Falwell said that he was "so proud" of Trump for his "bold truthful" statement on the tragedy.

    President Falwell has consistently blocked students' free speech as he has censored articles in the school's newspaper.

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    So taxpayers. You are helping fund Liberty University's curriculum and conservative politics.

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    Then there is this...

    Patheos, January 16, 2020: 10 Evangelicals Arrested After Killing 7 During Violent Exorcism Rituals In Panama

    NBC News reports:

    Prosecutors in Panama say they have found the corpses of six children and one adult in a clandestine burial pit where a sect had tortured indigenous people in exorcism rituals.

    Prosecutors said Thursday the dead minors ranged in age from one to 17, and that the adult was a pregnant woman who was the mother of five of the kids.

    "According to reports, 10 “lay preachers” from “The New Light of God” church were arrested and are accused of staging violent and sometimes deadly exorcism rituals where indigenous peoples were asked to “repent or die.”

    I missed this in the news coverage. Maybe it wasn't important enough...

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    Due to the fact that Europe and other countries threw out all the oddball religions and they relocated to the US, which has an island mentality, it only spread even more because of the "isolation" in the middle of this country. Especially in hard times they take any straw to clamp on. Also due to that "good" teachers don't move to the rural area's, it is the lack of "solid" education which pollutes their brains. But yeah that is what you get if you let Kentucky run this country.Astonished