The GOP's 'Religion Problem'

One beautifully fine morning God and Saint Peter are taking their breakfast together....

Don't look now, but the Republican Party has a religion problem:

One beautifully fine morning God and Saint Peter are taking their breakfast together in one of their favorite spots, a lovely arbor set on the side of one of heaven's highest hills where God often comes to view the whole of his creation. As God spreads some fresh honey on a warm whole wheat bagel, Peter looks over and notices some activity taking place on earth in the vicinity of “The New World” God has such high hopes for.

“Look Lord,” Peter says excitedly, “there seems to be something brewing with that bunch of pilgrims that set off on their own to find a new way to worship you just a short while ago.”

“Why it looks like revolution,” God replied. “It's about time they got 'round to it” he smiled. “Imagine Peter; no more Monarchs, no more Aristocracy, no more Caesars, no more Pharaohs oppressing my children. A new nation of religious pilgrims forming a new kind of government; of, by and for themselves. Don't you see the beauty of it? They will be the government. They will have the power to end sickness and hunger. By sharing their resources they can end homelessness and poverty. They will be a true reflection of my love...,” he paused.

“As long as the Republicans don't muck it up.”

“What are the chances of that?” sighed Peter.

“Oy vey” God sighed back “Oy vey.”


And so it goes....

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Tammy Osier March 21, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I realize it is futile to try to get Grant to understand this (so I won't), but will leave this to others to comment on (with an open mind of course). Most churches give FREE services to the community. Not cheap stuff, mind you. I've gone to churches that have psychologists, dentists etc... giving to the community for FREE. I consider that money in the pocket of people who don't have to pay for those services, not to mention the TAXES that are not collected to pay for the poor who can't do for themselves. And contrary to what some will say, ministries like those offer secular services as well (no prothelysizing).
Brian Crawford March 21, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Grant March 21, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Typical Tammy, No one squeals louder when it's THEIR government handout they are trying to protect. Sure some churches offer valuable services to the community, some dont and there is no oversight from one to the next.Churches arent required to provide SQUAT and they are not required to even prove that they are indeed a "charitable " organization. Why should we be forced to donate to a guy like Eddie Long? Then , not that anyone really pays attention to silly documents like the State of Georgia Constitution there is this "Section II Paragraph VII. Separation of church and state. No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, cult, or religious denomination or of any sectarian institution" IMO churches are just like any other business , they have salesmen, employees,stockholders . Charitable deductions are fine and deductions for charitable works would also be finel. Exemption from taxation based on the claim of beliefs in a supernatural being , sorry NO.. By all means worship as you like but pay your own way .
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew March 21, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Possibly by allowing those churches (For this discussion Mosques are included) to minister and provide services WITHIN the community in such ways as Food pantries, Tornado relief, English language classes, battered women shelters, assisting residential fire victims -you get the idea the list is actually FAR longer… Why right here in Gwinnett, the county collected our “taxes” and were partnering with charities on our behalf, it got to the point that GWINNETT actually engaged the services of another paid nonprofit to determine how our tax collected charity funds should be divided within the charity community. Personally I could do THAT cheaper myself directly. It’s been stated that churches can’t assist to the degree needed, that’s why government must step in. Like all positions this has some merit but it was taken too far by the state. The government at all levels is generally taking far more funds and REMOVING the local responsibilities of the church. Now lets look to the concept of TADs and special tax breaks for private business to locate in an area – these also reduce the number of areas that tax can be pooled from. Then we have entertainment venues built by the government for PRIVATE business use like the stadium. It took taxable land and made it a liability on the government books. So I submit the “churches” really aren’t the problem as we seem to give away far more to the private sector.
North Georgia Weather March 21, 2012 at 08:10 PM
There you go Grant. I agree no tax money should go to churches... and therefore it would also work going the other direction, no money should go from the church to the government. Would that not be separation of Church and State?


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