Big Bubba Has Been To Church Here
Nov 07 9:09 PM US/Eastern Associated Press
The Internal Revenue Service has warned a prominent liberal church that it could lose it's tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon a guest preacher gave on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, according to church officials.
The Rev. George F. Regas did not urge parishioners at All Saints Episcopal Church to support either President Bush or John Kerry, but he was critical of the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts.
The IRS warned the church in June that its tax-exempt status was in jeopardy because such organizations are prohibited from intervening in political campaigns and elections.
I have attended church here on more than one occasion. There are many nice things about this church. I noticed the liberal orientation immediately during my first visit. I also question whether anyone will encounter the Gospel and Jesus Christ on their first visit to this church. That sentiment begs the question when will it happen. You are sure to hear of all sorts of social concerns during any visit. I am thinking what's the point? I wish that I had been in attendance yesterday. Bishop Desmond Tutu preached at both services.
If you keep scrolling down on the last link, you can see the heart of Pasadena All Saints Episcopal Church. They have a great heart for the poor, the sick and the homeless. Throw Cindy Sheehan and the ACLU in the mix and there you go. These folks, and all churches, really need to be very careful about involvement in elections. There are appropriate actions for churches and other actions to be avoided. I hope that the IRS just shakes them up a little bit and gets everybody's (churches) attention. Then let them off the hook with a wrist slap.
My next trip to California I will visit this church again if I have the opportunity. I don't agree with their politics or social activism, but, what does that have to do with me sitting there with other sinners worshiping G-d?