See in the Just Above
Sunset archives –
July 4, 2004: Heresy - In the Specific Religious (and Los Angeles) Meaning of the Term
The Bush campaign is working hard on “reaching out” churchgoers
according to this in the Washington Post. In short, the Bush-Cheney
reelection campaign has sent a detailed plan of action to religious volunteers across the country asking them to turn over
church directories to the campaign, distribute issue guides in their churches and persuade their pastors to hold voter registration
Now this could cause any one of these churches to lose its tax-exempt status. These churches might become de facto and then de jure political organizations. But there is Republican-sponsored legislation working its way through the halls of congress to have that
change of status be considered only after three violations of the rules on these matters. Think of this change in the law as an exemption made so you can keep your exemption. If you’re a golfer – think of it as a “two Mulligan” rule.
But what are
you being asked to do?
By July 31, for example, volunteers are to "send your Church Directory to
your State Bush-Cheney '04 Headquarters or give [it] to a BC04 Field Rep" and "Talk to your Pastor about holding a Citizenship
Sunday and Voter Registration Drive."
By Aug. 15, they are to "talk to your Church's seniors or 20-30 something group
about Bush/Cheney '04" and "recruit 5 more people in your church to volunteer for the Bush Cheney campaign."
17, they are to host at least two campaign-related potluck dinners with church members, and in October they are to "finish
calling all Pro-Bush members of your church," "finish distributing Voter Guides in your church" and place notices on church
bulletin boards or in Sunday programs "about all Christian citizens needing to vote."
got a problem with that?
So much for the excerpt. That was three
GOP Seeks Catholic Parish Directories
Douglass K. Daniel, Associated Press, Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004
The Southern Baptist Convention,
a conservative denomination that one could say is rather tight with President Bush, was offended by this Bush-Cheney effort. Really offended. Deeply offended.
What about the Catholics?
Here’s the scoop
The Republican National Committee has asked Bush-backing Roman Catholics to provide copies of
their parish directories to help register Catholics to vote in the November election, a use of personal information not necessarily
condoned by dioceses around the country.
In a story posted Thursday on its Web site, the National Catholic Reporter
said a GOP official had urged people who attended a Catholic outreach event in January to provide parish directories and membership
lists to the political party.
"Access to these directories is critical as it allows us to identify and contact those
Catholics who are likely to be supportive of President Bush's compassionate conservative agenda," wrote Martin J. Gillespie,
director of Catholic Outreach at the RNC. "Please forward any directories you are able to collect to my attention."
RNC is using the information from parish directories only for its nonpartisan voter registration drive, RNC spokeswoman Christine
Iverson told The Associated Press on Thursday.
target members of other faiths as well as people who belong to nonreligious organizations, she said.
Well, the Catholic Church
IS considering excommunicating Kerry for his stance that the woman should make any decision regarding abortion, not the government.
And the Catholic Church is considering excommunicating anyone who confesses to voting for him. It makes sense.
the AP notes these parish directories often contain personal information about church members, including names of family members,
home addresses and phone numbers. That's personal information. Give it all to the GOP election team? Should
the Church cooperate anyway, as this is, one might conclude, an endeavor to make the world less sinful?
make it okay?
It seems one Susan Gibbs, the spokeswoman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, DC, which oversees
140 parishes in Washington and Maryland, says parish directories publish information only for use among church
members and not for use by outside organizations no matter what their purpose. And AP quotes her saying,
"Parish directories are for helping parishioners get to know each other better and are strictly for that purpose. They
are not intended to be used for any outside commercial purpose, solicitations or anything else. Parish directories or priest
directories are not given to outside groups even if it's for a good cause."
But isn't this about saving souls
and preventing the murder of (sort of) children – or so it would seem. That’s what Bush is doing, right?
Rebecca Summers of the office of communications for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph - and that’s
ninety Catholic parishes in Missouri - is quoted as saying, "I'm not certain under any scenario that we would encourage
someone responding to that appeal - for any purpose, whether it would be an environmental cause or any purpose other than
what the people volunteered the information for.”
Why do these two – Susan and Rebecca – hate
America and want children murdered?
The Catholic Church is edging toward taking up the righteous sword for Bush, and
against Kerry. But there is some grumbling.
The Bush approach to all issues – that there is no middle
ground – will force the Catholic Church to choose.
Will they side with the Devil? And who is the Devil