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6 years ago  ::  Apr 06, 2008 - 7:05PM #11
dearwatson
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No B'net thread is complete until the National Socialists get mentioned.

Once upon a time, when one attended church on a Sunday the preacher would touch upon difficult and touchy subjects from time to time. If one parishoner's complaint against a pastor because a subject which was part of the life of the community embarrased him or her and an innocuous comment related to that subject somehow offended this person, I would suggest that said person recognize that this is but a small part of ***corporate*** worship that I am certain does not spend an overwhelming amout of time dealing with topics that are the slightest bit political in any sense.

Short of events that are obviously offensive and damaging (such as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence holding their Hunky Jesus competition in the chancel on Easter) it is hard to think of how we can impose a sterility on Christian worship that voids the very real concerns of zealous and active members of the congregation. One either needs to address concerns to leadership or grow a thicker skin about speech that is disagreeable - even if it occurs within a community of choice and conscience rather than necessity and force.
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6 years ago  ::  Apr 06, 2008 - 8:34PM #12
ConfessioAugustana
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dearwatson,
Sarcasm belittles your attempts to be the resident intellectual.
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6 years ago  ::  Apr 06, 2008 - 11:56PM #13
AFskypilot
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Frankly, if a pastor uses worship time to lobby for an amendment to the constitution, that congregation can be liable to lose its tax exemption.  If the state's attorney general gets wind of this, or if the IRS hears about it, watch out.

Dear Watson and Tawonda--the informatonal office that the ELCA or the LCMS have in Washington DC are not PAC's, they are basically informational offices to supply information on what the two Synods view about a given issue.  Sometimes they have opposite views (as in the case of homosexuality) but other times they are in agreement.  You can't even call these organizations lobby groups since they have to be careful to follow IRS rules.

But to encourage worshipers to sign a particular petition for amendment is clearly against the rules.
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