Saturday, July 03, 2004

Someday, and that day may never come, I will ask a favor of you . . .

So, it seems that Southern Baptists have briefly rediscovered why they used to be so supportive of the separation of church and state - because sometimes, the state is the one who wants to control the church, not the other way around:

The Southern Baptist Convention, a conservative denomination closely aligned with President Bush, said it was offended by the Bush-Cheney campaign's effort to use church rosters for campaign purposes.
"I'm appalled that the Bush-Cheney campaign would intrude on a local congregation in this way," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
"The bottom line is, when a church does it, it's nonpartisan and appropriate. When a campaign does it, it's partisan and inappropriate," he said. "I suspect that this will rub a lot of pastors' fur the wrong way."

Will it now? Those pastors should have thought of that before Land lobbied Bush for vouchers to fund private religious schools. Did he belive Bush supported him out of charity? He expected to be repaid; I suspect that a few church directories are only the start.