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    Filed at 12:42 pm under by dcobranchi

    Mainstream Baptist touts these 17 rules that Christian Leaders ought to follow regarding their involvement in politics. They’re all great ideas that will be absolutely ignored by the Christianist Party Leaders Dobson et al.

    3 Responses to “WHY BOTHER?”

    Comment by
    July 11th, 2007
    at 5:37 pm

    Thanks, Daryl –

    I forwarded the article to my Kool-Aid drinking (-R)ethuglican Mother.

    A piece of work she is ….

    and a darn ol’ shame, too.

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    July 12th, 2007
    at 8:36 am

    Do they have one in there about not visiting prostitutes while telling everyone else to live by some version or other of “family values?”


    Comment by
    July 12th, 2007
    at 12:08 pm

    I like many of his ideas, although I would quibble with some of them.

    But foundationally, I have a problem with his definition of “Christian leader.” I see a clear distinction between “pastors, missionaries, evangelists, youth ministers” and “parachurch leaders, college presidents, and Christian ethics professors.” Especially in my church, which is a more liturgical/sacramental one, there is a significant difference between clergy and lay. Clergy don’t endorse particular candidates, direct church funds to candidates, etc. But this is because they are responsible for administering the sacraments to all people. They are, to some extent, neutral – although not when it comes to issues. Someone like Dobson isn’t clergy. He’s an author and psychologist. There’s a difference between him and, say, the Archbishop of Boston.

    Also, I question number 17. If the Supreme Court and law professors throughout the land can’t agree on “the constitutional relationship between religion and the state as these are spelled out in the First Amendment,” I wonder why he thinks Christian leaders can do any better?

    Just some thoughts. I like his ideas.