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Jewish family driven out of their homes over religious discrimination

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I've boldfaced in the article my favourite remarks.

Times article on militant religious discrimination in Delaware )

Frankly, I think this is just sick. This doesn't sound like the teachings of Jesus to me. I think Mrs. Dobrich's recollection of her youth is particularly telling... things haven't always been this way. The idea that they are preserving things they way they've always been is a joke.

Current Mood: disappointed
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Pastor stands up to conservative politics


This New York Times article talks about a conservative evangelical pastor who said "No" to politics:

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Like most pastors who lead thriving evangelical megachurches, the Rev. Gregory A. Boyd was asked frequently to give his blessing — and the church’s — to conservative political candidates and causes.

The requests came from church members and visitors alike: Would he please announce a rally against gay marriage during services? Would he introduce a politician from the pulpit? Could members set up a table in the lobby promoting their anti-abortion work? Would the church distribute “voters’ guides” that all but endorsed Republican candidates? And with the country at war, please couldn’t the church hang an American flag in the sanctuary?

After refusing each time, Mr. Boyd finally became fed up, he said. Before the last presidential election, he preached six sermons called “The Cross and the Sword” in which he said the church should steer clear of politics, give up moralizing on sexual issues, stop claiming the United States as a “Christian nation” and stop glorifying American military campaigns.

“When the church wins the culture wars, it inevitably loses,” Mr. Boyd preached. “When it conquers the world, it becomes the world. When you put your trust in the sword, you lose the cross.”

Mr. Boyd says he is no liberal. He is opposed to abortion and thinks homosexuality is not God’s ideal. The response from his congregation at Woodland Hills Church here in suburban St. Paul — packed mostly with politically and theologically conservative, middle-class evangelicals — was passionate. Some members walked out of a sermon and never returned. By the time the dust had settled, Woodland Hills, which Mr. Boyd founded in 1992, had lost about 1,000 of its 5,000 members.

But there were also congregants who thanked Mr. Boyd, telling him they were moved to tears to hear him voice concerns they had been too afraid to share.

“Most of my friends are believers,” said Shannon Staiger, a psychotherapist and church member, “and they think if you’re a believer, you’ll vote for Bush. And it’s scary to go against that.”

It's a great article. Looks like there is some great multimedia in the sidebar, too- but I could not view it, for some reason.

It's about time we saw some of the conservatives standing up for the real separation of church and state. This guy is catching hell for it, but maybe he's an early bird.

I applaud his courage and his conviction.

I listened to the first sermon (the Cross and the Sword), and Pastor Boyd has his history down. He talks about the barbarity of "Christian" kingdoms in history. And then he talks about what has become of those kingdoms. This is stuff I've been talking about to people for years. I can't really agree with his 'power under', since I subscribe more to a power within belief, but he has the right idea, and people of faith should pay attention.

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