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LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]codeman38)

I don't recall seeing this posted here before; although it's several months old, I just stumbled across it today:

PBS' Now for April 28, 2006: "God's Country?"

Evangelical Christians have been preaching politics in Ohio ahead of Tuesday’s gubernatorial primaries and face accusations of using the church as a vehicle for political advocacy.

The accusations come from another group of religious leaders who have filed multiple complaints to the IRS against two so-called "mega-churches" in Ohio.

One of those churches is led by Pastor Russell Johnson, who has become one of the most important figures in Ohio politics today. Johnson runs the Ohio Restoration Project, an organization that mobilizes so-called "patriot pastors" to deliver one-sided messages about social policy, secular laws and even political candidates.

The goal of the organization is to elect candidates who agree with conservative Christians on issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

"When it came to find a leader, we found one, Ken Blackwell, who said yes, marriage is defined by the Bible as one man and one woman, and I will stand with you," Johnson said at an Ohio rally in February.

Among other things, there's a full transcript of the show, several video clips, and some additional textual commentary available at the site.

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