Evangelist defends right to criticize Romney campaign
TAMPA -- A Florida evangelist shrugged off allegations yesterday that he is illegally mixing religion and politics by telling followers that a vote for Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney "is a vote for Satan."
A watchdog group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, hand-delivered a letter to the Internal Revenue Service last week asking for an investigation of St. Petersburg-based evangelist Bill Keller, who has used his online columns and late-night TV show to assert that Romney is not a Christian because he belongs to the Mormon Church.
The group says Keller's anti-Romney rants violate federal tax law, and it wants the IRS to look into revoking the tax-exempt status of his nonprofit ministry. The law prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing candidates....
Simple, Vic, if an organization wants to be political, it should start paying taxes. However, I wish they would apply this test equally. The Unitarians which is no more than a political action groups seems to get away without paying taxes.
Derek, Christians usually won't be in politics, so voting for anyone calling himself a Christian and a politician means the person is suspect, or he doesn't know much about Christianity anyway. About, Mitt, you can read this,
"A Mormon in the White House? 10 Things Every American Should Know About Mitt Romney"
Keller is wrong. A vote for a Mormon is NOT a vote for Satan. A vote for a Moslem is a vote for Satan. Oh no. I got that wrong. A vote for a Roman Catholic is a vote for Satan. No. I'm wrong again. A vote for anyone but a Fundamentalist is a vote for Satan. Ok. Jews are an exception, because although they crucified Christ and persecuted the church, they will always be God's special people because He owes them. No wait. Jews are OK if they don't belong to a Masonic lodge. Then a vote for them is a vote for Satan. Wait. How about if a guy is a Fundamentalist but his name is Hank Satan. Then voting for the Fundamentalist would be a vote for Satan. Right? Gee this forum can sure get confusing. John from San Jose, since you can tell the contents of Jimmy Carter's heart, can you tell me who will win the World Series this year?
Regarding Keller's statements , Campbell said "it shows that bigotry from time to time can still rear its ugly head in society."
No suprise here. Ungodly people often refer to spiritual discernment as "bigotry" and "intolerance" because they assume that they can "see" what we can't and that what we think we see is not really there, when exactly the opposite is true.
Since the first paragraph states that Keller was adressing "followers", rather than the public as a whole, there should be no court case to persue...but I'm not a lawyer so maybe I'm missing something here.
Jimmy Carter's recent claim that Mormons are Christians indicates that he himself most likely is not one. Otherwise he'd surely be able to differentiate between the two faiths.
Unsaved family members gave me the usual silent treatment when I tried to point this out, but most of them regard the exclusive claims of Christ as upity and bigotted, regardless of the source. SIGH!