Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Tuesday, June 08, 2004


Be Outraged

From the NYT this morning (where it was naturally buried on page A-16):

Republicans in the House of Representatives have quietly introduced a measure to make it easier for churches to support political candidates, just days after the Bush campaign came under fire from liberal groups for inviting church members to distribute campaign information at their house of worship.

The provision, called Safe Harbor for Churches, would allow religious organizations a limited number of violations of the existing rules against political endorsements without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

“It looks suspicious,” Daniel Maffei, communications director for the Democratic miniroty on the committee, said of the proposal.

The bill, now proceeding on a fast track, is scheduled to move from committee to presentation on the House floor next week. If passed in time for the election, Mr. Maffei said, it would invite “widespread abuse” by religious leaders using their positions to support their favorite candidates.

The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Church and State, said the timing “simply reeks to high heaven, literally.”

Write your congressman, if you haven't already. This thing should be squashed, fast.


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