The church as political pulpit, yet again:
A nonprofit group has filed a complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the role that two churches may have played in the re-election campaign of Kansas’ attorney general.
The complaint by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan legal watchdog organization, cited a memorandum from the attorney general, Phill Kline, a Republican, directing members of his campaign staff to recruit churches to distribute campaign literature and serve as the sites for events.
“This is the top law enforcement official in the state who is encouraging everyone to break the law,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group. “He’s either abysmally unfamiliar with the law, or he’s deliberately violating it.”
A spokeswoman for Mr. Kline, Sherriene Jones, did not return calls to her office.
In his memorandum, Mr. Kline identified two Topeka churches, the Light of the World Christian Center and the Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, which he said had participated in “lit drops” by handing out campaign literature. A woman who answered the telephone at Wanamaker Woods Church said the church had no comment.
Who exactly is Phill Kline? This fellow:
Phill Kline, Republican attorney general of Kansas, is determined not to be defensive. Making headlines with his subpoena of abortion records and his closed-door discussions of evolution with State Board of Education members, the former scholarship wrestler comes across as well satisfied with what he has wrought.
He has a job to do, Kline explained during a break at a meeting of attorneys general in Washington. Principles are at stake, he said, and liberals who dismiss the conservative values agenda as a political stratagem really do not know what they are talking about.
Kline is the man who wanted to fish through abortion records to find evidence ofcrimes. Fortunately, the courts (damned activist judges) told him to go pound salt. Modern Republicans don’t want a society in which they are free to worship as they choose- they want a society in which you are free to worship as they choose. They wish to replace the laws of man with the laws of God, and then enforce those laws with the full power of the state. And they intend to do whatever they can to make sure that happens, laws and the Constitution be damned.