Since it's been discussed a little

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Since it's been discussed a little
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Fri, 11-05-2004 - 4:12pm

Do you think Churches should be restricted as to what they can *preach against* inside the church walls?

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Fri, 11-05-2004 - 4:22pm
I think he government should stay out of church business and vice versa. Our constitution specifically enumerates the separation of church and state. The ONLY reason government should have any say in a church (religious orginization) is if the members are being persuaded to or are conspiring to attack the country. Heck...I even think the government should stay away from cults. People should be able to believe what they wish. However, church members should not violate our laws.
Sopal
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Registered: 09-23-2004
Fri, 11-05-2004 - 4:23pm
Hmmm, how could a church be restricted from talking about what they believe is fundamentally right and wrong? That would be one of the big reasons there is a seperation of church and state, so the state cannot tell you how to practice your religion.

How about this instead, follow King Henry VIII's lead. If you don't like what the churches are doing start your own, The Church of America. (I don't mean you specifically, sandy, I'm just trying to be funny )

KathyB

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Fri, 11-05-2004 - 4:24pm

No, I don't think they should be restricted. If the congregation should have a problem with it then they should speak to the pastor.


I haven't heard anything about the new law in California.

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Fri, 11-05-2004 - 4:34pm

No I don't, I full support the freedom of religon.


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Fri, 11-05-2004 - 5:22pm

Sandy:


Churches involved in blatant politicking run the risk of losing their tax- exempt status.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 11-05-2004 - 5:41pm
Inside the church they can preach whatever they want. Although, that can be a betrayal of the parishioners if it's not a direction they want to go. I just remember as a kid having a preacher for awhile who really got off on war. It was disturbing and we would leave church upset which I *don't* think is the goal.

It can also be the reason that many people leave organized religion and maintain a private faith. My Mom told me once that her father was the most moral man she ever knew and he wouldn't go to church because he couldn't stand the organizational politics. She doesn't go to her town church now because of very deep differences of faith with the current preacher. When we buried my father's ashes we had only family at grave side, no minister, because he would have been intrusive and not helpful or healing.

It took me a long time to find a church that followed what I feel to be the true tenets of Christianity. People *are* free to go find or start another church. It's sad when it comes down to that, however.

KJ

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Fri, 11-05-2004 - 5:59pm
No, I can't believe I'm saying it, but I don't think a church should be restricted in preaching whatever morals it subscribes to. As another poster said, overt political things will get caught by the tax law; as long as no one is being harmed in any way & nothing actually ILLEGAL is going on at church, I think there should be a lot of leeway.

Honestly, I didn't agree with the things being preached in the faith I was raised in. This resulted in years of confusion, then years of searching, and I have just recently found a religion that "fits" me. So I do believe that one can search out a religion whose principles match what s/he needs. And one can avoid the ones that don't match.

I don't think the government needs to get involved in that any more than religion needs to get involved in government.



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Fri, 11-05-2004 - 6:07pm

Sandy:


Churches involved in blatant politicking run the risk of losing their tax- exempt status.

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Fri, 11-05-2004 - 6:14pm

It can also be the reason that many people leave organized religion and maintain a private faith. I

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Fri, 11-05-2004 - 6:35pm


 


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