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Nancy Smith

Election's Over: Apparently It's OK to Pick on Churches Again

December 7, 2018 - 6:00am
Tom Perez
Tom Perez

Trust the chairman of the party that camped out like rock-show groupies in African-American churches to now accuse churches and their preachers of having too much influence on voters.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez actually lamented Wednesday the bad influence Christianity has on voters' political preferences. He compared the influence of preachers to the influence of conservative media outlets. 

“... We (Democrats) need to build a bigger orchestra," Perez said while speaking at Demand Justice’s “The Court In Crisis: What’s Next For Progressives After Kavanaugh” Summit in Washington, DC. "They (Republicans) have had a big orchestra for some time and they’ve got the megaphones to amplify it, whether it’s Sinclair at a local level or Fox at a national level. I’ve learned this from the outreach we’ve done at the DNC ... I had someone in Northwestern Wisconsin tell me, ‘You know what, for most of the people I know, their principal sources of information are Fox News, their NRA newsletter, and the pulpit on Sunday.’”

I Beg to DifferPerez went on to suggest the political preference of single issue, pro-life voters can be entirely explained by their exposure to conservative ideas at their place of worship.

“It should come as a surprise to no one that that person has elevated the issue of courts to the top because that person on the pulpit is saying, ‘Ignore everything else that this person has done and is doing, we have to focus on one issue of Roe vs. Wade.’ And people buy it. Because that’s their only source,” Perez said.

Holy hypocritical hyperbole, Tom.

The only reason Tom Perez doesn't like the church's buttinski-ism is, it's working for conservatives and flops like a dead mullet for Democrats. Pretty much every time. In other words, the bad ones are THEIR churches, the good ones are OURS.

The truth is, Republican Party leaders don't have to knock on sanctuary doors and huddle with clergy to get them to deliver a conservative, pro-life message. The philosophy of evangelical clergymen in particular and their conservative congregations are inextricably linked, particularly on the matter of abortion.

Before midterms the Florida Democratic Party leadership and their hirelings ran programs focused on getting black congregants to pledge to vote early, for example, and then made sure they followed through. 

They packed South Florida churches on the Sunday before the election, throwing their arms around congregants, as they do every year in advance of their "Souls to the Polls" marches.

It's long been one of the pet peeves of  Democratic African American Woman's Caucus President Leslie Wimes -- that Democratic leaders hit the churches every two years, when they want to suck up to African-Americans for their votes. Then disappear again when the election is over.

The point here is, Perez's party actually courts churches, pleading for their favor. Because it didn't result in an Election Day win, churches and their preachers are back to "dangerous."

At a time in this nation when madmen are increasingly targeting churches and congregations, was it wise to single out the clergy's Sunday influence for criticism? 

Sorry, Tom. Not too bright either for you, as party leader, to belittle the clergy because their congregations are getting the message.  Think about it for a minute.

Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith

Comments

It's the 501C3 problem raising its ugly head again. Churches were ALREADY tax-exempt BEFORE the government initiated their wonderful idea of 501C3--which effectively shut us up. I remember back in the 70s when politicians used to come to our church and talk to us before elections. That is how we were able to choose wisely. If our churches would ban together and DROP their 501C3 status (Johnson Amendment) we would all be better off. We ALL need to lobby our own church for this. Political decisions DIRECTLY AFFECT OUR LIVES, and when we are AFRAID to talk about it for fear of losing the Satanic 501C3 status... I would say we are LOST!

PS: Also, President Trump nullified the free speech part of the Johnson Amendment when he first became president. So these people have EVERY RIGHT to speak out.

BY THE WAY: "REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR !" (We Patriots will NEVER forget our "Nationalist Roots"! ! !

DEMS: Duplicitous, lying socialists, led by "stone communist" Tom Perez" (an "Obama leftover")!

The true hypocrisy here is the 'born agains', the evangelicals, and the Religious Right supporting the amoral, compulsive liar, serial cheater, and totally unchristian mook currently serving as the Blowhard-In-Chief in Washington! The clown makes a mockery out of The Ten Commandments!

Perez is incredibly hypocritical. The DNC's entire "Souls to the Poll"s" campaign demonstrates this. They started this in African American churches a few year's back and offer rides from the churches to congregants who want to do Early Voting. It has not worked for them. There should be a separation of church and state, however, we must remember that churches are made up of people who chose that church for its values and will vote those same values in any election. That does not mean that the church has compelled them to vote in a specific way. I do not believe that politicians should come in during religious services and preach their platform from the pulpit. However, if the church choses to hold a public forum outside of religious services that is not problematic. The specter of Democratic politicians trying desperately to lock in the Black vote by using the church services themselves shows collusion between the preachers and the politicians. It was an attempt to use the preacher's influence and status in the church to compel congregants to vote THEIR way. I find that reprehensible regardless of which party is engaging in this behavior.

It shouldn't be working for either party. PERIOD! Churches, and other religious entities have NO business in the political ring, what so ever. "Freedom From Religion" has more meaning than just government supported worship and governance. If ANY religious entity wishes to get in the ring of politics, let them start by paying taxes, first. Then, and only then, can they speak up and support any candidate or party they wish. Until then, they need to keep their pie holes shut!

It is Freedom OF religion....NOT FROM relegion. When you understand that then maybe you will be on the road to sanity!

Now that Churches are able to donate to PAC's and Politicians it's time to end our tax exempt status. Any money we spend on helping the poor can be a deduction. Real men and women of the cloth does not need a jet, BMW or Mega Church. The Secular Policy Institute estimates the country is wasting an estimated 71 BILLION in TAX REVENUE per year.

An overt admission of why the dumbing down of traditional values has taken civility, politeness, common courtesy, respect for the law and integrity out of the equation as what constitutes a good person and citizen. Spoken like the Anti-Christ. Sad, very sad.

Thanks, Nancy for this column...I hadn't heard Perez's comments but it doesn't surprise me because of the secularization of our country by the Far Left/Militant Antifa...but you're right to call out the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party to ask African-American churches to support their cause and that's good, but if conservative churches have a contrary position, then that's automatically bad...preaching is preaching - it's all appropiate

Well said!

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