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Keep it separate

Pulpit no place for partisanship

By Stephen Copley Special to the Democrat-Gazette

This article was published September 8, 2017 at 2:24 a.m.

I am a United Methodist pastor and Chair of Faith Voices Arkansas. As a pastor, I believe houses of worship are meant to be places where people worship and gather in community.

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WGT says... September 8, 2017 at 7:17 a.m.

Some how, the state of humans must get back to the understanding we are born atheist, and, completely reject the delusion of having an invisible entity in the sky directing our fate.
Should one feel the need to have a faith in an idea yet to be proven to exist, it should go no farther than one's front door, or, place of worship.

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Lifelonglearner says... September 8, 2017 at 3:08 p.m.

Well said Steve! Or as I like to say "God did not give us free will, just so we can use government to force our will, and religious beliefs on others."

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3WorldState1 says... September 8, 2017 at 4:11 p.m.

Sad. Republicans are ruining Christianity.
If you mix religion and politics, it ruins both. And we are witnessing that first hand.
Keeping them separate protects both!

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DoubleBlind says... September 8, 2017 at 4:20 p.m.

Johnson Amendment can't be repealed soon enough. If any one questions that, just look at Joel Osteen's recent hypocrisy in Houston; refusing to open his mega church to displaced residents and blatantly LYING that it was due to flooding when the building was bone dry. That's just one of the more recent examples. Religions are cults. 'Clergy' are charlatans extorting from followers and taxpayers. Cut 'em ALL off now!

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23cal says... September 8, 2017 at 5:44 p.m.

We need more Christians like Rev. Stephen Copley, and fewer theocrats who prostitute the special tax status of their church to endorse candidates. Keep the Johnson amendment.
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Do you know who will be voting for repeal of the Johnson Amendment? Every single one of our state's senators and representatives. Shame on them all.

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BirdDogsRock says... September 8, 2017 at 7:17 p.m.

I appreciate Rev. Copley's gesture here. But I'm afraid he is decades late and billions of dollars short. The mutual corruption between church and state has already happened; if the Johnson Amendment is repealed, it will merely be a formality. I say pair repeal of the Johnson Amendment with repealing the tax sheltered status of all religions. Make religions pay taxes just like the big businesses they really are.

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